Mission: To provide a professional partnership between students, faculty and leaders in the energy industry through cooperation, mentorship, research and education.

History: The TCU Core Storage Facility is celebrating their 10 year anniversary! It all began as an idea from members of the Energy Institute's Board of Advisors and some of the faculty in the Geology Department. Larry Brogdon, Bob Penn, Dan Jarvie, Floyd "Bo" Henk from the Energy Board along with John Breyer (Geology), Milt Enderlin (Geology) and Ken Morgan (Energy Institute) took an active role in securing and planning a facility to help the industry keep Barnett Shale core locally in Fort Worth. This became a reality in 2008. 

Beginning in 2009, Professor John Breyer began to coordinate receiving and researching the donated core. EOG and Matador Resources were the first companies to deposit several pallets of core. This was followed by a generous donation from Pioneer Natural Resources to construct offices and a climate controlled viewing area in 2010. From 2011 - 2014, the 9,000 square foot facility housed thousands of feet of organized and well kept core from all over the region.

Today we have a new location with a total of 15,000 square feet; 5,000' sqr/ft more storage, a 2,000' sqr/ft viewing room and a 600' sqr/ft classroom. Our team of faculty and staff keep the facility open for private viewing, tours, workshops and student research related to the geology, sedimentology, petrophics and geochemistry of the core samples stored on site.

For more information about the TCU Core Storage Facility, please contact the facility Coordinator: Carl Kurtz, 682-321-3964 or c.r.kurtz@tcu.edu


Director: Dr. Ken Morgan

Dr. Ken Morgan obtained degrees in geology, environmental engineering and resource management before starting his career as a professor at TCU in 1978.

In 1981, he started and became Director of the TCU Center for Remote Sensing and Energy Research for energy resource mapping. Dr. Morgan has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East about resource mapping, energy technology and emerging natural gas markets.

In 2008, he founded and became Director of the TCU Energy Institute and established an Advisory Board of 24 energy companies. He is also the Director of TCU¹s new School of Geology, Energy and The Environment.

Ken has published numerous articles on the potential use of domestic natural gas in the U.S. He currently chairs the Texas ³Metroplex NGV Consortium² of over 100 companies and helped lead the successful legislation for the Texas NGV Transportation Triangle, Texas Senate Bill SB-20. He also enjoys driving a Honda GX-NGV to help promote the use of clean burning natural gas.

Lab Coordinator: Carl Kurtz

Carl Kurtz began his professional experience after high school working for General Motors from 1998 to 1999 before he decided to become a US Marine. 

He served 6 years as a US Marine Infantryman, (1999-2005) and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duty assignments included: Marine Security Forces and Anit-terrorism teams, Kings Bay Ga.; 2nd Battalion - 3rd Marines, Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii; and 1st Battalion - 23rd Marines, Bossier City, Lousiana. His fellow Marines included such notables as Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jason Dunham, SgtMaj of the Marine Corps - SgtMaj. Green, Missouri State Senetor Paul Curtman and Cpl Jacob Schick - (American Sniper, 2014). 

Following the Marine Corps, Carl worked 3 years in local law enforcement.

In 2009, he continued his education at Tarrant County Community College, transferring to Texas Christian University in 2010. He began working as the TCU core lab facilities coordinator in 2012 and graduated with a B.S. in Geology in 2014. 

While at TCU he was instrumental in helping the grandfather clause of Public Law 111-377 pass in Washington, providing over a $6 million in savings to TCU Student Veterans.

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Questions? Contact Carl Kurtz, Core Lab Technician, at 682-321-3964 or c.r.kurtz@tcu.edu

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