Welcome to the Department of Petroleum Engineering

Alaska is the home of Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field in North America. As the only petroleum engineering undergraduate and graduate program in Alaska, a special emphasis is placed on arctic oil and gas development. In petroleum engineering, application of the basic sciences of chemistry, geology and physics are combined with engineering sciences to promote the development and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

Due to the high quality of our programs and the high level of petroleum activity in the state, UAF petroleum engineering graduates enjoy high placement rates, with more than 98% of our graduates in permanent positions in the oil industry or in graduate school. The major oil and gas producing and drilling service companies offer summer internships to our students in Alaska and the Lower 48.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Petroleum Engineering Program is to provide its students with quality education and training in the field of Petroleum Engineering through effective teaching, research and public service, with emphasis on Alaskan petroleum resources.


PETE Graduate Program:

The deadline for application into our graduate program is February 15 for the Fall semester and September 15 for the Spring semester.
Dr. Obadare Awoleke is the graduate student coordinator for PETE and can be reached at ooawoleke@alaska.edu or (907) 474-7574.

SPE Scholarships and Fellowships

Each year, SPE awards scholarships and fellowships in 16 regions worldwide, representing a contribution to education totaling more than one million US dollars. Applications will be accepted through 15 April.
More information about SPE Scholarships and Fellowships >>



  • PETE Student Achievements

    PETE Senior Raymundo Lopez was honered as a Scholar at the Hispanic Engineering National Academic Achievement Conference, October 18-21, 2018, in Pasadena, California. Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) sponsored his trip to and from Alaska. Below (photo left) he is pictured with representatives from Chevron, who awarded him with a National Corporate scholarship and an opportunity for full-time employment.
    Lopez was also chosen as a National BP Scholar for the academic year (photo on right). In August, he was flown to Houston for insights into BP America operations. BP will also sponsor a trip to Chicago next spring to view their large downstream operations.


PETE Chidi CEM Distinguished Service 2018

Chidi Igbokwe, pictured left, with Bob Huston. This annual award dating back to 1978 recognizes the contributions of Alaskan leaders who have made significant contributions to the betterment of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Fairbanks community and the State of Alaska and beyond through the application and support of engineering and applied science to build a better world. Chidi is currently the Executive Assistant (EA) to the President of BP Alaska. Photo courtesy: BP Alaska.