Texas A&M University has received approval to form the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems (Video)

Texas A&M University has received approval to form the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems.

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M University has received approval to form the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems.

The new center will integrate the study of geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering at Texas A&M, giving students the interdisciplinary foundation they need to be successful in the petroleum industry, the university says. Additionally, it will provide the research focus and resources faculty need to develop integrated petroleum solutions.

The goal of the center is to link faculty researchers with scientists and engineers in the energy industry so that together they can educate a new generation of petroleum and sedimentary geologists, geophysicists and engineers who are capable of meeting the nation’s energy challenges by working on interdisciplinary teams to tackle real world problems.

The Berg-Hughes Center will be housed in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and will be supported by the colleges of Geosciences, Engineering and Science. Twenty-six faculty members plan to participate in the center, including geologists, geophysicists, marine geologists and geophysicists, and petroleum engineers. They will provide innovative, multidisciplinary education and research opportunities for students in these disciplines, the university says.

Dr. Ernest A. Mancini, who is currently director of the Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies and a distinguished research professor of petroleum geology and stratigraphy at the University of Alabama, will be director of the Berg-Hughes Center.

The Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems is named for the late Dr. Robert R. Berg and for the Hughes family – Dan A. Hughes '51, Dudley Hughes '51, and Dan Allen Hughes '80. Together, Dan, Dudley and Dan Allen Hughes have established a $1 million endowment for the naming of the center, and the Dan A. Hughes endowed chair is to be awarded to the center director.

07/20/2009

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