UH to open first subsea engineering masters program in 2013

Reporter- Houston Business Journal

The University of Houston has plans to offer the fist subsea engineering graduate program in the U.S.

The local university recently said the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the school’s proposal to offer a graduate subsea engineering program. The program, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2013, will complement the school’s existing subsea engineering certification program.

UH said it partnered with leading energy engineering companies to create a master’s subsea engineering program with lectures and hands-on software education for subsea systems design.

“UH received tremendous input for both of the subsea programs from industry experts, including Cameron, FMC Technologies and GE Oil & Gas,” Matthew Franchek, founding director of UH’s subsea program and a mechanical engineering professor, said in a statement.

Subsea engineers are expected to design, install and maintain oil and gas drilling and production equipment tools and infrastructure under thousands of feet of water.

Last year, UH said it began its subsea engineering certificate program because the oil industry had an increased demand for these types of employees.

Molly Ryan covers manufacturing, technology, the Port and logistics.

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Schlumberger Announces Agreement to Sell Wilson International Inc.

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posted on 4-11-2012

HOUSTON, April 10, 2012—Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV) to sell its Wilson distribution business. Schlumberger acquired Wilson International Inc. as part of the acquisition of Smith International in 2010. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

“Schlumberger’s global supply chain has benefited from Wilson’s best-in-class distribution practices and we look forward to working with Wilson in the future,” commented Paal Kibsgaard, Schlumberger Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1921, Wilson is a leading distributor of pipe, valves and fittings as well as mill, tool and safety products and services to the international energy business and to other industrial customers. The company manages a distribution business of approximately 200 sales and operations locations across the United States with a growing presence in other key international geographies. Wilson employs…

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