“Our industry’s future success depends on a highly talented, innovative, diverse and technical workforce,” said Tom Mathiasmeier, ConocoPhillips president, North America Gas & Power, and Texas Tech alumnus. “We’re pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to the Texas Tech engineering program by establishing the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity. Diversity and inclusion is a priority for us at ConocoPhillips and we’re proud to be able to extend this important initiative to the engineering students at Texas Tech.”To help increase enrollments of underrepresented groups in engineering programs, the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity will expand the college’s recruiting efforts in diverse Texas school districts. Select high school students from these districts will be invited to visit the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock to experience college life firsthand, with travel costs provided by the center. The center will also invite guidance counselors and advisers from select school districts to visit Texas Tech for the ConocoPhillips Engineering Weekend Showcase, a two-day campus event highlighting the Whitacre College of Engineering and the student diversity and support programs available through the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity. “The ConocoPhillips gift will allow us to help all students be successful in engineering,” said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering. “Our students often drop out of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields because they did not receive the correct background in high school for the rigors of such fields. This center will allow us to provide the help needed to fill in those gaps and keep good students on track for a successful career in engineering." --- # # # --- About ConocoPhillips ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 27 countries, $54 billion in annual revenue, $118 billion of total assets, and approximately 18,400 employees as of Dec. 31, 2013. Production from continuing operations averaged 1,502 MBOED in 2013, and preliminary proved reserves were 8.9 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com. About Texas Tech Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow Texas Tech on Twitter.