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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.

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Why Petroleum Engineering?

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  • Petroleum engineering jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2024.
  • The average annual salary for petroleum engineers was $147,520 in 2014.
  • 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.
  • Because petroleum engineering involves all aspects of oil exploration and development, it's a very diverse area of study! From identification and characterization of reservoirs to drilling, completion and production, you'll get an in-depth education about the whole process.
  • Engineering faculty at the University of Wyoming have traditionally maintained an open door policy making them extremely accessible to students.
  • Two UW dormitory floors with computing laboratories and housing 87 students are designated for engineering students only.
  • Engineering classes at UW average 23 students. Upper division classes (those for juniors and seniors) average less than 22 students.
  • 99 percent of UW undergraduate engineering courses are taught by full-time, tenure track faculty or practicing professionals.
  • Student members of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary, provide free tutoring services on a wide variety of engineering topics to all engineering students.
  • Engineering freshmen at UW participate in Engineering Power Groups which allow groups of 20 students to enroll in a common set of courses. This program, designed to foster collegiality, has a positive effect on student performance and retention.
  • With approximately 13,000 students, the University of Wyoming is small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere and the personal attention associated with a small college but large enough to offer all of the opportunities of larger institutions.
  • The College of Engineering and Applied Science’s $2.5 million H.T. Person endowment is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate instruction.
  • At an elevation of 7,200 feet, UW is the highest engineering college in the U.S. It is surrounded by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, skiing, fishing, climbing, biking, and kayaking.
  • The engineering science program at the UW offers all engineering students a common interdisciplinary core in the basic engineering sciences.
  • The average ACT composite score for entering freshmen in engineering at UW is more than 26.
  • The UW College of Engineering has many distinguished alumni including W. Edwards Deming, the father of Total Quality Management, and Tom Osborne, the father of the hand-held calculator.

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.

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Contact Us

CEAS logoPetroleum Engineering

EN 4051

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4258


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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