The mission of the Colorado School of Mines’ Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI) is to provide a platform for multidisciplinary research in all areas of unconventional natural gas and oil exploration and development. This Institute encompasses all relevant disciplines and brings together world-class researchers and those organizations seeking solutions to complex problems. Active member involvement is encouraged to quickly bridge from science to engineering applications. Focus is also placed on education and outreach to improve the understanding of the importance of worldwide unconventional natural gas resources.
- a focus point and management structure for large, multidisciplinary projects
- project seed money or matching funds
- investment in large equipment and enhanced infrastructure
- funding for post-docs and visiting scholars
- training for undergraduate and graduate students with specialization in unconventional reservoirs
- training for oil industry, federal and state government employees, regulators and policy makers with specialization in unconventional reservoirs
- unbiased knowledge source for public
RESEARCH – EDUCATION – OUTREACH – ACTION
UNGI encourages and supports multidisciplinary research in every area of unconventional natural gas and oil exploration and development. By encompassing relevant disciplines and bringing together world-class researchers and organizations seeking solutions to complex problems, the institute fosters and stimulates understanding of this emerging resource. UNGI encourages active member involvement to quickly bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and practical engineering applications. Through education and outreach, the institute furthers understanding of worldwide unconventional natural gas and oil resources and the importance of these resources to today’s energy concerns.
Mines is the ideal institution to lead innovative developments in this vital energy arena. UNGI draws from Mines’ unique, specialized, interdisciplinary expertise in all areas of upstream natural gas research. Mines’ resources include a variety of centers and consortia that support UNGI and its research.
UNGI conducts research in all areas of unconventional natural gas and oil exploration and development. The institute works quickly toward practical applications so the world can benefit from an energy source that is:
Abundant | Clean-burning | Economical
“The Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute at the Colorado School of Mines will aid in technical development and technology transfer for unconventional gas sources, which domestically are estimated to contain trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.”
—The New York Times