Petroleum Industry Expert Lecture Series

A unique learning and networking experience for students at the University of Houston main campus

The Petroleum Technology Initiative welcomes all University of Houston undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from Technology, Engineering, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Business, and Law, as well as UH Alumni and industry partners.

Since 2008 each semester session features a dynamic industry-recognized expert, whose presentation focuses on a trending industry topic. Audience participation is encouraged through networking sessions and roundtable discussions. Table hosts, who are professionals from the oil and gas operating, engineering and service companies, lead the conversations and answer your questions regarding the presentation, industry, professional careers and experience.

The Spring Semester 2015 Petroleum Industry Expert Lecture is coming soon!


Fall 2014 Petroleum Industry Expert Lecture Series

On October 29, 2014 The College of Technology's Petroleum Technology Initiative held an absolute must-see presentation: 'The Global Oil and Gas Business: Introduction to Deepwater Development' by Keynote Speaker: Christopher M. Barton, Global Offshore Business Development, Senior Vice President with Wood Group Mustang, in which approximately 200 people ranging from undergraduate students to industry professionals and faculty attended. Presentation ended up with Q&A session when students asked many interesting questions inspired answers not only by Keynote Speaker, but several industry experts: Jack Christiansen, Kurt Albough, James Mohrfeld, present in the room.

The after event survey demonstrated that the attendees found this presentation invaluable, liked the venue, and appreciated an opportunity to network with 19 table hosts – representatives from the oil and gas industry companies – such as 2H Offshore, Deloitte, Dril-Quip, FMC Technologies, Halliburton, LINN Energy, Marathon Oil, MSC Kenny, Office Gemini, PEMEX, Phoenix Contact, Premium Value Services, Quest Offshore, Repsol, Stignant Enterprises, Wood Group Mustang, YLH Machinery Parts.

The survey also showed students' ultimate interest in the petroleum industry, deep and ultra-deep water projects, on-shore vs offshore field developments, and innovative technology and engineering to be our next event topics.

Introduction to Deepwater Development (PDF)