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MEDIA ADVISORY: Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department to Announce Milestone Gift and New Name at Campus Celebration

Celebrating a milestone gift and a new name for the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.

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What: The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a campus-wide event to celebrate a milestone gift to the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and to unveil a new name for the department, which is home to the No. 1-ranked graduate program in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

When: 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7

Where: CPE Building Plaza on the UT Austin campus, 200 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78712.
On the northeast corner of Speedway and Dean Keeton St.

Media: Free parking will be available to members of the media in the Speedway Garage (SWG), 105 E. 27th St., Austin, TX 78705.

Speakers: Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin; Sharon L. Wood, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering; and Jon Olson, chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, among others.

Fenves, Wood, Olson and Ernest H. Cockrell will be available to speak with members of the media after the program.

Background: With the nation’s No. 1-ranked petroleum engineering program (U.S. News and World Report 2018 graduate rankings), UT Austin’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering is renowned for its esteemed community of energy thought leaders. The generous gift, which has been made by an alumnus and energy industry leader, will provide resources to fund various new programs and a long-term strategic plan for the department. The plan, which will launch in 2018, aims to strengthen the department’s position as a global leader in energy education, research and innovation.

The Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering has more than 20 faculty members, including three National Academy of Engineering members and almost 600 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs.