Mines has received gifts and commitments totaling $2.5 million from Halliburton to support a sponsored research program, the Halliburton Advanced Technology Graduate Fellows Program, and the university’s new petroleum engineering building, Marquez Hall. The multifaceted gift will fund a broad range of initiatives that will help prepare Mines’ high-caliber students to become highly trained industry professionals.
“Halliburton is a longtime corporate partner of Colorado School of Mines,” said Mines President M.W. Scoggins. “Their widespread support helps ensure that our students are equipped to become the capable leaders and problem-solvers that industry needs to address the Earth’s complex resource and energy challenges.”
The company named the Halliburton Hydraulic Fracturing Research Laboratory and the Halliburton Visualization Center, both of which are located in newly constructed Marquez Hall, a state-of-art facility that opened in fall 2012 and houses Mines’ Petroleum Engineering Department. The Halliburton Hydraulic Fracturing Research Laboratory fosters collaborative research and education activities that allow industry experts to interact with Mines faculty and graduate students. The Halliburton Visualization Center is a multipurpose room with theater-style seating in which students wear 3D glasses and can virtually fly through petroleum reservoirs. The LEED-certified building also includes roughly 64,000 square feet of computer classrooms, laboratories, research centers, and informal gathering areas designed with students in mind, including 23,600 square feet of classroom space for use by the entire campus.
In addition, the company is sponsoring research projects and has established the Halliburton Advanced Technology Graduate Fellows Program, which will foster focused inquiry into some of the most urgent energy development problems of our time. Halliburton Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with the technology divisions of Halliburton and participate in research at the company’s new Technology Research Center in Houston.
“Halliburton’s years of support for student scholarships and diversity programs, K-12 outreach, and faculty and research initiatives have helped shape Mines into the competitive university that it is today,” said Executive Vice President for University Advancement Brian Winkelbauer. “We are grateful for this additional measure of support, and our campus will feel the impact of the company’s tremendous investments for years to come.”
“Colorado School of Mines is one our company’s strategic education partner schools, where we hire more under graduates than any other company,” said Halliburton Technology Vice President Greg Powers. “Halliburton is continuously introducing new technologies that change the way oil and gas is discovered, developed and produced. In establishing state-of-the-art facilities in the new Halliburton Visualization Center and Halliburton Hydraulic Fracturing Research lab, we believe students and researchers can make valuable contributions to the energy industry.
“In addition, our sponsorship of the Halliburton Graduate Fellows Program is an important component in preparing Mines graduates for a rapid and productive start to their industrial careers.”