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Department represented at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
May 24, 2018
This week we had representatives from the department attend the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND.
2018 Bakken Field Trip
May 21, 2018
Last week students from the Petroleum Department spent time in western North Dakota for our annual Bakken Field Trip. We would like to thank all of the companies that took time to give our students tours and to talk with them about the industry.
Drillbotics team presented their project before judges
May 16, 2018
Today the Drillbotics judges were on campus to see the work that the UND Drillbotics team has done on their project. The team has done a great job and we are very proud of them for the work they have done. We wish them well during this final stage of the competition.
Spring 2018 Graduation held
May 12, 2018
The Spring 2018 commencement ceremony was held today. Congratulations to all of the graduates!
Spring 2018 Petroleum Industry Advisory Council meeting held
May 11, 2018
The Spring 2018 Petroleum Industry Advisory Council meeting was held on May 10-11 on the UND campus. The spring petroleum banquet was also held in conjunction with the meeting on the evening of May 10. We would like to thank the Industry Advisory Council for their support of the program and thank you to all that were able to make our spring banquet a success.
SINOPEC delegation visits campus
May 10, 2018
We were honored to be able to host delegates from SINOPEC this week. While on campus they were able to meet with various groups at the University as well as tour the Collaborative Energy Complex. During their week in North Dakota they were also able to travel west to see the Bakken.
Computational Geomechanics Short Course Held
April 27, 2018
A one day short course on Computational Geomechanics was held today. The main objective of this course was the implementation of numerical modeling and geomechanical simulation in petroleum engineering. We would like to thank Dr. Siavash Zamiran for coming to Grand Forks to instruct this course.
Petroleum Engineering Oil and Gas Law course held
April 11, 2018
We just concluded a two day short course on Petroleum Engineering Oil and Gas Law. We greatly appreciate Hogan Lovells US LLP for traveling to UND to present this course. Attendees of this course were able to get an overview of some of the key regulations applicable to the exploration for and production of oil and gas.
March 2018 Newsletter is available
March 26, 2018
The March 2018 department newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Grand Forks High School Students visit labs
March 6, 2018
It was our pleasure to host Red River, Central and Community High School today as they toured the Petroleum Engineering Labs. They were able to see demonstrations of the Hess Drilling Systems lab and the Hess Virtual Reality Lab.
Petroleum Geochemistry short course held
February 15, 2018
Dr. Thomas Gentzis, Senior Geologist at Core Laboratories came to UND to instruct a two day short course on Petroleum Geochemistry. We thank Dr. Gentzis for coming to campus to instruct this course for our students as well as other interested participants.
Dr. McGimpsey and Dr. El-Rewini visit department
February 12, 2018
Petroleum Engineering Graduate students and international visiting scholars were given the opportunity to visit with Vice President for Research, Dr. McGimpsey and the Dean of the College of Engineering and Mines, Dr. El-Rewini today. The department currently has 30 PhD students, 14 Masters students, and 15 International Visiting Scholars.
Professor Pavel Bedrikovetsky presents at UND
February 2, 2018
Professor Pavel Bedrikovetsky from the Australian School of Petroleum, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia was on campus today. He presented on Enhanced well fracturing in CBM by Graded Particle Injection (Laboratory study and modelling).
Harold Hamm and North Dakota Petroleum Council visit
January 26, 2018
We were honored to have both the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Oil, on campus today. During their visit they were able to tour the petroleum labs in the Collaborative Energy Complex. President Kennedy then hosted a Q&A session with Harold Hamm where he answered student questions.
UND Drillbotics team advances to next round of competition
January 22, 2018
Congratulations to the UND Drillbotics team! UND Drillbotics is one of only nine universities to advance to phase II of the 2017-2018 competition.
December 2017 Graduates
December 15, 2017
Congratulations to all of the graduates! Today we had 7 students who graduated with their Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
December 2017 Newsletter
December 13, 2017
The December 2017 department newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Area High School students tour labs
October 24, 2017
Students from Red River High School visited the department last week. While here they toured the Virtual Reality and Drilling Simulator Labs.
