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Who We Are

Who We Are

Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Vision

The Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy improves people’s lives through research, education, and service by studying Earth’s past and present, developing new energy tools and resources, and creating geoscientists and engineers who work across disciplines to address some of society’s most critical challenges. 

Sarkeys Energy Center and gardens during the Spring.

Mewbourne College Values

The University’s most treasured assets are its students, faculty and staff — their dreams, ambitions and talents. 

All disciplines of scholarly endeavor are valued contributors to research and creative activity. 

Integrity, ethical conduct and mutual respect are uncompromising principles by which research and creative activity must be pursued. 

Unfettered exchange and debate of competing ideas and perspectives expands understanding, promotes inclusion and ultimately leads to excellence. 

Collaboration – whether among individuals in the same discipline or involving scholars across multiple disciplines, programs, institutions, and types of organizations – is recognized as a valuable means for strengthening research and creative activity and creates innovative scholarship and solutions. 

Broad participation in research and creative activity that encompasses but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, geography, organization, discipline, and perspective, is foundational to excellence in scholarly endeavors. Increasing the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups, particularly in STEM fields, is an institutional priority in research and creative activity. 

Research, creative endeavor, and education, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, are inextricably intertwined and in combination represent the foundation of knowledge creation upon which the University’s scholarly enterprise rests. Research includes both basic and applied, enhancing our capabilities, and contributing to science. 

Mewbourne College Research Directives and Areas

WE WILL PURSUE INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP 

Petroleum Geosciences
Paleoclimatology
Geochemistry
Paleontology 

Environmental Geology
Machine Learning
Critical Zone Geoscience
Paleoecology 


WE WILL INVEST IN PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 

Induced Seismicity
Carbon Capture
Geothermal Energy
Energy Equity 

Water Quality and Resources
Human Error in Drilling
Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Justice 


WE WILL CONTINUE OUR LEGACY IN PETROLEUM ENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES 

Rock Mechanics and Hydraulic Fracturing
Reservoir Engineering
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Shales 

Drilling and Well Construction
Wellbore Integrity and Production Safety
Subsurface Characterization
Uncoventional Resources 


WE WILL FOSTER KNOWLEDGE IN THE SUBSURFACE 

Petrophysics
Seismicity
Reservoir Characterization
Geophysics 

Geothermal Energy
Reservoir Modeling
Paleoclimate
Environmental Geophysics 


WE WILL UNDERSTAND THE PAST AND PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE 

Paleoclimate
Paleontology
Critical Zone Geoscience
Hydrogen Energy 

Planetary Geoscience
Paleoecology
Carbon Capture
Carbon Storage 


WE WILL SERVE OKLAHOMA 

Earth Science Education
Energy Education
Critical Zone Geoscience
Mapping 

Earthquake Monitoring
K-12 Outreach
Outdoor Educational Experiences
Oklahoma Geological Survey