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Grad Catalog 01-03

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Petroleum Engineering

Degrees Offered
Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

Objectives

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.

Facilities for Graduate Work

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.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Kenneth E. Gray
A. D. Hill
Russell T. Johns
Larry W. Lake
Jon E. Olson
Ekwere J. Peters
Augusto L. Podio
     Gary A. Pope
William R. Rossen
Kamy Sepehrnoori
Mukul M. Sharma
Carlos Torres-Verdin
W. C. J. van Rensburg
Mary F. Wheeler

Admission Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Engineering

With the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee, the student elects one of three options:

  1. Thesis option. Thirty semester hours (including six hours in the thesis course) are required to complete the program. In addition to the thesis, eighteen semester hours of work must be completed in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering; six semester hours of supporting work must be completed outside the department.
  2. Report option. Thirty-three semester hours (including three hours in the report course) are required to complete the program. In addition to the report, twenty-one to twenty-four semester hours of work must be completed in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering; six to nine semester hours of supporting work must be completed outside the department.
  3. Option without thesis or report. Thirty-six semester hours are required to complete the program. Twenty-seven to thirty semester hours of work must be completed in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering; six to nine semester hours of supporting work must be completed outside the department.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy

To qualify as a doctoral candidate, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Hold a Master of Science degree in science or engineering. Upon formal petition by the student, the Graduate Studies Committee may waive this requirement in exceptional cases.
  2. Perform satisfactorily on the qualifying procedures conducted by the Graduate Studies Committee.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 on all graduate coursework at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

For More Information

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

E-mail: grad_admissions@pe.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.utexas.edu/coe/pge/academic/grad/grad.html


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Graduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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