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Department of Petroleum Engineering

Hertanto Adidharma, Department Head
4055 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-2500, FAX: (307) 766-6777
Website: http://wwweng.uwyo.edu/petroleum

Professors:

KENNETH BAUM, B.S. University of Wyoming 1978; M.B.A. Tulane University 1989; Visiting Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2015.
MAOHONG FAN,
B.S. Wuhan University of Science and Engineering 1984; M.S. Beijing University of Science and Tech. 1992; Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Sciences 1997; Ph.D. Iowa State University 2000; Ph.D. Osaka University 2003; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2015, 2008.
KHALED A.M. GASEM,
B.Sc. University of California at Berkley 1976; M.Sc. Colorado School of Mines 1979; Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 1986; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2014.
MACIEJ RADOSZ, M.S. Krakow University of Technology 1972; Ph.D. 1977; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2000.
MRITYUNJAI P. SHARMA, B.Sc. B.I.T.T. in Dhanbad, India 1967; M.Tech. I.I.T. in Kampur, India 1970; Ph.D. Washington State University 1977; Professor of Petroleum Engineering 1992, 1982.
BRIAN TOELLE, B.S. Texas A&M University 1978; M.S. Austin State University 1981; Ph.D. West Virginia University 2013; Visiting Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2015.

Associate Professors:

HERTANTO ADIDHARMA, B.Sc. Institute of Technology, Surabaya 1987; Ph.D. Louisiana State University 1999; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2011, 2005.
LAMIA GOUAL, B.Sc. Ecole Nationale Polytechnique 1993; M.Sc. Imperial College London 1998; Ph.D. 2003; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2014, 2007.
MOHAMMAD PIRI, B.Sc. Azad University, Arak 1995; M.Sc. Azad University, Tehran 1998; M.Sc. Imperial College, London 2000; Ph.D. 2004; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2011, 2005.
SHUNDE YIN, B.S. Shijiazhuang Railway University, China 1999; M.S. Chinese Academy of Sciences 2003; Ph.D. University of Waterloo 2008; Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2014, 2008.

Associate Lecturers:

XUEBING FU, B.S. Shandong University 2006; M.S. Texas A&M University 2008; Ph.D. 2012; Associate Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering 2015.
BAHAREH NOJABAEI, B.S. Iran University of Science & Technology; M.S. Tehran Polytechnic, Amirkabir University of Technology 2009; Ph.D The Pennsylvania State University 2015; Associate Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering 2015.

Professors Emeriti:

Chang Yul Cha, Jack Evers, H. Gordon Harris, Norman R. Morrow, Brian Towler

Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineering trains students for Wyoming's largest industries, the production of crude oil and gas. With the recognition of the state's and nation's vast reserves of natural gas, the curriculum emphasizes the production and processing of this important resource. Because of American predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available throughout most of the world.

The curriculum in petroleum engineering is based upon sound preparation in fundamental sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and geology. The essentials of engineering are added to this foundation: computer programming, statics, dynamics, materials science, hydraulics, and thermodynamics. To aid in developing individuals' social potential and broaden their educational background, an integrated program in humanities and social sciences is included in the curriculum. Petroleum engineering courses, which are primarily concerned with application of previously acquired knowledge to problems of the oil and gas industry, are concentrated in the junior and senior years.

Petroleum Engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and, in addition, must have a GPA of 2.000 in Petroleum Engineering courses attempted at UW that are applied toward graduation for the B.S. degree from the department. For approved electives, students must have prior approval of their adviser and department head. Courses must be chosen from a list provided by the department.

Petroleum Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Three to six years after graduation, graduates who choose to practice in Petroleum Engineering should:

  • Successfully practice the profession of Petroleum Engineering;
  • Demonstrate successful career growth

Petroleum Engineering Program Outcomes

During the course of study in Petroleum Engineering, the student should develop:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and stainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum Engineering Curriculum

For students entering UW Fall 2015 or later.

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

3

CHEM 1020 (PN)

4

GEOL 1100 (PN)

4

MATH 2200 (Q)

4

PETE 1060

1

Total Hours

16

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V)

3

CHEM 1030

4

ES 2110

3

MATH 2205

4

ENGL 1010 (COM1)

3

Total Hours

17

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

MATH 2210

4

MATH 2310

3

ES 2120

3

ES 2410

3

COJO 2010 (COM2)

3

Total Hours

16

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

PETE 2050

3

ES 2310

3

ES 2330

3

CHEM 2300

4

Human Culture Elective (H)

3

Total Hours

16

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

PHYS 1220

4

PETE 2060

3

PETE 3100

2

PETE 3255

3

PETE 3015

3

Total Hours

15

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

PETE 3200

3

PETE 3265

3

PETE 3715

3

PETE 3725

3

PETE 4320

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

PETE 4225

2

PETE 4340

3

Human Culture Elective (H)

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Total Hours

17

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

PETE 4736

4

GEOL 4190

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Total Hours

16

Notes: Technical Electives must be selected with an advisor’s approval. At least 2 of the 6 Technical Electives must be PETE courses. 1 of the 6 Technical Electives must be GEOL courses.