UND Petroleum department represented at annual SPE-ATCE Conference
October 20, 2017
Several students and faculty from the department traveled to San Antonio, Texas to attend the annual SPE-ATCE conference which was held on October 9-11th.
Grand Opening of labs in the Collaborative Energy Complex
October 16, 2017
This has been a busy and exciting time for us. Not only did we have the IAC Meeting last week but we also held the Grand Opening of our labs in the new Collaborative Energy Complex building! Thank you to all that were able to attend and celebrate with us. Those in attendance were able to tour the lab facilities as well as receive hands on demonstrations in each lab.
For more pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7jAUKE
The Lab Opening was also featured in the following articles and videos:
Fall 2017 Industry Advisory Council Meeting
October 16, 2017
The Fall 2017 Industry Advisory Council meeting was held on October 12th-13th in Grand Forks. We would like to thank the IAC for their continued support of the UND Petroleum Engineering Department!
For more pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7jAUKE
Williston Basin SPE Industry Panel Session held on campus
October 11, 2017
The Williston Basin SPE and UND SPE chapter held an Industry panel discussion tonight. Students were able to hear from industry veterans from Halliburton, FRACN8R Consulting, Statoil, Cudd Energy Services, Oasis, and UND-EERC. Thank you to the industry professionals on the panel and to all the students that were able to attend and engage in discussion!
Dr. Helen Currie, presents to UND students at NDPC annual meeting
October 3, 2017
Dr. Helen Currie, Senior Economist with ConocoPhillips presented to UND students at the annual NDPC meeting. She discussed the future of U.S. and Global Oil and Gas Development.
36th Annual North Dakota Petroleum Council Meeting held in Grand Forks
October 3, 2017
The 36th annual North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting was held in Grand Forks on September 26-28, 2017. UND Petroleum Engineering was featured with a panel discussion titled: The Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers. Moderated by Jeff Kummer, President, McKenzie Energy Partners; UND Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Members of the panel were Joel Brown, 2013 UND PE Grad, McKenzie Energy Partners; Max Johnson, 2015 UND PE Grad, Hess Corporation; Dylan Willoughby, Expected 2018 Graduate; Tanner Hopfauf, Expected 2018 Graduate
Fall 2017 Newsletter
September 22, 2017
The Fall 2017 department newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Petroleum Engineering Graduate Student, Lingyun Kong, awarded grant
July 5, 2017
Congratulations to Lingyun Kong on being selected as a grant recipient for the 2017 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation Grants-in-Aid. Lingyun is receiving the J. Ben Carsey, Sr. Memorial Grant.
SPE is 2017 Gold Standard winner
July 5, 2017
Congratulations to our SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) student chapter for being awarded with the highly prestigious Gold Standard 2017 designation from international SPE.
Summer 2017 Newsletter
June 29, 2017
The summer 2017 department newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
May 13, 2017
Congratulations to our class of 2017! 20 students earned their Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering on Saturday, May 13th.
Senior Design Expo
May 2, 2017
Congratulations to our Seniors Jordan Anderson, Cody Mehrer, Joseph Rice and Abdulkadir Said on receiving the 2017 Doosan Bobcat Outstanding Senior Process Design Award at the UND College of Engineering & Mines Design Exposition for their project titled "Comprehensive Study of the Charlson Oil Field"
Spring 2017 Newsletter
March 31, 2017
The spring 2017 department newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Schlumberger NExT Training Course
March 28-29, 2017
We are honored to host Schlumberger's NExT industry training course titled "Geomechanics Applications in Shale Gas" on UND campus in the Collaborative Energy Complex. Check out the schedule for upcoming industry short course opportunities.
Drilling Field Trip to Williston, ND
March 15, 2017
We are proud of our dedicated students that attended the spring break field trip to Williston, ND. The drilling class had the opportunity to tour a rig and experience the classroom in real life. Thank you to our Industry Advisory Council Chair, Jeff Kummer, McKenzie Energy Partners LLC for hosting the rig tour.
