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UH petroleum engineering director wins SPE Award
Date:4/28/2014

over the relaunch of the petroleum engineering undergraduate degree, and under his guidance, the B.S. program has grown from 20 students to more than 600.

And Holley predicts that the program will continue to grow at UH's Energy Research Park (ERP), a 74-acre campus designed to bring academia and industry together to solve the world's most pressing energy-related issues.

"Tom Holley has done a wonderful job in resurrecting the undergraduate petroleum engineering program at UH," said Jeanne Perdue, Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section, who served on the Nominations Committee for the SPE Gulf Coast Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. "Enrollment is increasing exponentially, world-renowned faculty members are being recruited, and accreditation activities are under way."

Perdue, who also serves as a technical writer at Occidental Petroleum and a member of the University of Houston Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board, noted that Holley's leadership of the petroleum engineering program at UH has also benefitted local industry by providing a locally grown, highly skilled petroleum engineering workforce for Houston's energy companies. "Tom's hard work and dedication to make the University of Houston the preferred supplier of petroleum engineering talent in the Energy Capital of the World is certainly worthy of this SPE award," Perdue said.

Holley credits the petroleum engineering faculty, staff and students for the success of the program. "I'm very honored and grateful to receive this award, but I think it is important to note that this isn't particularly about me. A lot of people have been involved in this our faculty, staff, students, advisory board, and the UH administration," Holley said. "This program is so successful because of them."

"With regard to our program being special, one special feature is just geography," Holley said. "In particular, our proximity to a huge concentr
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Contact: Jeannie Kever
jekever@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston
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