(Feb. 17, 2011)--The UTSA Department of Geological Sciences recently received an in-kind software gift valued at $4,589,850 from Schlumberger Information Systems (SIS). As UTSA's largest in-kind donation to date, the software will help build an academic program in petroleum geology. An in-kind gift is defined as something that has a certain value, but is not a monetary gift.
"Schlumberger offers the world's leading multiphase fluid flow simulation and analysis software," said Alan Dutton, chair of the UTSA Department of Geological Sciences. "By granting UTSA access to the Eclipse suite of software for classroom and research use, our faculty and graduate students will receive training unsurpassed by even the most highly regarded U.S. graduate programs in environmental hydrogeology and petroleum geology."
San Antonio is the small-business hub for Texas' petroleum geology industry, which specializes in subsurface water-petroleum interactions. The industry includes more than 20 oil and gas companies that employ an average of 3-7 professionals at annual salaries of $100,000 or more.
Through Schlumberger's generosity, UTSA graduate students and faculty will have access to its Eclipse Blackoil Petrel seismic-to-simulation software and office over the next three years. The software is used by geologists and petroleum engineers to analyze and model reservoir data about multiphase fluid flow and the movement of oil, gas and water. The software can be used to simulate the movement of either nonaqueous contaminants in an aquifer or crude oil and natural gas in a reservoir.
Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) is an operating unit of Schlumberger, which provides software, information management, IT infrastructure and services. SIS enables oil and gas companies to solve today's tough reservoir challenges with innovative open collaboration and comprehensive global services involving exploration and production teams. Through their technologies and services, oil and gas companies can improve business performance, reduce exploration and development risk, and realize the potential of the digital oil field.
UTSA plans to incorporate the Eclipse software into the Department of Geological Sciences groundwater-modeling course, which is taken by UTSA graduate students in geological sciences, environmental science and civil engineering master's degree programs and the environmental science and engineering doctoral degree program.
"An interdisciplinary geology curriculum that teaches modeling principles using software like Schlumberger's Eclipse will be an asset to UTSA graduates during their professional careers," said Dutton. "Not only will the training help our students to consider the environmental perspective when they analyze unconventional contaminants in an aquifer, it will help new geology professionals better work with petroleum engineers, who often use modeling software during their regular course of business."
"More and more, we are finding that organizations want to continue their support of UTSA despite the down economy," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for advancement. "By providing UTSA with their products and services, our in-kind donors are making a significant impact that benefits our students by enhancing our teaching and research programs."
About Schlumberger Information Systems
Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 105,000 people representing more than 140 nationalities and working in more than 80 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry's widest range of products and services from exploration through production. Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston and The Hague and reported revenues of $22.7 billion in 2009.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.