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Petroleum Engineering Recognized for Excellence in Graduate Program

August 29, 2017
Research scientist Evan Lowry examines an image of porous media at the COIFPM
Research scientist Evan Lowry examines an image of porous media at the COIFPM in the High Bay Research Facility, a state-of-the-art petroleum research facility.

The Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming was recognized as one of the top institutions in which to pursue a master’s degree in a recent article by a national publication.

A story on the Huffington Post news website lists UW among its top petroleum engineering programs for graduate students. UW is among the best schools mentioned, including Stanford, Texas A&M and Penn State.

The article details how a drop in energy prices has reduced the workforce around the globe. But with forecasts predicting a rise, drilling activity and employment in the energy sector soon will be on the upswing. That means having more education will benefit job seekers, as institutions like UW have connections to the major companies in the oil and gas market.

“This article is a guide on how to get the best from an MS in oil and gas engineering degree, so the eventual rise does not meet you unprepared,” Oladejo Elisha writes.

Department head Hertanto Adidharma, who also is an associate professor, points to the work of his faculty as a reason for the notoriety.

“It is great to be recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions and we believe in the quality of education we provide our petroleum engineering students,” Adidharma says. “The addition of the newly opened Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media in the High Bay Research Facility will only enhance the opportunities available for our department research and education.”

Elisha gives advice for potential graduate students, including tips on applying for a program, resume preparation, familiarity with topics like drilling stimulation and completion, advanced oil recovery, field management, rock mechanics and petrophysics.

“The first benefit of getting a master’s degree in petroleum engineering is the better job opportunities available to you,” Elisha writes. “As the sector gets denser, production will require specialized engineers to sustain production and profits.”

The full article can be found here.


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