Leading Geologist makes special visit to University



A leading Geologist has paid a two-day visit to Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE).

Charles Sternbach, president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists met with staff and students on the 19 and 20 June.

He was hosted by Head of Institute, Professor Sebastian Geiger, University Chief Scientist, John Underhill and members of the Heriot-Watt's AAPG Student Chapter.

On his first day, Charles visited key localities in the Midland Valley of Scotland including Hutton's Unconformity at Siccar Point and outcrops of the West Lothian Oil Shale at South Queensferry.

And on day two, he undertook a tour of IPE's facilities meeting staff and students in the labs including a visit to the Dame May Ogilvie Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation centre in the Lyell Building.

The trip culminated with Charles delivering a lecture to the AAPG Student Chapter on the Association's Super basins initiative, which was well attended and warmly received.

John Underhill said: “The visit by the AAPG President demonstrates the global visibility of IPE and how well Heriot-Watt University is regarded on the international stage.”

Charles Sternbach added: “It was a pleasure visiting IPE and our time together. It is clear HWU has accomplished something truly great and look forward to working together in the future.”