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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) undergraduate curriculum is structured towards elements-of-design and its applications to real-life problems.

Beginning freshman year, the engineering design experience is stressed in the curriculum and builds upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering sciences. Moreover, throughout the curriculum, engineering design experience is emphasized, both as segments of PNGE courses and in a stand-alone capstone design course.

Exercises in the design courses include projects and problems requiring technical reports and/or presentations. Realistic constraints "design-oriented courses" including Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering and Natural Gas Engineering. This culminating design course uses all elements of the PNGE undergraduate curriculum.

The capstone design course requires the seniors to expound upon their knowledge of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences and petroleum and natural gas engineering that they have learned throughout the curriculum in order to solve PNGE design problems with realistic constraints.

The students in this course are required to write a report and give a presentation upon completion of their design project at the conclusion of the semester. Teams of industry professionals judge the presentations for both technical content and presentation skills.

Student Organizations

PNGE students are encouraged to expand their professional development through participation in WVU Student Chapter of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the local section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Pi Epsilon Tau (the petroleum engineering national honor society). Both the WVU Student Chapter of SPE and the local section of SPE are exceedingly active on the campus.

  • American Gas Association
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia
  • National Petroleum Council
  • National Propane Gas Association
  • Petroleum Technology Transfer Council
  • Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Appalachian Basin
  • Pi Epsilon Tau

    Pi Epsilon Tau is the Honorary Society of Petroleum Engineers. This organization will admit senior and graduate students who have demonstrated superior academic performance. The admission to this society is solely based on exceptional cumulative grade point average.

    WVU student Chapter of Pi Epsilon Tau and the faculty hold the Departmental annual technical conference at Lakeview in April of each year. The purpose of this annual conference is to promote technical advancement and dissemination of knowledge through seminar and technical paper presentations.

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

    West Virginia University Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers has roughly 40 members. The chapter holds monthly meetings where presentations are made by outside speakers. Recent speakers include those from ChevronTexaco, BJ Services, Halliburton Services, Schlumberger, Dominion Resources, and other leading Companies. CEMR supports the WVU Student Chapter of SPE by providing transportation for field trips, financial assistance for attending annual and regional SPE conferences, and matching funds for major events such as the Annual Student Recognition Banquet, as well as participating in the Regional, National and International SPE Student Paper Contest. At all levels of competition, faculty coach and support the SPE Student Paper Contests.

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Northern West Virginia Section
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Student Chapter

    Society of Petroleum Engineers, Student Chapter is the official organization for petroleum engineering students at West Virginia University. We are committed to excellence as well as making the department a happier place. Each student chapter is represented by a faculty sponsor, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and any other officers deemed necessary by the chapter.

  • Society of Professional Well Log Analysts
  • WVU Student Section of AADE

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