Nuclear engineers at The University of Texas at Austin received an infusion of funds recently from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that will enable them to continue pioneering research in two distinct but related fields of study.
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.
In related news, 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.
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