Petroleum Engineering - BS

Petroleum engineering is primarily concerned with the safe and economic extraction of oil, gas and other natural resources from the earth. This is accomplished through drilling, completions, and operation of wells while considering safety of personnel and the natural environment. The field of petroleum engineering also covers the management of subsurface reservoirs in which the resources are found.

Petroleum engineering graduates have a variety of careers in the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry open to them. They include working as geoscientists, petrophysicists, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers, or production engineers. Their activities include quantifying oil and gas reserves, well design, well performance evaluation, reservoir modeling, production optimization, and treatment planning.

Texas A&M at Qatar’s petroleum engineering students are prepared for the workplace through participation in research on topics such as drilling and production challenges, multiphase flow in porous media, and petrophysics. Student participation in research further develops the human capital of Qatar. Fourth-year students also complete a senior design project in which they develop a detailed reservoir model, make a recommendation for optimized reservoir development, and present their findings to industry experts.

Petroleum engineering faculty members contribute to the local industry and community. They develop research projects that directly improve hydrocarbon recovery, production, and treatment from local Qatari reservoirs. In addition, they provide continuing education courses and expertise to local industry.

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