Coordinator, Student Advising
Energy Innovation Center Room 338
School of Energy Resources
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Historically, and to this day, Wyoming has been a leader in the U.S. production of fossil fuels. Until the mid-1990's, oil and gas production were almost exclusively from conventional reservoirs, developed with vertical wells and produced through typical primary, secondary, and tertiary recovery stages. Many of these mature fields still produce today and remain economically productive due to improved recovery technologies. However, significant new world-class reserves - first natural gas and then oil - have been discovered in and produced from unconventional reservoirs that only flow when stimulated by hydraulic fracturing in long-reach horizontal wells. As a result, the discipline traditionally referred to as reservoir engineering has evolved into reservoir manufacturing, and field development has become significantly more complex. Similar technological advances also have transformed the production of coal and uranium.
Looking forward, these new technologies for economic energy production hold significant promise of additional reserves for Wyoming, the U.S. and globally. Changes catalyzed by these new technologies also require a highly skilled workforce with advanced training even during a time of accelerating retirement in the energy sector by baby boomers. The Fossil Fuels program was designed to address this demand and graduates will be positioned for long-term success in conventional and unconventional fossil fuel exploration and production.