The University of Texas at Austin

Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Energy is a key component to people's everyday lives; and a secure energy future requires a balance between environmental impact and affordable supply. In petroleum engineering, students learn to evaluate potential oil and gas reservoirs, oversee drilling activities, select and implement recovery schemes, and design surface collection and treatment facilities. Geosystems engineers and hydrogeologists are concerned with the development and use of engineering approaches in the management of water resources in addition to oil and gas, as well as environmental restoration of contamination sites and other processes related to the subsurface. Petroleum and geosystems engineers are able to address and solve important issues that will lead to energy security and thus are in high demand.

Research and Education Programs

At a Glance

  • 2 U.S. News & World Report ranking of PGE's undergraduate program.
  • 1 U.S. News & World Report ranking of PGE's graduate program.
  • $85k The average starting salary for a petroleum engineer is $85,442.

Department Chair: Tadeusz Patzek

Main office: CPE, Room 2.502

Phone: 512-471-3161

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Meet Our Faculty

David DiCarlo

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Dr. DiCarlo works in with specific interests in Fluid flow; Pore-scale physics; Preferential and compositional displacements; Gas injection processes.

Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM)

The Center for Subsurface Modeling investigates high-performance parallel processing as a tool to model the behavior of fluids in permeable geologic formations such as petroleum and natural gas reservoirs, groundwater aquifers and aquitards and in shallow bodies of water such as bays and estuaries.


Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements

Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.

Download all 2010-12 and 2012-14 degree plans online.