Spring 2017 Industry Advisory Council Meeting
February 23-24, 2017
The Department of Petroleum Engineering held the Spring 2017 Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Meeting on February 23-24, 2017. In addition to the IAC meeting, the council was invited to attend the IAC banquet and had the opportunity to interact with current students in the program. The Petroleum Engineering Education and Training Workshop was held on the afternoon of February 24th and the group had the opportunity to brainstorm and plan for future methods to train the next generations of energy experts.
Darcy Spady Visit, SPE International President 2018
February 8, 2017
SPE's 2018 International President, Darcy Spady, was on campus February 6-7, 2017 and gave a wonderful presentation sharing his experiences in oil and gas. He also had the opportunity to tour a few facilities on campus including the new Collaborative Energy Complex building, the Core Library, and the EERC.
BIG Ideas Kickoff reception
January 13, 2017
BIG Ideas Kickoff reception in the new Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC) building at UND. Students were encouraged to join in on the challenge and come up with the next BIG idea!
SPE Meeting, Presentation by UND President Mark Kennedy
November 10, 2016
UND President Mark Kennedy met with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) chapter and gave a presentation titled "360° Winning".
Visit by Dr. Dan Hill, Texas A&M, Department Head
November 10, 2016
Dr. Dan Hill visited the University of North Dakota's Department of Petroleum Engineering. He had a busy day touring the new Collaborative Energy Complex building, the Core Library, the EERC and giving a presentation titled "The Shale Revolution – Where We Have Been and Where We Are Headed".
SPE Visits Williston, ND Liberty Oil Field Services
October 28, 2016
The UND SPE chapter had the opportunity to tour Liberty Oil Field Services office, laboratory and frac site on October 28th, 2016.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
October 3, 2016
The departmental newsletter Unconventional is available now.
Presentation by Dr. Emeka Duruigbo
September 2, 2016
Dr. Emeka Duruigbo, Professor of Energy & Business Law, Texas Southern University, Houston visited campus to give a two day short course on Petroleum Engineering Law. The students in PTRE 405 Petroleum Engineering Economy and Law had the opportunity to attend the presentation.
UND Petroleum Engineering: Fueling the Demand of North Dakota's Oil and Gas Industry, Article by Jeff Kummer
August 11, 2016
There is a blossoming program at the University of North Dakota, aspiring to fulfill the technical needs and unlock future technology for the oil and gas industry at home and around the globe. The UND Petroleum Engineering program, started in 2010, graduated its first four students in 2013 and today has enrollment of 270 students studying this discipline. The program, led by Dr. Vamegh Rasouli has embraced its juxtaposition with the prolific oil and gas development in the Williston Basin, of western North Dakota, to bring a unique focus for the program on unconventional resource play development and increasing ultimate hydrocarbon recovery. “Although our students are studying on the opposite side of the state we feel very connected to the industry and find it fitting that the state has a program to complement one of its’ leading industries. The program’s Industry Advisory Council plays a critical role in this partnership and it is our goal, in turn, to support industry with well-rounded students after graduation and laboratories suited to perform real-world research meeting the current demands of industry,” says Dr. Rasouli. “Hess Corporation is proud to support the UND Petroleum Engineering program, which features real-world research and is on track to become a premier engineering school,” states Steve McNally, General Manager of Hess Corporation’s North Dakota operations. McNally adds, “This investment in higher education is part of our commitment to make a positive impact on the communities where we do business and UND is playing a key role in helping to build rewarding careers that in turn will further strengthen the state economy for years to come.” The addition of a Petroleum Engineering program, in Grand Forks, is a natural fit for a university already home to the state’s Core Library along with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). “A vibrant Petroleum Engineering program here at UND creates unique partnership opportunities for the EERC, its private and governmental clients, and for the students and faculty – truly a win-win-win-win,” states John Harju, Vice President of the EERC.
