ConocoPhillips Gives Texas A&M $1 Million To Support Data Science Certificate Program

Texas A&M University has created an Undergraduate Certificate in Data Analytics for the Petroleum Industry (CERT-DAPI), supported by a $1 million gift from ConocoPhillips. The five-year gift is part of ConocoPhillips’ commitment to help meet the growing demand for data science coursework in universities. The certificate program will admit its first students during the 2021-22 fall semester. The program resulted from a collaboration between Texas A&M’s colleges of engineering, science, geosciences and Mays Business School.

The program managed by TAMIDS and the Department of Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering are managing the program. Students interested to enroll in CERT-DAPI can find further information here.

The program is organized following the Curricular Paths framework developed by TAMIDS, which builds on students’ varied disciplinary preparation, culminating in interdisciplinary team projects in a practicum that was developed for the program. Curricular Paths draws on practices from industry where researchers with varied disciplinary groundings acquire knowledge outside their fields to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams,” said Nick Duffield, TAMIDS director and holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professorship in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, and Chair of CERT-DAPI Program Development.

The gift resulted from a coordinated effort by TAMIDS, the College of Science, the Mays Business School, the Texas A&M Provost Office, and the Texas A&M Foundation.

Texas A&M faculty members who contribute to the development and operation of the program will receive recognition as ConocoPhillips Data Science Faculty Fellows. Four will receive the awards for their work in 2021 for creating or redeveloping courses in the program.

The 2021 fellows are:

  • David Bapst, instructional assistant professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, College of Geosciences.
  • Michael Ketzenberg, professor, Department of Information and Operations Management, Mays Business School.
  • Siddharth Misra, associate professor and Douglas Von Gonten Faculty Fellow, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering.
  • Shahina Rahman, instructional assistant professor, Department of Statistics, College of Science.

In addition, the gift will provide funding for:

  • ConocoPhillips Data Science Graduate Assistantships for two students, who will assist in design and delivery of the practicum.
  • The ConocoPhillips Data Science Scholars program, which will provide scholarships for up to eight undergraduates, with eligibility based on scholastic achievement and partial completion of certificate requirements.

Further information on the gift and program appears at Texas A&M Today.