The University of Houston has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) with the aim to build scientific and technical knowledge through joint research.
The agreement was signed by IIPE founding director VSRK Prasad, IIPE administrative liaison Sudarsan Neogi, Elizabeth D Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, Joseph W Tedesco and UH vice provost for global strategies and studies, Jaime Ortiz.
The MoU covers key areas of possible collaboration – faculty exchanges, especially in subsea engineering, offshore and onshore petroleum engineering, process control systems and process safety in all chemical engineering fields and non-conventional energy areas.
The MoU also covers possible student exchanges for short-term visits and learning, joint research projects, and joint academic events and activities, including short courses, seminars, workshops and/or conferences based on mutual interest and institutional expertise. The two institutes may also explore research and projects involving distance and computer-based learning.
“We wish that this institute should develop an international level of globalization of research within the energy industry such that any person with any energy problem should look towards this institute,” – Jamie Ortiz, University of Houston.
IIPE was established in 2016 in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh initiated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It offers undergraduate degrees in petroleum and chemical engineering and is planning to offer various graduate programmes in energy-related fields.