Center for Midstream Management and Science

Center for Midstream Management and Science

Midstream Focus

The Center for Midstream Management and Science ("Midstream Center" or "Center"), established and funded by the Texas legislature in late 2019, serves as a bridge between Lamar University and the midstream industry, including all oil and gas transportation, gas processing, terminals and storage. Lamar University (i) is located in Beaumont, Texas, in the middle of one of the largest and most important transportation, storage, refining, and petrochemical complexes in the world, (ii) is graduating as many as 300 engineers each year, and (iii) has 46 faculty members in the college of engineering, 16 of which have a midstream focus. An assessment of engineering faculty strengths and interests in combination with guidance from the Center's industry advisory board has led to a focus in (i) leak detection and monitoring, (ii) big data, AI and predictive maintenance, (iii) corrosion detection and monitoring, and (iv) resilience and reliability. 

Solutions through Technology

Dramatically changing domestic upstream oil and natural gas production dynamics and geography, resulting primarily from horizontal, multi-stage fracture simulation technology and shale development, continues to impact the midstream sector. Wild fluctuations in commodity prices and demand have also stressed industry as have growing demands from environmental, safety and government stakeholders. The Midstream Center seeks to identify technological midstream issues and bring LU's knowledge and research capabilities to bear to solve these concerns, enabling companies to reduce cost and enhance revenues and profits.

Support and Education

The Midstream Center financially supports students, faculty, labs, and post-doctoral fellowships across Lamar University with an emphasis on applied research that offers practical value propositions to midstream companies and is developing a midstream certificate program that will soon be available to undergraduate and master's engineering graduates. The Center seeks to act as a clearing house for topical midstream information and research by hosting an annual midstream symposium and periodic panel discussions and events. Additionally, the Center is developing an annual Midstream Technology Showcase to highlight new and emerging technologies and is building the Midstream Clearing House, a midstream-focused database of published research and doctoral dissertations, along with an electronic rolodex of academics and researchers interested in various midstream-relevant issues.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Midstream Management and Science at Lamar University is to establish and grow a cross-disciplinary industry/university collaboration that promotes dialogue along with practical  solutions to problems in the midstream sector.

  • Funded by the Midstream Center using taxpayer dollars, Lamar College of Engineering faculty pursue applied research projects that present a clear value proposition to midstream companies. The objective of this research is to develop and prove problem solution viability in order to attract private funding of additional advanced technology and/or prototype development.

  • Funded by corporations, federal agencies, and foundations, engineering faculty pursue applied research to develop practical solutions for midstream sector problems including, but not limited to (i) leak detection and monitoring, (ii) big data, AI, and predictive maintenance, (iii) corrosion detection and monitoring, and (iv) resilience and reliability.

  • The Center delivers educational services to the midstream sector through avenues such as the Midstream Certificate Program and by infusing industry workforce educational priorities in Lamar’s College of Engineering’s continuous curriculum improvement efforts. The Midstream Center seeks to promote dialogue and information transfer among industry participants via newsletters and sponsored events such as the annual Midstream Symposium and periodic industry roundtables, and direct involvement with industry organizations such as the Texas Oil and Gas Association.