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

Department Chair: Jon Olson

Main office: CPE, Room 2.502

Phone: 512-471-3161

Meet Our Faculty

Kamy Sepehrnoori

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Dr. Sepehrnoori works in with specific interests in Reservoir simulation development and application; Simulation of enhance oil recovery processes; Computational methods; Parallel computations; Applied mathematics; Naturally fractured reservoir modeling; Co-optimization of CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery; inverse modeling;.

Affiliated Research Centers

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

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.

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.