West Virginia University was the only school in the nation to send two teams to NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge, a three-day event that challenged teams to extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. In the end, one team—Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System or MIDAS—had the golden touch.Read Full Article
A long-serving department chair at West Virginia University has been recognized for his more than 30 years of service to industry and academia.Read Full Article
Samuel Ameri was recently reappointed as chair of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2017.Read Full Article
Engineering is a time-consuming discipline that involves lab work and involvement in student projects. Despite the time commitment, student organizations housed in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University have already logged more than 4,200 service hours for the 2016-2017 school year.Read Full Article
About Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
Petroleum and natural gas engineering involves the design and application of systems of natural resource discovery, production, processing, and transportation. The program at West Virginia University is one of only three ABET accredited programs encompassing both petroleum and natural gas engineering in the country.
The Department provides educational programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. The curriculum blends scientific and engineering fundamentals, oral and written communication, and computer applications, followed by drilling engineering, production engineering, reservoir engineering, and stimulation design, all leading to a capstone design course.
Faculty members are active in research in a wide range of specialties within petroleum and natural engineering, including fluid flow-through porous media, reservoir characterization, natural gas production and storage, formation stimulation and fracturing, drilling engineering, and environmental remediation. The Department is developing a broad scientific base in extraction technology.
Graduates of the Department are in heavy demand, receiving excellent job offers both close to home and around the world. Because West Virginia University is centrally located near major oil and gas fields, our students have the opportunity to interact with members of our industry. Through site visits, seminars, summer jobs, and socialization, students get to know these industry personnel on a personal and professional level.
To offer educational programs in petroleum and natural gas engineering based on engineering analysis, earth and physical science, economics, and engineering and design aspects of oil and natural gas extraction; discover and develop new techniques and processes for the efficient and economical extraction of oil and gas resources consistent with human health, ethics, safety, and environmental needs; give professional advice and provide technical assistance to West Virginia's industry, government, and citizens, in matters concerning the extraction and field processing of petroleum and natural gas; and disseminate scholarly and technical knowledge through publications, audiovisual materials, presentation of papers, seminars and symposiums, short courses relevant to the needs of West Virginia and the industry worldwide.