Graduate Study

The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering. The M.S. degree is offered under Plan A and Plan B. In addition, an environmental engineering program, run jointly by the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, offers graduate programs leading to an M.S. in environmental engineering under either Plan A or Plan B.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A. Admission Process and Requirements

Standard Admission

Admission is open to students with at least a bachelor's degree who meet the minimum requirements:

1. A GPA of 3.000 (A = 4.000), or equivalent;
2. A GRE score of 305 (combined verbal and quantitative sections)*
3. For international applicants who did not attend an English-speaking program in an English-speaking country for all years of their highest degree:
A TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Complete official transcripts of all prior college-level coursework and recommendations from three references must be submitted as parts of the application.

The deadline to submit application credentials is February 1 (to be considered for Fall semester), and October 1 (to be considered for Spring semester).

The application will not be processed until all the necessary documents have been submitted.

B. Graduate Study Guidelines

All incoming Ph.D. and M.S. Plan A students who have not been assigned to an advisor are required to meet with all the faculty members (and obtain their signatures) in their program to get information regarding their research projects and evaluate the possibility of joining one of the research groups.

All incoming M.S. Plan B students must have an adviser. The student is responsible for contacting faculty members in order to find an adviser.

All Petroleum Engineering graduate students must take at least four out of the following Petroleum Engineering Core courses:

1. Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (PETE 5355)
2. Thermodynamics (PETE 5020)
3. Transport Phenomenon (PETE 5010)
4. Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery (PETE 5310)
5. Flow Thru Porous Media (PETE 5060)
6. Reservoir Simulation (PETE 5300)

M.S. Program
Plan A

Credit Hours
Total (from above) 12
A graduate level course in mathematics, statistics, geology, or computing 3
PETE 5960 Thesis Research 4
Electives 11
Total 30

Plan B (non-thesis)

The coursework requirements are the same as the M.S. Plan A requirements except that Thesis Research (PETE 5960) is not required. Plan B students take an additional 4 hours of elective course credits (total of 30 hours required).

M.S. Plan B students must write a paper on a topic assigned by the adviser. This paper must be submitted to the student's graduate committee for approval.

Doctoral Program

Credit Hours
M.S. Plan A list (except PETE 5960); petitions allowed 26
Dissertation Research (PETE 5980) 30
Electives (no internship 5990) 16
Total 72

M.S. and Ph.D. Seminar Requirements

All petroleum engineering graduate students must enroll in PETE 5890, Petroleum Engineering Seminar, every semester. All seminars, including the required presentations described below, must be scheduled by the seminar coordinator. Registered off-campus graduate students can be exempt from having to enroll in PETE 5890.

Ph.D. Preliminary Examination

All Ph.D. students must pass a preliminary examination no later than the end of the student’s fifth full semester in the graduate program and a least 15 weeks prior to the dissertation defense. Prior to attempting the Ph.D. preliminary examination, students must have completed all required core classes no later than the end of their fourth semester in the graduate program. Students must file a program of study prior to attempting the preliminary examination.

The goal of the preliminary exam is for the student to demonstrate his or her research progress to-date and present the research proposition that will be investigated and lead to his or her final dissertation. The preliminary exam consists of three components: a written document provided to each member of the student’s graduate committee at least one week prior to the oral presentation; a public oral presentation; and a private examination by the student’s graduate committee immediately following the oral presentation.

The written document may be in any format but must concisely provide a survey of the relevant literature, a summary of the student’s progress to-date, and a clear, detailed plan for the successful completion of the proposed work. The preliminary exam oral presentation should be consistent with the written document. It should provide an appropriate literature background, demonstrate proficiency with proposed experimental/computational techniques, identify details of the experiments to be performed, and provide a timeline to final defense.

The student’s committee will pass or fail the student on the strength of the preliminary examination, with an option to conditionally pass the student while requiring an interim committee meeting prior to the final Ph.D. examination. A form sent by the student’s adviser to the Office of the Registrar reports the results of the examination.

M.S. Thesis or Ph.D. Final Examination (Dissertation Defense)

All M.S. Plan A and Ph.D. students must orally defend their thesis or dissertation at a public final examination. If, for any reason, a student’s Ph.D. research goals are substantially changed after successful completion of the preliminary examination, the student must arrange a subsequent meeting to provide their committee with an accurate and current overview of their proposed work. The final examination consists of a public thesis defense in oral presentation format. At least two weeks before the examination, the student must provide cach member of the graduate committee with a copy of the written thesis of Ph.D. dissertation and provide the department an announcement of their defense for advertisement by bulletin board, e-mail, or other means. The results of the examination are reported on the Completion of Requirements form. Often, graduate committee members request changes in the thesis or dissertation, and they may postpone signing the form until they are satisfied that those changes have been made.

Publication of Thesis or Dissertation

After the defense, an electronic copy (in PDF format) of the thesis or dissertation must be uploaded in accordance with the directions provided on the Graduate Student Resources web site. This copy will be rejected if the format standards specified by the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guide are not met. This guide allows for a publication-ready format. If required by the department and/or committee, additional printed copies should be delivered to the University Store for binding. A bound copy must be submitted to the Department of Petroleum Engineering for the departmental library. Most students will want one or more copies for their own use. Students should consult with the adviser to determine if the adviser wants a copy of the thesis, dissertation, or other research documentation. 

Petroleum Engineering (PETE) Courses


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