Jon Olson, SPE, has been appointed chair of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering within the university’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Olson has been a faculty member at the school for 20 years and worked as a research engineer at Mobil Oil prior to his academic career. His work currently focuses on production optimization and environmental impact issues related to hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas development. Olson holds BS degrees in civil engineering and Earth sciences from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in applied Earth sciences from Stanford University.
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