The petroleum engineering curriculum at UAF prepares graduates to apply modern technology to development of these resources while emphasizing, whenever possible, the special problems encountered in Alaska. We offer one of the most modern and challenging degree programs anywhere, and are located in the heart of the nation's Energy Frontier.
The primary areas of petroleum engineering are drilling engineering, well completion, production engineering, reservoir evaluation and reservoir engineering. Undergraduate students take basic courses in all of these disciplines. Graduate work allows the student to focus on one particular area and develop additional expertise. Research in petroleum engineering at UAF includes basic and reservoir characterization, simulation and rock and fluid properties and EOR of Alaskan oil fields; Enhanced oil recovery methods in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs, such as thermal recovery, miscible flooding, and improved water flooding; gas hydrate simulation and production; gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion and transportation; coalbed methane, drilling and production; and shale resource characterization, simulation and production. Extensive analytical equipment is based in the Petroleum Development Laboratory.
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