July 2016

Penn State Society of Petroleum Engineers named 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter

Penn State’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) was recently named a 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter by the national SPE organization. The chapter will be recognized during a luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, held Sept. 26-28.

SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the production segment of the oil and gas industry.

Liu named Joseph Kreutzberger Early Career Professor in College of EMS

Shimin Liu, assistant professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State, has been named the inaugural Joseph Kreutzberger Early Career Professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.

“I am really honored to receive this professorship,” said Liu. “It will be beneficial for my early career development and will provide financial support for my research group.”

$1.3 million grant to predict fluid behavior, enhance oil recovery

In the U.S., approximately 60 percent of oil underground is inaccessible through conventional recovery methods, but through a new $1.3 million grant from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, is developing improved methods to free the once-trapped fossil fuel.