August 27, 2013
The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering has a bright future at Texas Tech University, and on this National Petroleum Day (Aug. 27), anyone can catch a glimpse from anywhere in the world via webcam. The day is observed annually to raise awareness for the impact petroleum has had on life as we know it.
Talk of oil prices and production top the news daily, and the International Energy Agency estimates the U.S. could become the world’s biggest oil producer by 2020 or sooner. With this oil boom, Texas Tech’s Whitacre College of Engineering welcomes a new era in petroleum engineering and operations education.
Texas Tech’s petroleum engineering department already is one of the largest in the country, but may increase after the opening of a new $20 million facility, with 40,000 square feet of modern classroom and research space, where students will learn techniques in a hands-on environment. The new building is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
The live webcam is provided and maintained by Texas Tech Facilities Planning and Construction.
The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.
Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.