For current and future students, the opportunity is immense and flexible. While the majority of the traditional students studying on campus are from North Dakota and adjoining states, the program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity as well for an online education. Currently, there are 114 distance students earning their petroleum engineering degree online, most of whom are already working in the industry. The program also has a global footprint through collaboration with China University and Norwegian Universities offering students the opportunity for exchange programs and international industry exposure. Finally, to add another unique characteristic is the Petroleum Engineering Certificate Program, launched in 2016, which provides anyone the opportunity to take individual industry related courses to broaden their knowledge base in the oil and gas business. Joel Brown, Operations Engineer with McKenzie Energy Partners and a member of the first graduating class of UND’s Petroleum Engineering program says, “Growing up in Watford City, ND and obtaining a degree in petroleum engineering from a local university was exceptional. I am now raising my family and working for a local North Dakota company, in my hometown.”
The University of North Dakota offers students a great college experience with the comfort of a small community, world class sport programs, and an exceptional education. The addition of the petroleum engineering program on campus undeniably enhances the offering of the university and the great state of North Dakota. “This is not your traditional petroleum engineering program. I encourage anyone, young or old, interested in the oil and gas industry to explore the opportunities this program has to offer. Unconventional resource play development is here to stay and there is a generation of professionals needed to further develop and explore new opportunities right here in our back yard,” concludes Jeff Kummer, Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council to the UND Petroleum Engineering program.
Youth Science & Engineering Camp
July 26th, 2016
5th – 8th grade students visited UND campus and had the opportunity to explore different areas of engineering on July 26th, 2016. During the petroleum engineering workshop, the students were engaged in a hands-on activity to learn about the exploration of oil. They were given various maps to help locate the oil reservoirs and then “drilled” to try and strike oil within their fields. The hands-on activity included fundamental concepts of basic petroleum topics. The students had to track drilling expenses and calculate their net profit. The students were excited to learn about petroleum and had many great questions. There are definitely bright future petroleum engineers in the pipeline!
One Minute Video by UND SPE Student Chapter
July 8, 2016
UND's Society of Petroleum Engineer's student chapter President, Ross Skillman, will be attending the 2nd Petroleum Gathering: China International Student Petroleum Fourms which will be held July 15-18th, 2016 in China University of Petroleum (East China), Quingdao.
Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) video features Petroleum Labs
July 8, 2016
Check out this new video featuring our distance engineering degree students working in the lab:
Petroleum Engineering Department Newsletter - Edition II
June 1, 2016
The second edition of "Unconventional", the Department of Petroleum Engineering's quarterly newsletter is available to view online now.
Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) Petroleum Labs
May 24-26, 2016
Approximately 20 students were enrolled in the 2016 summer labs. The labs are offered each summer for a two-week period on-campus. Sophomore to senior distance students from around the world come together on-campus to complete the consolidated laboratory courses. Both Labs I and II are required courses in the petroleum engineering curriculum. With small class sizes, the labs are hands-on and faculty are able to introduce the students to different lab equipment. The courses cover a variety of topics and students learn to measure physical and geomechanical properties of the reservoir rock and study flow behavior of the reservoir fluid.
Williston Basin Petroleum Conference
May 24-26, 2016
The Department of Petroleum Engineering at UND had a booth at the 2016 Annual Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND. The new graduate level and certificate programs were showcased at the event. Current undergraduate and graduate students from UND attended the event and had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and attend technical presentations focused on emerging technologies in the Bakken. A special session and keynote speech was given by Donald Trump. Over 7,000 attendees packed into the convention center to watch the presentation.
Petroleum Engineering Scholarship Awards Banquet
May 5, 2016
The 1st Annual UND Petroleum Engineering Scholarship Awards Banquet was held on May 5th, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The evening included a presentation by Will Lehmann from Hess. Scholarship awards for the 2016-2017 academic year were presented and students from the UND Chapter of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) gave an update on upcoming events including the Drillbotics competition and fundraising activities to attend the SPE conference in Dubai. Thank you to the companies following companies for sponsoring this years scholarships including: API, Hess Corporation, Whiting Petroleum, and Marathon Oil. Congratulations to the award recipients and best of luck in your upcoming academic year!
