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2017-2018 Academic Year in Review

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2017-2018 Academic Year in Review

The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy has amazing students, staff and faculty that add to the overall educational experience so prevalent here. Click through below to see some of the achievements met by Mewbourne College people - and picture yourself here.

Here are some fast facts from this year in MCEE:

  • Top 100 Best Engineering Schools according to US News and World Report
  • Ranked 3rd College for Petroleum Engineering according to US News and World Report
  • Alyssa Czapla, MCEE undergraduate advisor, was awarded the Provost's Award for Outstanding New Advisor, which was presented by Provost Kyle Harper.
  • OU Giving Day raised $9,714 (projected goal was $3,000) and had 77 students, 27 alumni/friends, and 17 faculty/staff participate.
  • Faculty published 58 technical papers in peer reviewed journals, and presented 187 published abstracts and conference proceedings, as well as 1 book and 7 published book chapters.
  • The Oklahoman recognized the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) as Partner of the Year at the Newspapers in Education 2017 Academic Excellence Luncheon in Oklahoma City.
  • Our G&G faculty have taught 59 undergraduate and 19 graduate sections of Geology and Geophysics courses. The School of has taught over 1,400 OU students through its General Education course offerings.
  • The MPGE faculty have taught 35 undergraduate and 26 graduate Petroleum and Geological Engineering courses.
  • The Energy Institute of the Americas has over the past 17 years organized over 80 short courses for the industry in Latin America, and in 2017 delivered six courses in Peru and Colombia. For 2018, we are proud to announce the creation of the first Professional Development Program for Oil and Gas Shales at the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. This program will be offered this summer from July 11- 20, 2018.
  • MPGE launched a new online masters program in Natural Gas and Engineering Management. This program is designed for adult learners who work full time, students may study when and where they want with the online format.
Students are the whole mission of the Mewbourne College and their successes are what is most important to everyone here. Check out this list of individual student awards and achievements for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Richard Brito – Provost Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Award (Fall 2017)
  • Charles Duval – Provost Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Award (Spring 2018)
  • Carlos Molinares – Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the 2018 SC GSA Meeting
  • Jeffrey Hardwick – 2018 Outstanding Geoscience Student awarded by the Tulsa Geological Society Foundation
  • Will Shelden – TEDx talk titled The Future of Water Security in Oklahoma and Texas
  • Fola Kolawole and Carlos Molinares – GSA research grant recipients
  • Delcio Teixeria and Hope Williams – Honors College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research
  • Dalila Jesus – 1st Alternate MCEE Outstanding Senior and CPSGG Charles Gould Award
  • Abraham Wallace – CPSGG Alan Witten Award
  • Zainab Al Ibrahim – CPSGG David Stearns Award
  • Glicinia Castro – CPSGG Estwing Hammer Award
  • Sheridan Mullen – Oklahoma Geological Foundation ‘Frederick H. and Lois M. Kate Fellowship’ 
  • Xiaobo Liu - Oklahoma Geological Foundation ‘Suzanne Takken Memorial Fellowship’ 
  • Dalila Jesus, Sheridan Mullen and Megan Hinkle – Oklahoma Geological Foundation ‘Frederick M. Black Field Camp Grant’ 
  • Lennon Infante - 2017 Oklahoma Geological Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • Gabriel Machado - 2017 AAPG Mid-Continent Grant
  • 15 Geology and Geophysics students were funded through the Undergraduate Research Grant program and were awarded at least $1,000 to conduct their own research with a faculty advisor
  • MPGE students attended the 2018 SPE North American Student Symposium at Louisiana State University where they were able to network with dozens of companies, meet students from other universities, and learn about groundbreaking technology and practices being used in the industry.
  • Ishank Gupta (working with Dr. Rai and Dr. Sondergeld) was awarded first place for his presentation at the Applied Geoscience Conference. 
  • Zhi Ye (working with Dr. Ghassemi) took second place at the conference.
  • MPGE students, Landon Wright, Najia Bilal, Ishank Gupta and Jack Borer, had the opportunity to travel to Edmonton, a city in Alberta, Canada, to participate in the Alberta Energy Challenge.
  • 43 MPGE graduate students published a total of 33 technical papers in professional journals and made 76 technical conference presentations in 22 cities around the globe.
  • MPGE students placed 2nd at that Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Competition in New Orleans in 2017.
  • Javier Tellez - "Most Dedicated International Teaching Assistant Award" from the Graduate College
  • Ph.D. students Chinedum Ezeakacha and Emmanuel Omojuwa were selected as finalist in the SPE Mid-Continent North America Regional Student Paper Contest and will compete at the international competition SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dallas this fall.

