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AspenTech Subsurface Science & Engineering (SSE) Academic Software Program

Using AspenTech SSE solutions to nurture the next generation of geoscience and engineering professionals.

The AspenTech SSE Academic Software Program provides institutions of higher learning with access to AspenTech's state-of-the-art exploration and development software to improve students’ and researchers’ understanding of the subsurface. The program is designed to help prepare students for a future career in the energy industry or earth sciences by giving them hands-on access to state-of-the-art AspenTech SSE applications for seismic processing and imaging, seismic and geologic interpretation, reservoir characterization, formation evaluation, structural and reservoir modeling, and well planning and drilling engineering, based on their educational and research requirements.

AspenTech SSE software is currently used by over 230 academic institutions around the world to help them achieve their academic goals, and supports advanced research aimed at enabling ground-breaking discoveries in the field.

The AspenTech SSE Academic Software Program is available in two models:

For Industry--Sponsored Academic Researchers:
AspenTech SSE University Research Program
The AspenTech SSE  Research Program provides software for industry-sponsored research for a nominal software license usage fee.  Researchers can conduct subsurface studies using the same commercial AspenTech SSE solutions that have helped oil and gas companies around the world to better understand subsurface structure, properties, conditions, and petroleum systems.  In addition to selected software products, AspenTech offers five academic bundles, each of which can be leased annually for a minimal administration fee, with the option to add products if desired.

For Classroom and University-Sponsored Research:
AspenTech SSE University Grant Program
The AspenTech SSE University Grant Program provides students with licenses for AspenTech SSE software applications, to further expand their collective understanding of the subsurface. The software is supplied at no charge on the condition that it be used in the classroom, for educational purposes only.  Additionally, all participants in the program undertake to acknowledge AspenTech SSE and its software in any published papers or professional presentations that used the software to support the results in the publication.  Any university that is willing to honor these criteria is eligible to receive licenses free of charge.

To apply, or for any questions about the AspenTech SSE Academic Software Program, please email

AspenTech SSE software is granted under a license that restricts its use to educational or research purposes (not for commercial use). Upon issuing grants to all institutes of higher learning, we request that AspenTech SSE and the Software product(s) will be acknowledged in any published papers or professional presentations that used the Software to support the results of the publication. In addition, the AspenTech SSE ​Software cannot be shown or demonstrated to representatives of companies that also market or develop geophysical or geological software or services.