Industry Advisory Council Meeting
May 5-6, 2016
The UND Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Council (IAC) members were on campus May 5-6th to meet with the department's faculty, staff and students. During the meeting, the IAC members had the opportunity to tour the new Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC) building. The building is currently under construction with the opening date scheduled for October 2016.
Petroleum Engineering Department Newsletter Published
April 1, 2016
The first edition of "Unconventional", the Department of Petroleum Engineering's quarterly newsletter is available to view online now.
Prairie Business Magazine
March 29, 2016
The Department of Petroleum Engineering is featured in the April 2016 edition of the Prairie Business Magazine. Check out the digital edition on the Prairie Business Magazine website.
Fargo South Career Day
March 21, 2016
Dr. Vamegh Rasouli visited with Fargo South's High School junior and seniors to give an overview of the petroleum engineering industry.
Students Visit Hess
March 17, 2016
On March 17th, 2016, 10 students from the University of North Dakota’s Petroleum Engineering Program had the opportunity to visit Hess in their Houston, TX office. During this visit the students had the opportunity to visit the core labs, technical training rooms and have some panel discussions. A special thanks to Will Lehmann and his colleagues at Hess who helped arrange for the student visit and tour of their facilities. Will has served on the UND Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Council for since spring 2012 and the support provided to the department is greatly appreciated.
The students who attended this visit, had positive feedback. Below are a few comments received.
“The real time offshore data center is a great way to see how the industry responds to safety issues”
- Andrew Brown
“The visit to Hess was a very positive experience. Seeing their real-time drilling centers and technical expertise was a great learning experience and relevant to the material we discuss in class.”
- Dan Lund
“This was an opportunity to see the true, hands-on work environment. It also gave a great overview of the day-to-day aspects of those careers.”
- Mark Steele
Pictured from left to right: Mark Steele, Abdulkadir Said, Alex Monk, Andrew Brown, Dan Lund, and Mohamed Hersi
Petroleum Engineering Graduate Student, Kouqi Liu, awarded travel grant
March 2, 2016
Congratulations to Kouqi Liu on receiving a travel grant to attend and present research at the Society of Petroleum Engineers' 2016 Low Perm Symposium in Denver, CO. Thank you to UND's Research Development and Compliance Office (RD&C), North Dakota EPSCoR Program, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for providing this opportunity.
SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Denver Petroleum Section Scholarship
February 26, 2016
Congratulations to Alexey Kovalev and Francis Gor on being selected as recipients of the 2016 SPE Denver Section Scholarship.
Alexey Kovalev and Dr. Vamegh Rasouli Dr. Vamegh Rasouli and Francis Gor
Article Featured in the Grand Forks Hearld
February 24, 2016
The department of Petroleum Engineering was featured in the Grand Forks Herald in an article titled: "UND's Petroleum Engineering Department waits for the upswing in the oil and gas industry". View the full article here: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3953959-waiting-upswing
Visit from Whiting Petroleum Corporation
February 10, 2016
The lunch and learn presentation provided by Raychel Duncan from Whiting Petroleum provided students with valuable skills to prepare for the upcoming career fair at UND.
Fall 2016 Industry Advisory Council Meeting
The Bakken Magazine Article: UND Petroleum Engineering program growing rapidly
Hess Corporation: On-Campus Dates
September 23, 2015 - Information Session
- 5:30 PM - Leonard Hall
Here we will discuss opportunities for students, and field questions on them.
September 24, 2015 - Interviewing
- Career Services (McCannel Hall) - Times TBA
Students picked for interviews will be contacted and allowed to sign up for times available. They will receive an email if selected.
September 29, 2015 - Career Fair
- Memorial Union - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
We will want everyone to be set up in career services – this is where students can submit resumes and potentially be selected for an interview. There are currently openings on their website to submit a resume for both our full time and internship offerings for next summer. The deadline for submission of resumes will be September 16 th .
2nd Annual Bakken Conference & Expo 2015, Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
July 27-29, 2015