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 2015.
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Notable accolades from the 2017 Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Regional (SPE WR) meeting:

  • PETE MS student Neeraj Mahajan who won the 2nd place in the MS division of the student paper contest.
  • Andrew Johnson (MS PETE 2009, currently with Chevron North America Exploration and Production) was the recipient of the SPE WR Regional Service Award.
  • Michael Moustakis (BS PETE 1985, currently with California Resource Corporation) was the recipient of the SPE WR Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.
  • Mohabbat Ahmadi (PETE faculty) was the recipient of the SPE WR Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.


William Czyzewski receives the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers 2016 Student Engineer of the Year award.

2016 ASPE Award Czyzewski

2016 BP Technofest UAF

Senior petroleum engineering students Meredyth Richards, Leah Droege, and Katherine O'Connor pose with Chidi Igbokwe, BP recruiter for UAF, after taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in BP's Technofest competition.

PETE Chair, Abhijit Dandekar received the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Western North America Region Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty on April 29, 2015.

Pictured from left: SPE Western North America Region Director, Tom Walsh,
PETE Chair Abhijit Dandekar, and SPE President Helge Hove Haldorsen

PETE student part of UAF team that captures first place in AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Regionals

Joshua McNeal was awarded the Joseph King McMahon Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

Abhijit Y. Dandekar Receives Distinguished Membership from Society of Petroleum Engineers

Press Release

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Congratulations to PETE senior and SPE student chapter treasurer, J. Kyle Raese whose team was awarded the 2nd place in the education week competition that was held in conjunction with the recently concluded 2014 International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha, Qatar. Kyle’s team was tasked to research and present the current and future outlook of natural gas versus coal in the global energy marketplace. Kyle was one of the top four PETE seniors nominated by SPE student chapter faculty advisor, Abhijit Dandekar, to participate in this all expenses paid competitive event.

PETE-Kyle Raese Award 2014 Petroleum Tech Conf

Photo above: Group members (left to right) - Takahiro Shimomura (Japan), Henneke de Vries (Netherlands), Fadhila El Discha (Indonesia), Humoud Mohammad (YP Mentor - Kuwait), Mariam Shakeel (Pakistan), Murilo Ramos (Brazil), Lilis Supriono (Indonesia), Mohammad Ahmed (Qatar), Kyle Raese, Walid Jabr (not pictured).

Shirish Patil SPE Award Ceremony

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.

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