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Baker Hughes Gifts Enhance UW Petroleum Engineering Education and Research

June 27, 2008

Recent gifts from Baker Hughes Incorporated will bolster the University of Wyoming's resurgent petroleum engineering program.

The company is providing an X-ray defractometer, $50,000 and needed materials for student drilling fluids labs that will strengthen educational and research programs to meet energy industry demands.

Morris Argyle, petroleum engineering department head, says, "The drilling fluids labs will benefit from these gifts, both for educational and research purposes. The X-ray defractometer provides needed technology to analyze core samples as x-ray beams interact with the samples."

"Energy resources are the basis of Wyoming's economy now and for the foreseeable future, says UW's College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean, Rob Ettema. "Creating a robust learning environment with industry standard equipment is key to a premier education for our students. Baker Hughes' gifts provide needed support as we prepare our graduates for effective careers.

"UW is known for graduates who have strong fundamentals in their chosen discipline, who are life-long learners and are willing to get the job done," he says. "Our vision is to be recognized internationally for the excellence of our education and research programs, and the support from Baker Hughes aids this recognition.

"Baker Hughes is proud to support the petroleum engineering program at the University of Wyoming. Both the company and I have long-standing ties to the university," says Chad C. Deaton, chairman, president and CEO of Baker Hughes and UW alumnus (B.S. , geology, 1976). "We are investing in petroleum education programs at UW and other universities around the world to help develop the technical professionals our industry needs to meet the world's demand for energy. Partnerships between companies and universities go a long way in preparing students to make a meaningful contribution as soon as they graduate."

Baker Hughes is a global oilfield services company with operations in more than 90 countries. The company provides advanced products and services to help customers drill, evaluate, complete and produce oil and gas wells. Baker Hughes also provides reservoir engineering and other consulting services.

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