For the second consecutive day, Texas Tech University has announced the receipt of donations over seven figures.  A combined $1.8 million has been donated from multiple donors to the Texas Tech Petroleum Engineering Department.

The funds will be used to help complete the new Petroleum Engineering Research Building and parts of the new building will be named after the donors. The named portions of the building will include the Steve Heitzman Conference Room, Harvey L. Ratliff Jr. Department Chair Suite, the Walter Exploration Conference Room, and the David G. Wight Courtyard.

“The new Petroleum Engineering Research Building would not be possible without the support of so many alumni, friends and donors of Texas Tech,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “Our university has a strong reputation for producing top petroleum engineering graduates who become leaders in the industry, and the completion of this new facility will enable us to make an even bigger impact on education and industry operations. Thank you to all of the donors who have contributed.”

“I could not be more pleased with the outpouring of support for our efforts to fund this state-of-the-art research and educational facility,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “Red Raiders, and those who hire Red Raiders, realize the importance of petroleum engineering to the state of Texas and to the nation. This building goes a long way towards helping us teach the energy leaders of tomorrow.”

According to Texas Tech, the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is one of the largest petroleum departments in the world. It will be staffed with industry-experienced faculty.

The new Petroleum Engineering Research Building will be a $22.8 million facility with approximately 42,000 square feet of modern classroom and research space.