The Petroleum Engineering Degree Program at the University of North Dakota meets twice a year with the Advisory Council committee members.
The Petroleum Engineering Advisory Council was developed to align the education and research efforts of UND’s Petroleum Engineering with industry needs. The vision for the Petroleum Engineering program is to educate future generations of Petroleum Engineers who can contribute to building a better world through professional service and research for safe, reliable, and affordable energy production and environmental protection. The industrial advisory council will provide industry with the ability to invest in the petroleum engineering program by providing program direction, student scholarships, faculty development opportunities, student research opportunities, and forums for review of progress and defining future directions.
The Petroleum Engineering program is designed to provide students with a systems understanding of the petroleum industry that includes: science and technology; economics and business; policy and regulation; and society and behavior. These four components are built on a foundation of ethics, safety, and engineering/geology fundamentals. In addition, the students will gain an appreciation for scale, integration, and complexity of the globally evolving petroleum industry.
The overall goal of the advisory council is to engage petroleum industry in the process of developing the next generation of petroleum engineers. The goal of the program will be met through achieving the following specific objectives:
- Obtain input from industry on educational needs and directions for petroleum engineers
- Undergraduate research funding
- Undergraduate scholarships
- Forums to provide industry, students, and faculty to review program progress
The fall Industry Advisory Council took place September 12-13, 2019 in the Gransburg Community Room of the Gorecki Alumni Center at UND. Companies represented include ConocoPhillips, Continental Resources, CoreLab, Creedence Energy Services, EERC, Emerson, Equinor, Hallburton, Marathon Oil, ND Petroleum Council, NESET, Oasis Petroleum, Rainbow Gas, Schlumberger, SkySkopes, Steffes, Trace Systems, Train ND, and Williston High School. Thank you to our council members for their continued participation and support!
The Department of Petroleum Engineering’s research focus is about the studies of unconventional reservoirs, in particular shale oil and shale gas. The studies cover a wide range of research topics including:
- Hydraulic Fracturing, Wellbore Instability
- Drilling Horizontal & Multilateral Wells
- Geomechanics of Unconventional Reservoirs
- CO2-EOR & Thermal EOR
- Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs
- Data Mining in Petroleum Engineering
- Unconventional Reserve Evaluation
- Data Mining
- Reservoir Geomechanics
- Reservoir Simulation
- UND Reservoir Dogs
All engineering scholarship applications (university, college or Harold Hamm School) are to be completed on our online scholarship database system, Scholarship Central.
For students that plan on traveling to conferences, you would be eligible to apply for funding from the department. To qualify for travel assistance, you would need to be presenting in the conference that you plan on attending. Each student is eligible to apply once for travel assistance and the department will fund up to $250.00. You would be able to submit an additional request to the College of Engineering and Mines, with a potential of a 1:1 match. Before seeking funding from the department, it is your responsibility to seek outside opportunities for funding. The different professional organizations as well as the university may have travel opportunities that you are encouraged to apply for. If you do not take advantage of these opportunities, it may impact the outcome of your funding request. If you are not able to seek outside funding for travel, you should speak with your advisor to determine if they have a fund for travel and if not, then you would be able to send a request to the department.
When submitting your request, please make sure to include the total cost of your trip and purpose. You will also need to state where else have you requested funding. If you fail to provide this information, you will not receive any funding. Also, please make sure you submit your request before your travel, as requests for funds after you have returned will not be considered.
UND and the Petroleum Engineering department would like to acknowledge the generous donation of the “Petroleum Experts” IPM Suite software (amounted at $3,052,968.68), which is used by faculty and students for academic purposes. The software has been used for both teaching and research at UND.
A Risk-Based Approach to Plug and Abandonment Design and Barrier Technology Qualification by Øystein Arild on March 2, 2020
Deep Water Drilling and Open Discussion by Terry Lucht on February 18, 2020
Automated Multi-Well Reports Review – Text Mining for Oil & Gas Applications: The Story of an Ongoing Project by Olivier Chardac on February 10, 2020
Patterson UTI Drilling and New Technology Drilling Rigs by Lannie Fladeland on February 6, 2020
3 Presentations from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology by Dr. Robert Balch, Dr. Tan Nguyen, and Dr. William Ampomah on January 21, 2020
History and Highlights: Experience at TerraTek by Alan Black on December 9, 2019
Laboratory Drilling and Completions Research by Sidney Green on November 20, 2019
Advancements in Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Bakken by Charlie Gorecki on October 21, 2019
Geomechanics of Rocks and Reservoirs: A Multiscale Perspective by Dr. Birendra Jha on August 28, 2019