A Texas Tech graduate has made a hefty donation to Texas Tech’s Petroleum Engineering department.

On Wednesday, Texas Tech officials announced a $1 million gift from Tech alumnus Michael Herd.

The University will name the Michael Herd Fracturing and Production Laboratory, located in the new Petroleum Engineering Research Building in his honor.

As part of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, the new laboratory will serve as a cornerstone for the department and help build a state-of-the-art research space to study hydraulic fracturing and production operations.

“The Herds have been tremendous donors to Texas Tech, and this $1 million gift from Michael continues a tradition of generous support from a great family,” said Chancellor Kent Hance. “We are truly grateful to Michael and his grandfather for all their contributions to the university’s petroleum engineering program, which are helping expand our research endeavors and graduate the best engineers for a worldwide energy industry.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Petroleum Engineering Research Building will be held on Thursday, February 27th.