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Bureau of Economic Geology Expands Research Capacity

The Jackson School’s Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) is undertaking a crucial campaign to fund major upgrades to its research facilities. We are calling upon friends and supporters to step up and play a significant role in empowering the BEG to remain the top energy and environmental research institution in the world.

JSG alum Gregg Robertson (second from left) holds core cuttings that led to the development of the Eagle Ford  shale at 2013 BEG Industry Day. The BEG plans to double its core examination and analysis area as part of its  facilities campaign. Others in the photo include (left to right): James Donnelly (BEG staff), Scott Tinker (BEG  director), and Eric Potter (BEG associate director).

JSG alum Gregg Robertson (second from left) holds core cuttings that led to the development of the Eagle Ford shale at 2013 BEG Industry Day. The BEG plans to double its core examination and analysis area as part of its facilities campaign. Others in the photo include (left to right): James Donnelly (BEG staff), Scott Tinker (BEG director), and Eric Potter (BEG associate director).

“Facilities play a vital part in fueling the BEG’s research capabilities. We have highly skilled scientists who are challenged every day in carrying out cutting-edge research in laboratories that have not been upgraded in decades. Building new facilities and enhancing current ones is absolutely essential if we are to stay ahead of the curve,” says Scott Tinker, BEG director.

The campaign focuses on three urgent needs. The first is an upgrade of the BEG’s research laboratory building. First opened in November 1984, this building houses a large number of the BEG’s energy and environmental laboratories. As technology has changed exponentially in the past 30 years, major renovations are required to improve the functionality and safety of these labs and bring them up to current state-of-the-art standards.

Kitty Milliken (second from right), BEG senior research scientist, provides a hands-on talk at the Core Research Center to industry professionals.

Kitty Milliken (second from right), BEG senior research scientist, provides a hands-on talk at the Core Research Center to industry professionals.

The second urgent need is the construction of a new core examination building. The new 7,000 sq. ft. facility will be used exclusively by BEG researchers to conduct vital studies into the rock properties of the school’s vast core holdings. The building will double the BEG’s core examination and analysis area, while the existing examination room will be transitioned for use by the general public, students, outside researchers and industry professionals.

The third urgent need is for targeted support of specific research laboratories and complexes that reinforce the foundation of the BEG’s primary research disciplines.

“The research conducted by scientists and students at the BEG contributes directly to our understanding of the most important energy and environmental issues of our day – from unconventional resources to reservoir characterization to water resources and drought mitigation to carbon capture and storage. I invite companies, foundations and individuals who value this insight to contribute to this campaign,” says Sharon Mosher, dean.

The BEG capital campaign is one of our highest priorities at the Jackson School
- Sharon Mosher, dean

There are multiple naming opportunities available for this initiative. If you are interested in learning more about this crucial effort, please contact:

  • Belle German, director of development and alumni relations, at (512) 471-1993 or bgerman@jsg.utexas.edu
  • Karen Cochran, associate director of development, at (512) 471-6010 or kcochran@jsg.utexas.edu
  • Jazmine Leon-Wing, assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, at (512) 232-8085 or jleon-wing@jsg.utexas.edu
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