Petroleum Science and Energy Transition High School Educator Institute - The University of Tulsa
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Petroleum Science and Energy Transition High School Educator Institute

The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa offers a summer workshop for Oklahoma high school science teachers to enhance their ability to teach on the subjects of energy sources and transition, fossil fuels in today’s world, and opportunities for their students to pursue a career in the 21st century energy industry. This free, four-day workshop for 25 educators in the fields of chemistry, physics, environmental science, or mathematics provides valuable continuing education resources as well as a $200 stipend for participants. with the option for an additional $500 for teaching a local workshop.

With the discussion of climate change in classrooms across the United States, many students hear that petroleum engineers are becoming a thing of the past. In reality more than 80% of the nation’s energy comes from fossil fuels and this dominance will continue as developing countries become more prosperous. In addition applications in energy transition require the knowledge and expertise of petroleum engineers in the areas of CO2 sequestration in depleted reservoirs and aquifers, intermitted storage of hydrogen in aquifers, transportation of hydrogen and other fuels through extensive pipeline networks, geothermal energy in deep formations, management of produced water, as well as reduction of methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

June 24-27 2024

$200 stipend - rising to $700 total

This workshop was designed by the faculty of two of the top three petroleum engineering programs in the world (University of Texas at Austin and The University of Tulsa) to give current secondary teachers the tools that they need to teach the most up-to-date information in energy applications. Every topic covered in the workshop is mapped on current Oklahoma Educational Standards (see www.EnergyExcursions.com.)

For successful applicants, The University of Tulsa and several of their benefactors will cover all expenses including meals and housing for the four-day workshop. In addition each participant will earn a $200 stipend with the opportunity to earn an additional $500 if they subsequently lead a workshop for 10-20 teachers in their respective or nearby school districts.

  • 2024 Agenda

    Monday, June 24, 2024 (Keplinger Hall, 2050)

    Topic: Science and Engineering Expertise to Safely Drill into the Earth

     

    8 – 8:30 a.m. – Welcome
    Welcome and Introductions
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Energy Transition 
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – Introduction to the Energy Excursions Website 
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    9:45 – 10 a.m. – Break

    10 – 11:30 a.m. – Rocks and Fluids for Petroleum Systems 
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch 

    12:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Drilling A Safe Well
    Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa

    1:45 – 2:30 p.m. – Energy Excursion Assignment (self-paced)
    Course: In Pursuit of the Safe Well
    Lessons:

    • What is a well?
    • Geological Considerations when Drilling a well
    • Engineering consideration when drilling a well
    • Drilling Mud

    2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Break

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Well Control and Completions
    Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa

    3:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Energy Excursions Assignment (self-paced)
    Course: In Pursuit of the Safe Well
    Lessons:

    • Primary Well Control
    • Cement and Casing
    • Secondary Well Control
    • Tertiary Well Control

    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    4:15 – 5 p.m. – Introduction to Production Systems
    Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa

    5:15 p.m. – Dinner 
    Albert G’s BBQ

     

    Tuesday, June 25, 2024 (Keplinger Hall, 2050)

     

    8 a.m. – Noon – Lab Experience

    • Drilling Simulator and Making drilling mud
      Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa
    • Gas Lift Simulator
    • Multi-phase simulator
    • Three-phase Separator Simulator
      Eduardo Pereyra – The University of Tulsa

    Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch

    1 – 2:15 p.m. – Basics of Reservoir
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    2:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Break

    2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Energy Excursions Assignment (self-paced)
    Course: Put it Back (# of topics)
    Lessons:

    • CO2 Emissions (5)
    • Energy Consumption (5)
    • Reducing Emissions (6)
    • CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (4)

    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa

    3:15 – 4 p.m. – Carbon Storage
    Silvio Baldino, The University of Tulsa

    4 – 5 p.m. – Energy Storage
    Silvio Baldino, The University of Tulsa

    5:30 p.m. – Presentation and Dinner

     

    Wednesday, June 26, 2024

     

    7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Depart from Keplinger Hall for a Field Trip

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch at the Operational Location

    1 – 2 p.m. – Oil company producing field which showcases environmental concerns and prevention of emissions

    2 – 4:30 p.m. – Drive back to Tulsa

     

    Thursday, June 27, 2024 (Keplinger Hall)

    Topic: Science and Engineering Expertise to Safely Drill into the Earth

     

    8 a.m. – Noon – Energy Storage and Usage: Experimental Data and Observations
    Energy storage using:

    • Wind energy
    • Solar energy
    • Hydraulic energy
    • Combustion engine
    • Thermal difference

    Eduardo Pereyra, The University of Tulsa
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa
    Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa

    Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch

    1 – 2 p.m. – (A) and (B) Course: Energize the Future (# of topics) Self-Paced
    Lessons:

    • What is Energy? (5)
    • Energizing the planet

    2 – 5 p.m. – Energy storage using:

    • Wind energy
    • Solar energy
    • Hydraulic energy
    • Combustion engine
    • Thermal difference

    Eduardo Pereyra, The University of Tulsa
    Mohan Kelkar, The University of Tulsa
    Mike Stafford, The University of Tulsa

    Final Comments and Survey

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