UT Austin Faculty Lend Expertise to Oil and Gas Industry Training

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PETEX enlists top professors and industry experts to write top-selling "Fundamentals of Petroleum."

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The University of Texas at Austin

Three top professors at The University of Texas at Austin have made new contributions to the latest edition of "Fundamentals of Petroleum," a best-selling oil and gas industry training publication produced by the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX). Since its inception in 1944, PETEX has become the industry trainer of choice, and "Fundamentals of Petroleum" is its flagship publication. "Fundamentals of Petroleum" has sold over 75,000 copies since its first publication in 1979. PETEX, a component of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin, offers training and study materials to workers in every sector of the oil and gas industry, from roughnecks to executives.

“We are so proud to count Dr. Paul Bommer, Dr. Chris Zahm and Dr. Michael Webber among the contributors to 'Fundamentals of Petroleum,'” said John Hoopingarner, director of PETEX. “The reason this publication is considered a classic within the industry is the great information, guidance and expertise found within its pages from generations of esteemed experts and contributors. Now, these three distinguished academics have added their own insights to this latest edition. Anyone who reads, studies, or refers to this book will have the benefit of their great knowledge.”

  • Dr. Bommer is a senior lecturer in the university’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. He is a major contributor to PETEX, having written "The Primer of Oil Well Drilling, 7th Edition" and "Arithmetic for Rig Personnel." He is currently developing a series of e-learning tools in addition to "The Beam Lift Handbook" with colleague Dr. Tony Podio. Dr. Bommer also serves on PETEX’ advisory board.
  • Dr. Zahm is a Research Associate in the university’s Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Geological Sciences. He comes to the university after working as a structural geologist for ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology.
  • Dr. Webber is an Associate Director in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Webber's opinions and research have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio, BBC, and many other media outlets.

Linda Glessner, Senior Associate Dean of CIE, credits PETEX’s staff for its longevity as a trainer of choice in the oil and gas industry. “John Hoopingarner and his team are experts in this field with a deep understanding of training and how it resonates within the industry. That level of staff expertise, married with the impressive instructional content and innovative delivery methods, such as e-learning, books, video-on-demand and industry-ready assessment tools, makes PETEX unlike any other training provider of its type in the world.”

About PETEX:

In 1944, the Texas state legislature mandated that The University of Texas at Austin provide training to workers in the oil and gas industry, resulting in the establishment of the Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX). PETEX trains workers with comprehensive on-site courses, up-to-date publications and Web-based tools all designed to ensure that industry workers are fully trained and highly-skilled. http://www.petex.org.

About Continuing and Innovative Education:

Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) has a 100-year history of extending the resources of The University of Texas at Austin to anyone with a desire to learn. CIE provides a wide range of credit and noncredit courses, services and programs that encompass K-16 academics, online college and professional development courses, professional certificate programs and personal enrichment opportunities. http://www.utexas.edu/cie/stories.

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