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.
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 Students: Fall 2013 course list is available on UAonline and course finder. Registration opens on April 1, 2013, which means it's time to meet with your adviser and get your registration form all signed and ready to go! Please set-up appointments with your respective advisers as soon as possible so you are ready to register on the 1st, because engineering science and natural sciences classes tend to fill up very fast. If you don't know who your adviser is, please see Leanne Isaacson in room 425.
Dr. Shirish Patil, professor of petroleum engineering and director of the Petroleum Development Laboratory, has been selected as the 2012 Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.