Oklahoma Geological Foundation ‘Field Camp Grant’ ($750.00)

  1. Zainab Alibrahim
  2. Delcio Dombassi Cardoso
  3. Glicinia Castro
  4. Kalila Cachimbombo Clemente
  5. Aristides Costa
  6. Shawna Dewald
  7. Eucenio Gaspar
  8. Hagan Hunter
  9. Candace Johnston
  10. Kourtney Lewis
  11. Nick Mallozzi
  12. Deodete Mande
  13. Brandon Maples
  14. Kathleen Miller
  15. Hannah Morgan
  16. Jonathon Pelton
  17. Ricardo Penaloza
  18. Tara Putri
  19. Jordan Renner
  20. Ryan Rosol
  21. Dionicio Salgado
  22. Will Shelden
  23. Tony Wiley
  24. Zachary Wright
  25. Malia Zinn

ConocoPhillips Student Research Symposium

ConocoPhillips Student Research Symposium – 57 geology and geophysics students competed in the poster competition which was open only to OU students. There were 9 total awards given.

In the undergraduate category, the winners were:

  • 3rd place – Nina McCollom
  • 2nd place – Sarah Sundberg
  • 1st place – Will Shelden

In the master’s category, the winners were:

  • 3rd place – Emily Ryan
  • 2nd place – Zhuobo Wang
  • 1st place – Kelsey Lewis

In the PhD category, the winners were:

  • 3rd place – Javier Tellez
  • 2nd place – Lennon Infante
  • 1st place – Gerhard Heij

Spring Break Student Expo

AAPG/SEG Spring Break Student Expo – 79 geology and geophysics students competed in a competition open to all University students. OU students won 6 out of 6 awards given.


  • 3rd place – Will Klibikas and Emily Ryan
  • 2nd place – Javier Tellez
  • 1st place – David Duarte


  • 3rd place – Folarin Kolawole
  • 2nd place – Lennon Infante
  • 1st place – Colin Pennington

Student Organizations

  • Pick & Hammer – reached over 2,000 students through community outreach and recieved a $20,000 grant from Halliburton for their outreach efforts
  • AAPG and SEG – brought in a number of speakers for Lunch & Learns, colloquium, speaker series and workshops
  • AAPG hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross
  • OU SPE was recognized as an Outstanding Student Chapter, and they continuted their status as the top fundraiser for OU's Relay for Life.
  • The OU SPE Petrobowl team took first place among the roughly 20 North American teams where the top five advance to the international competition at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in San Antonio, TX in 2017. At ATCE they placed 3rd overall - making them the highest placed domestic team.

Faculty at the Mewbourne College are known around the world for their research and as experts in the field. Below is just a sample of the amazing work our faculty members have put in over the last year.

  • 14 Geology courses incorporated hands-on Field Trips into their curriculum, giving almost 200 Undergraduate and Graduate students the opportunity to travel.
  • Dr. Lynn Soreghan – president-elect of SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • Dr. Nori Nakata – Young Scientist Award from the Seismological Society of Japan
  • Brett Carpenter organized the DISCO conference
  • Professors Lynn Soreghan and Michael Behm acquired seismic reflection/refraction data, acquiring 270 shot points and 500 mobile seismic recorders.
  • Dr. Teodoriu was appointed Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.
  • Dr. Ghassemi was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee in France.
  • Dr. Ali Ousseini Tinni was selected to be an SPWLA distinguished speaker.
  • Dr. Misra was selected to serve on the steering committee for the SPWLA 2018 Spring Topical Conference.
  • Dr. Salehi is serving as a co-investigator on a $9.7 million Department of Energy grant to conduct a study to better understand how to recover oil in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, a geological formation that covers 28 parishes in central and south Louisiana, and several southwestern Mississippi counties.
  • Dr. Siddharth Misra was recently awarded the Faculty Investment Program funding by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Research Council.
  • Dr. Devegowda was awarded the Graddy Award which is based on nominations from the Graduate College and recognizes outstanding service to our graduate students.

International Programs

  • In 2017, International Programs sent 30 students on study abroad programs, faculty and students went to Spain, Romania, and Bolivia.
  • In 2018, we will see 35 Mewbourne College students going abroad, to China, Brazil, Spain, Romania and Colombia.
  • The College has supported these efforts, by awarding over $57,000 in scholarships and financial support since 2017. International Programs is very proud of these inquisitive, global citizens- and is very excited to support Mewbourne students in their study abroad programs.

Student Spotlights

Click any of the spotlights below to learn more about ourstudents and where a degree from the Mewbourne College can take them (some of them are rather surprising).