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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 raining and research capabilities. Our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.

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One of the most common questions for prospective students is 'What can I do with a degree in Petroleum Engineering?'

The oil and gas industry is full of opportunities to utilize your petroleum engineering degree in all facets of exploration, drilling, production, but here is a great example of the versatility of the skill set that students will learn and put to use in their career. This article was written by one of our professors, in collaboration with his peers from around the world.→

Why Petroleum Engineering?

  • Petroleum engineering jobs are projected to grow 15 percent by 2026.
  • The average starting salary for Petroleum Engineering graduates is the highest of all the engineering majors ($76,416). See our Career Services Resources page.
  • The average annual salary for petroleum engineers was $83,745 in 2020.
  • Petroleum engineers primarily work in the upstream oil and gas industries around the world as reservoir engineers, drilling engineers and production engineers.
  • Thanks to U.S. predominance in petroleum technology, career opportunities are available all over the world.
  • Our state-of-the-art equipment provides higher levels of training and research capabilities for all students.
  • Our award-winning faculty create innovative and rigorous research opportunities for graduate students.



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How do environmental, economic and health factors influence regional vulnerability to COVID-19?

Pejman Tahmasebi, Salome M.S. Shokri-Kuehni, Muhammad Sahimi, Nima Shokri
medRxiv 2020.04.09.20059659; doi:
This article is a preprint and has not been certified by peer review [what does this mean?]. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.

This COVID-19 research was compiled to look at some other parameters that have not typically been considered in other studies, parameters such as the economic conditions, air pollution, age 65+, diabetes, and many others. It is suggestive that age and diabetes are the most significant variables.

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