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Petroleum Engineering

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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 find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. Petroleum engineers travel to where the reserves are all around the world.

Petroleum engineering often provides the highest earning potential of the engineering disciplines. New technology is continually emerging and the industry is changing rapidly to keep pace. However, it is also subject to the fluctuations in the economy. This creates an industry that is full of both challenges and opportunities.

Petroleum Products are used in all facets of daily life. Some you know, and some you hadn't thought of as petroleum-based. Click the links below to be surprised!

(excerpted from the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program,

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At the University of Wyoming, the Department of Petroleum Engineering has a long history of contributing to the economic health of the university and the state. Providing an education built on a solid engineering foundation, and adding the specific building blocks to make our petroleum engineers some of the best in the industry over the last 100 years.

Program Vision

As a highly respected community of scholars and practitioners, we are committed to providing outstanding petroleum engineering education, conducting internationally recognized research in key focus areas, and improving the well-being of the people of Wyoming and the world through education, technical innovation and economic development.

Program Mission

  • Provide outstanding, contemporary, ABET-accredited education in petroleum engineering to highly qualified undergraduates who will serve as an economic resource for Wyoming and the world.
  • Provide excellent, research-based graduate educations at the master's and doctoral levels in petroleum engineering to top students who will drive technical and economic innovation for Wyoming and the world.
  • Conduct internationally recognized research in key focus areas that leads to new technologies while also enhancing economic development for Wyoming and the world.

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Petroleum Engineering

EN 4015

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071


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