(College Station, TX) –Talisman Energy USA, Inc. (Talisman) presented the Berg-Hughes Center at Texas A&M University a check for $25,000 as part of a $75,000, three-year commitment. The funds support a senior petrophysics research professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Petroleum Engineering and of Geology and Geophysics. The position bridges the two departments to further integrate students and faculty from the College of Geosciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering.
"We are incredibly grateful to Talisman for their support over the years. The petrophysics position is critical in the growth of the Berg-Hughes Center to become the leading educational center for the study of sedimentary and petroleum systems in the United States" said Michael Pope, interim director of the Berg-Hughes Center.
Walt Hufford, director of government and regulatory affairs, Talisman Energy USA Inc.; Dr. Duane McVey, Rob L. Adams '40 Professor in Petroleum Engineering; Dr. Mike Pope, professor and interim director, Berg-Hughes Center; and Dr. John R. Giardino, professor and department head, Geology and Geophysics. Talisman Energy USA, Inc., an upstream oil and gas production company, is a subsidiary of Talisman Energy, Inc. Based in Calgary, Alberta. Talisman is one of North America's largest independent producers of natural gas, and it also operates in Colombia, Southeast Asia and the North Sea. The company works to ensure its operations are carried out safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. It is a member of leading worldwide organizations that promote sustainable and responsible development, including the United Nations Global Compact and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
"Talisman is thrilled to support Texas A&M in developing future leaders for the energy industry," said Walt Hufford, director of government and regulatory affairs, Talisman Energy USA Inc. and Texas A&M former student ('83). "As a top-quality university, Talisman recognizes that Texas A&M is setting a high standard of leadership and excellence in its graduates, strengthening the upcoming "crew change" within the oil and gas industry as seasoned professionals retire. We are proud of our partnership with the Berg-Hughes Center and its ongoing research, which is critical to the safe and responsible development of new energy supplies."
The Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, established in 2009, provides programs in interdisciplinary geoscience and engineering education for faculty and students from several departments and colleges at Texas A&M. Through partnerships with the energy industry, the center fosters investigation and understanding of petroleum and sedimentary systems for improved energy exploration, development and capture technologies.
Department Head Geology and Geophysics
Michael C. Pope
Interim Director of Berg-Hughes Center