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Texas University Lands: History, Opportunities and Geoscience vision


The creation of TOGI began in 2012 when the University of Texas System Board of Regents formed the Task Force on Engineering Education for Texas in the 21st Century. An early recommendation by the Task Force was to develop greater ties to industry, and thus provide a resource for research and for hands-on educational opportunities. A second recommendation was to improve and increase internships that directly connect students with industry, and thus develop more opportunities to practice engineering and geoscience skills while pursuing a degree. The Texas Oil and Gas Institute was approved in 2015, and Dr. Jeff Spath, the 2014 SPE President and a former executive advisor at Schlumberger, was named as CEO.

Almost one year later we exist as an industry-centric and Houston-based, multi-disciplinary educational and research institute. Our initial client is University Lands, also part of the University of Texas System, and we are focused on improving the value of their oil and gas royalty assets for the benefit of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, Permanent University Fund.