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.

Announcements

Dear PETE Students,

  • Fall 2014 registration opens April 7.
  • Class information for fall 2014 is already live on UAonline and UAF course finder.
  • Please make arrangements/appointments with your respective academic advisor to get your registration form signed as soon as possible and don't wait for the last moment as many non-PETE classes tend to fill up fast.
  • If you do not know who your advisor is then let Leanne in DUCK425 know, and an academic advisor will be assigned to you.
  • Special note to those who are advised by Abhijit Dandekar - Monday, March 31st, all day will be the open house (DUCK415) for getting advised and have your form signed. So, please stop by that day as it has been specifically reserved for this purpose.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to see your advisor, myself or Leanne.

Thank you.
Abhijit Dandekar


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. Shirish Patil is the graduate student coordinator for PETE and can be reached at slpatil@alaska.edu or (907) 474-5127.

News

PETE-Kyle Raese Award 2014 Petroleum Tech Conf

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.

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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