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College of Engineering and Applied Science

About Petroleum Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming! Petroleum engineers are involved in all facets of oil exploration and development, from identifying and characterizing the reservoir through drilling and completion to production. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. We offer courses that prepare students for careers in petroleum and energy-resource fields. Our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment provide higher levels of research capabilities. Our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.

Degree Programs

Why Petroleum Engineering?

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  • Petroleum engineering jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2024.
  • Petroleum engineers work in the upstream oil and gas industries around the world as reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and production engineers.
  • The average annual salary for petroleum engineers was $128,230 in 2016.
  • Our state-of-the-art equipment provides higher levels of research capabilities and our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.
  • Thanks to U.S. predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available all over the world.
  • The profession has evolved to solve increasingly difficult situations as conventional reservoirs have been depleted.
  • Petroleum engineering is based in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology. Petroleum engineers combine these fundamentals with computer programming, materials science, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to develop and apply new technology to recover hydrocarbons from conventional and unconventional reservoirs, such as oil shale, tight gas sands, tar sands and offshore oil and gas fields.
  • Download our brochure to learn more.

High Bay Research Facility

The Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media (COIFPM) at the High Bay Research Facility is a large, flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory facility for cutting-edge oil and gas research. Our students and faculty produce groundbreaking research utilizing one of the most advanced facilities in the world.

Because Wyoming’s economy is based significantly on natural resource extraction, energy research conducted in the High Bay will directly impact the future of the state and its citizens. This center uses advanced instrumentation to visualize the three phases of fluids and their interactions under reservoir conditions. This instrument-intensive work has the possibility of increasing oil and gas production capacity tenfold, all while using existing facilities that tap into known reserves.

The COIFPM represents a huge leap forward in advancing research into unconventional reservoirs, part of UW’s Tier-1 Engineering Initiative and the School of Energy Resources’ strategic areas of concentration. New technology from this research has the potential to tap significant new oil and gas reserves from unconventional reservoirs within Wyoming, and incremental improvements to production represent major new revenue streams to the state.

Find out more about this truly one-of-a-kind facility.

Contact Us

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EN 4015

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4258


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1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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