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Department of Petroleum Engineering

Hertanto Adidharma, Ph.D., Department Head
4051 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-4258
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/petroleum

Professors:

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.

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.

Assistant Professors:

MORTEZA DEJAM, B.Sc. Petroleum University of Technology 2007; M.Sc. Sharif University of Technology 2009; Ph.D. University of Calgary 2015; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2017.
PEJMAN TAHMASEBI,
B.S. Sahand University of Technology 2007; M.Sc. Amirkabir University 2009; Ph.D. University of Southern California/Amirkabir University 2012; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2016.
SOHEIL SARAJI, B.S. Petroleum University of Technology 2004; M.S. Sharif University of Technology 2007; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2013; Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering 2016.

Professors of Practice:

DOUGLAS N. CUTHBERTSON, B.S. University of Wyoming 1985; Professor Practice in Petroleum Engineering 2016.
BRIAN TOELLE, B.S. Texas A&M University 1978; M.S. Austin State University 1981; Ph.D. West Virginia University 2013; Professor of Practice in Petroleum Engineering 2015.

Associate Lecturer:

XUEBING FU, B.S. Shandong University 2006; M.S. Texas A&M University 2008; Ph.D. 2012; Associate Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering 2015.

Professors Emeriti:

Jack Evers, H. Gordon Harris, Norman R. Morrow, Mrityunjai P. Sharma, 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 must have a GPA of 2.000 in Petroleum Engineering (PETE) 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 advisor 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/field of Petroleum Engineering or related discipline; and
  • Demonstrate civic engagement and 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 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; and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum
4-year Plan of Study

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 (COM3)

4

GEOL 4190

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Technical Elective

3

Total Hours

16

Undergraduate “Major Only” Courses

Upper division PETE core courses are restricted to petroleum engineering majors only.

Technical Electives Policy

The technical electives in the PETE curriculum can be used to complete a concentration or a minor. The number of credits of upper division courses must be satisfied, therefore, 13 elective credits must be 3000-level courses or higher.

Note: Technical Electives must be selected with your advisor’s approval.

Concentrations

The Department of Petroleum Engineering has established concentrations that could shape your interest further or acquire some useful transferable skills. A concentration is not a minor and will not be stated on your diploma. If you choose a concentration, it should be declared by filling out the Program Change Form. See the Petroleum Engineering Academic Advising Guide for more details.

Petroleum Engineering offers the following concentrations:

  • Unconventional Reservoirs
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Self-Directed

Minimum Grade Requirements

A grade of C or better is required for the following courses:

  • All Engineering Science courses
  • MATH courses that are prerequisites to ES courses
  • PETE 1060-Introduction to Petroleum Engineering Problem Solving
  • PETE 2050-Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering

Academic Suspension

Students who have been academically suspended from UW twice are no longer eligible to enroll in the Petroleum Engineering program and will be formally dismissed from the program.

Repeating a Course

Students who fail a PETE class three times can no longer enroll in that class.

Transfer Credit Limit

To graduate with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from UW, students must successfully complete at least 20 credit hours of required PETE courses at UW.

  1. For transfer students, once a student has transferred to UW’s Department of Petroleum Engineering, s/he may transfer no more than 9 additional credits from other institutions.
  2. For non-transfer students, they may transfer no more than 18 credits from other institutions.

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 Departments of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Civil and Architectural Engineering, offers graduate programs leading to an M.S. in environmental engineering under either Plan A or Plan B.

In addition, the Department offers an M.B.A./M.S. in Petroleum Engineering Dual Degree Program, in conjunction with the College of Business M.B.A. Program. Students pursuing this option must apply to and be offered admission from both programs.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

A. Admission Process and Requirements

Admission is open to students with at least a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering who meet the minimum requirements:

1. A GPA of 3.000, or equivalent;
2. A GRE score of 305 (combined verbal and quantitative sections)
3. A TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 for international applicants who did not attend an English-speaking program in an English-speaking country for the majority of their higher education.

Complete official transcripts of all prior college-level coursework, current resume or curriculum vitae, recommendations from three references, and a statement of purpose must be uploaded as parts of the application.

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

Applications will not be processed until all required documents have been submitted.

B. Graduate Courses of Study

Incoming graduate students, not preselected by a faculty member, must meet with Petroleum faculty members to obtain information regarding research areas and current availability. The students must formally request a Petroleum faculty member of their choosing to oversee their degree study program.

