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Petroleum Engineering Department

Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering!

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.


Why Petroleum Engineering?

  • Petroleum engineering jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2024.
  • The average starting salary for Petroleum Engineering graduates is the highest of all the engineering majors ($76,416). See the college’s Career Services Resources page.
  • 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.


Request a tour of the new Drilling & Completions Simulator Lab

Department News

Upcoming Department Events


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DATE CHANGE: PETE Grad Students Coffee Hour 12/4/19


Fall 2019 Graduate Seminar Speaker Schedule -

Classroom Bldg. 214 @ 12:20 p.m. on Thursdays

Date Speaker Title Affiliation Topic
Sept. 5
Dr. Jan Kubelka
Assoc. Research Scientist
Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media (COIFPM), UW
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Wettability Alteration by Surfactants in Oil/Carbonate Systems
Sept. 12
Dr. Karen Wawrousek
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UW
Microbial Communities in Oil and Gas Wells
Sept. 19
Stephen Whitaker
Sr. Geologist
Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute
Reservoir Characterization is Key to Improving Oil & Gas Production
Sept. 26
Dr. Steven Carpenter
Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute
CO₂ storage through EOR:
An international (ISO) perspective
Oct. 3
Dr. Ye Zhang
Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, UW
The Mountain is Fractured and Permeable: Bedrock Hydrology of the Laramie Range in Southeastern Wyoming
Oct. 10 Dr. Abbas Firoozabadi Professor & Director Dept. of Chemical & Environmental Engineering & Reservoir Engineering Research Institute, Rice University Adsorption/Desorption, Flow, and Fracking in Shale Media
Oct. 17 Dr. Vahideh Mirchi Postdoctoral Research Assoc. Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media (COIFPM), Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, UW Multi-scale Investigations of the Impact of Surfactant Structure on Oil Recovery from Natural Porous Media
Oct. 24
Dr. Brian Toelle Professor of Practice & Interim Dept. Head Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, UW Basic Considerations Regarding Fracking
Oct. 31
Dr. Erdal Ozkan
Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Big Solutions to Small Problems
Nov. 7
Dr. Tawfik Elshehabi
Dept. of Petroleum Engineering, UW
A Tour of the EERB State-of-the-Art Drilling and Completions Simulators at UW
Nov. 14
Emma-Jane Alexander & Nick Jones
Manager, 3D Visualization Center & Sr. Geologist
School of Energy Resources & Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute
Applications of 3D Visualization
Nov. 21
Dr. Paul Dellenback
Professor & Associate Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Graduate Programs

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EN 4015
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4258

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