Here's some of the recent events on my path as an academic.
February 2023 - I was notified by Chair Jon Olson and Dean Roger Bonnecaze of my promotion to Full Professor.
January 2023 - I cohosted the 3rd Annual Energy AI Hackathon open to all students at The University of Texas at Austin with Professor John Foster. 3 days of very little sleep! Appreciation to our department, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems engineering, industry mentors, and judges for their strong support for Data Science education. Excellent work by our students! Outstanding work by our hackathon architects, Elnara Rustamzade and Ruoyu Wang.
March 2022 - I hosted the 2nd Annual Energy AI hackathon open to all students at The University of Texas at Austin. 3 days of very little sleep! Taught a workshop, mentoring teams and running the show with Prof. John Foster. Appreciation to our department, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems engineering, industry mentors and judges for the strong support for Data Science education. Excellent work by our students! Outstanding work by our hackathon architects, Wen Pan and Elnara Rustamzade.
December 2021 - I was surprised at the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engnineering, The University of Texas at Austin holiday party with our department's 'Outstanding Teaching Award', presented by our chair, Professor Jon Olson. The selection was based on student feedback. This means a lot to me. Appreciation to the students and awards committee.
October 2021 - Proud of my students for a strong showing at GeoGulf 2021 here in Austin. 5 presentations including Wen Pan, Midé Mabadeje, Jose Hernandez, Eduardo Maldonado-Cruz, and Honggeun Jo (virtual talk). Amazing, novel work in subsurface data analytics and machine learning.
September 2021 - I'm excited to add 4 new graduate students to my team (at 15 now). Welcome Elnara Rustamzade, Misael Morales, Lei Liu, and Blazej Ksiazek.
July 2021 - I received the SPE Gulf Coast Section Data Science and Engineering Analytics award. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and support our subsurface geoscience and engineering community. Thank you for the recognition.
November 2020 - We can't let COVID stop us! I announced that I would give my AAPG Distinguished Lecture remotely at any geoscience department and what a great response. In the month or so, I spoke at Virginia Tech, Fresno State, University of Georgia and University of Oklahoma. I had a blast visiting with all the amazing students and faculty to share my experience with subsurface data analytics and machine learning.
September 2020 - It was an honor to give my first TED talk at TEDx UT Austin. To support the BreakThrough theme of the event, I talked about my own First Generation experience, the impact of education in my life, my desire to give back by sharing all my educational 'products' beyond campus with social media. It is my hope that I can be a voice for accessible engineering and science, perhaps someone's life will be changed as mine was due to a student engineer that spoke up randomly at a gas station! For me it is all about breaking down barriers and making campus a welcoming place to all!
May 2020 - The American Association of Petroleum Geologists unlocked my distinguished lecture on Subsurface Data Analytics and Machine Learning. Anyone can watch it! Click the image above to check it out. Thank you to Vern Stefanic, Heather Hodges, and everyone else I got to work with at the AAPG education foundation. What an amazing group!
Jan 2020 - I was recently appointed to the Jackson School of Geosciences! I'm so excited to continue to build collaborative opportunities between the engineering and geosciences aspects of subsurface development and environmental protection and I'm excited to further support spatial data analytics, geostatistics, and machine learning education for geoscience students. I have always spanned engineering and geoscience and to me, this is a great professional honor and opportunity! Thank you for the great welcome, Jackson School!
Dec. 2019 - While I recorded my Distinguished Lecture with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, I also got to join Vern Stefanic for his Digging Deeper podcast. Click the image above to check it out.