Masters Program

1. All Petroleum M.S. students with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from an accredited program must take the following required courses:

Required Courses Hrs.
PETE 5355 3
PETE 5890 2
At least three Core Courses from the following:
PETE 5010, PETE 5020, PETE 5060, PETE 5080, PETE 5310
9
Total Credits 14
Plan A Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 12
PETE 5960 4
Total Credits 30
Plan B Non-Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 12
PETE 5100 2
Total Credits 30

2. All Petroleum M.S. students with a B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited program must take the following required courses:

Required Undergraduate Courses
PETE 3200 3
PETE 3255 3
PETE 3715 3
Required Courses
PETE 5355 3
PETE 5890 2
At least four Core Courses from the following:
PETE 5010, PETE 5020, PETE 5060, PETE 5080, PETE 5310
12
Total Credits 26
Plan A Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 7
GEOL 4190 3
PETE 5960 4
Total Credits 40
Plan B Non-Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 9
GEOL 4190 3
PETE 5100 2
Total Credits 40

Dual Degree Program - M.B.A./M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering

3. All Dual Degree M.S. students with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from an accredited program must take the following required courses:

Required Courses
PETE 5355 3
PETE 5890 2
At least three Core Courses from the following:
PETE 5010, PETE 5020, PETE 5060, PETE 5080, PETE 5310
9
Total Credits 14
Plan A Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 7
M.B.A. approved electives,
MBAM 5XXX, MBAM 5301, MBAM 5305
9
PETE 5960 4
Total Credits 30
Plan B Non-Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 5
M.B.A. approved electives,
MBAM 5XXX, MBAM 5301, MBAM 5305
9
PETE 5100 2
Total Credits 30

4. All Dual Degree students with a B.S. in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited program must take the following required courses:

Required Undergraduate Courses
PETE 3200 3
PETE 3255 3
PETE 3715 3
Required Courses
PETE 5355 3
PETE 5890 2
At least four Core Courses from the following:
PETE 5010, PETE 5020, PETE 5060, PETE 5080, PETE 5310
12
Total Credits 26
Plan A Thesis Additional Course Requirements
GEOL 4190 3
M.B.A. approved electives,
MBAM 5XXX, MBAM 5301, MBAM 5305
9
PETE 5960 4
Total Credits 42
Plan B Non-Thesis Additional Course Requirements
4000-level or above approved electives 9
GEOL 4190 3
M.B.A. approved electives,
MBAM 5XXX, MBAM 5301, MBAM 5305
9
PETE 5100 2
Total Credits 42

Note: For a student with a B.S. in another discipline, upon acceptance into the M.S. program, the Graduate Program Committee will develop a plan of study with the consent of the advisor.

Doctoral Program

1. All Petroleum Ph.D. students with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering must take the following required courses:

Transferred Plan A M.S. Courses 26
Required Courses
PETE 5100 3
PETE 5890 4
At least four Core Courses from the following:*
PETE 5010, PETE 5020, PETE 5060, PETE 5080, PETE 5310
12
Electives: 4000-level or above approved electives 9
Research: PETE 5980 30
Total Credits 72

*Some or all of these credit hours can be transferred from the M.S. program courses by petition.

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. Graduate students enrolled in continuous registration are exempt from having to enroll in PETE 5890 in their final semester.

M.S. and Ph.D. Teaching Requirement

All Petroleum Engineering graduate students must complete at least one semester as a teaching assistant within the Petroleum Engineering curriculum. Students receiving a state-funded graduate assistantship will be required to serve as a teaching assistant every semester of their award. Students funded by a faculty mentor will work with their mentor to determine an appropriate time to complete this requirement.

M.S. and Ph.D. Program of Study

All Petroleum Engineering graduate students must complete their Program of Study worksheet prior to their preliminary examination.

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 is being investigated and will 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. The Report on Preliminary Examination for Admission to Candidacy form sent by the student’s committee chair to the Office of the Registrar reports the results of the examination.

M.S. Plan A or Ph.D. Final Examination (Thesis or 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 each member of the graduate committee with a copy of the written thesis or 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 Report of Final Examination 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. An electronic copy must also be submitted to the department for the departmental library. Most students will want copies for their own use. Students should consult with their chair to determine if they also want a copy of the final paper or other research documentation. 

Petroleum Engineering (PETE) Courses


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