Dr. Rasoul Sorkhabi, a CvEEN Research Professor, and Milind Deo, a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Energy & Geoscience Institute, have developed an innovative approach to geoscience and geoengineering education. Their work, which has recently been featured in the prestigious Issues in Science and Technology magazine by the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, aims to position geoscience and petroleum engineering departments at the forefront of the energy transition movement.

As the energy landscape continues to shift, the demand for petroleum engineering and geoscience professionals has decreased, leading to concerns about program closures. However, Dr. Sorkhabi and Dr. Deo emphasize the critical role that subsurface geoscientists and engineers play in the transition towards a low-carbon future.

Universities can promote energy sustainability by designing curricula that focus on energy transition research. Geoscientists and engineers can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of energy by exploring Earth’s interconnected systems. These programs can foster collaborations between academia and industry, embracing diversity and interdisciplinary work to address societal and environmental challenges.

To learn more, read Drs. Sorkhabi and Deo’s publication in Issues in Science and Technology here.