The Center for Midstream Management and Science ("Midstream Center" or "Center") was established and funded by the Texas legislature in late 2019 to serve as a bridge between Lamar University and the midstream industry, which includes:

  • Oil, NGL, and natural gas transportation
  • Natural gas processing
  • NGL fractionation
  • LNG terminals
  • Terminal and storage services

 Lamar University 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 and has been graduating as many as 300 engineers each year in service of this huge industry for generations. The Midstream Center is the only academic organization focused solely on the midstream industry. Its general mission is to work in partnership with the midstream industry with the objective of identifying and solving industry operational problems and advancing technologies impacting the midstream sector.

An assessment of faculty strengths and interests, in combination with guidance from the Center's Industry Advisory Board, led to a Midstream Center focus on specific research areas, including: (i) greenhouse gas management, (ii) leak detection and monitoring, (iii) big data, AI applications, deep learning, and predictive maintenance, (iv) corrosion detection and prevention, and (v) midstream system optimization. Since our formation in September 2019, we have funded seed capital for internal midstream-centric applied research projects totaling $2.1 million.