Dr. Jim Dyer, Co-Director of the McCombs School of Business’ Energy Management and Innovation Center, and Dr. Paul Bommer, senior lecturer in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Petroleum Engineering Department, participated in a report commissioned by BSEE and the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council to evaluate the best available and safest technologies for offshore oil and gas operations.
UT Austin is partnering with the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Texas A&M and the University of Houston to launch a new research center to identify best practices for operational improvements in offshore drilling safety and environmental protection, blowout containment and oil spill response. Texas A&M’s Engineering Experiment Station will manage the new Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. For more, read the Cockrell School of Engineering press release and a news article from the Houston Chronicle.
Chemical engineers are uniquely trained to solve global energy challenges by expertly prioritizing resources, suggests a recent editorial in Chemical Engineer Professionals (CSE) magazine. Such input also would help deepen public understanding of energy issues, CSE noted, citing a recent UT Energy Poll as evidence of consumers’ lack of interest and misunderstanding of energy matters.
Encouraging more women to take active roles in energy issues will not only elevate the status of women, it will help achieve a more sustainable future for everyone. Read the entire op-ed by Energy Institute Deputy Director Dr. Michael Webber and UT Energy Poll Director Sheril Kirshenbaum.