UAA receives largest in-kind donation in university system history

by Michelle Saport  |   

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Sample view of PETREL E&P, part of the state-of-the-art geology software package donated to UAA by Schlumberger.

The University of Alaska Anchorage recently received the largest in-kind donation in University of Alaska System history.

Schlumberger, a leading oilfield service company, is donating to UAA a state-of-the-art geology software package with a $33 million market value. The company's suite of software includes PETREL E&P, which geologists use to collect data underground and build sophisticated 4-D* graphics of what lies miles below our feet.

"This is one of the most critical skills for students to learn in order to compete for jobs in the petroleum industry," said Jennifer Aschoff, a professor of geological sciences and the driving force behind UAA's new partnership with Schlumberger.

Faculty will install and test the software so it's ready for students in the fall. As UAA researchers compile new information they will make that data public, helping us learn more about what lies beneath Alaska's surface.

"We are incredibly excited that Schlumberger chose UAA as an educational ally," said UAA Provost Samuel Gingerich. "Schlumberger is giving our faculty and students key tools to fulfill their goals, and in turn, UAA faculty and students will help fill Alaska's need for energy education and research."

 

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