Petroleum and Geosystems 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
Dr. Foster works in Rock Mechanics; Fundamental Processes; Natural Gas Engineering; Unconventional Resources with specific interests in Experimental and computational geomechanics and multi-scale modeling with applications to well completions, lost circulation, hydraulic fracturing, and anomalous flow in porous media.
Center for Formation Evaluation
The Center of Excellence in Formation Evaluation develops new procedures for the interpretation of static and dynamic petrophysical properties based on the integration of borehole geophysical measurements, core data, and geological information.
Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements
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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.