This program is designed to educate engineers to solve problems related to exploring and recovering subsurface resources such as oil and gas. In addition to the traditional advanced petroleum engineering areas, the program allows students to study in situ environmental cleanup and underground waste disposal. Students may specialize in computational geosystems engineering, drilling engineering, environmental and geosystems engineering, formulation evaluation, petroleum economics, production engineering, or reservoir engineering.
Students take several courses in their area of specialization and have the option of taking courses from the other areas. A list of the courses in each area is available from the graduate adviser. Once students have chosen a degree option, they may choose to work closely with a faculty member conducting research in that area. The program offers a doctoral degree based on a combination of coursework and research, and a master's degree based on either a thesis or a report, or on coursework alone.
Excellent facilities for graduate research in petroleum and geosystems engineering are available in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building. In addition to departmental offices and classrooms, the building houses over forty thousand square feet of laboratory space, providing unique capabilities for studies in production logging, vertical and inclined flow in wells, artificial lift, core flooding for enhanced oil recovery techniques, subsurface environmental remediation, magnetic resonance imaging, drilling, stimulation, rock mechanics, well log digitizing and interpretation, and PVT analysis. Additional laboratory space at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus is used for research. A machine shop is maintained to fabricate and support research equipment.
In addition to the facilities of Academic Computing, students have access to a host of computers housed in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, including numerous microcomputers and workstations. Excellent library facilities include the Mallet Chemistry Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Walter Geology Library, and the Kuehne Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Library.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.
All prospective degree candidates must have a background satisfactory for study of advanced petroleum engineering as determined by the Graduate Studies Committee. For students without this background, such as those without degrees in the field, the Graduate Studies Committee will recommend a program of coursework designed to prepare the student for graduate study. Complete requirements for admission are available from the graduate admission adviser.
With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, the student elects one of three options:
All options must include at least eighteen semester hours of engineering courses. The program of coursework must be approved by the graduate adviser and the graduate dean. More detailed information is available from the graduate adviser.
To qualify as a doctoral candidate, the student must fulfill the following requirements:
In general, two to four years beyond the master's degree are required to complete the Doctor of Philosophy degree program. More detailed information is available from the graduate adviser.
Campus address: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building (CPE) 2.502, phone (512) 471-3161, fax (512) 471-9605; campus mail code: C0300
Mailing address: Graduate Program in Petroleum Engineering, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1061
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