University of Oklahoma Plans to Restructure Its Energy Education and Research Efforts

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The University of Oklahoma plans to restructure its energy education and research efforts.

The restructuring will encourage more interdisciplinary approaches to energy education, increased research and a more integrated role for the Sarkeys Energy Center, according to OU.

The restructuring follows recommendations of a Presidential Advisory Task Force on Energy Education and Research appointed by President David L. Boren in October.

The task force recommended a focus on energy research and education, which would include the Sarkeys Energy Center, Oklahoma Geological Survey, the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering and the School of Geology and Geophysics.

Historically, OU has been at the forefront in educating petroleum engineers, consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five programs in the nation and producing many of the world's leaders in the oil and gas industry, Boren said. Now we must re-shape our structure to educate students for fields of the future and to conduct research that will benefit industry and our nation at large.

Boren said that students should in no way have their current courses of studies disrupted. …