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Petroleum And Natural Gas Engineering

Our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) program is a rigorous engineering program focusing on reservoir, production and drilling engineering enhanced by a foundation of environmental stewardship. As Catholic Franciscans, we care deeply for the health and safety of all species, and environmental sustainability is one of our core values. Over the years, we have built a strong educational curriculum that excels in preparing our students for careers that enable them to protect the public's health, heal the sick, and repair our damaged environment.

  • Is Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering for you?

    Our goal is to serve our society in the best way by preparing a body of Petroleum Engineers who can help to enhance the quality of life through professional service and research for safe, reliable, and affordable energy production and environmental protection.

    This four-year degree program is designed to educate the next generation of qualified petroleum engineers who can combine analytical skills with a Franciscan approach in order to find safer and better ways to supply our global energy needs.

    Our petroleum and natural gas engineering program prepares students to become engaged and diligent leaders in the energy industry through:

    • A Franciscan approach to engineering with a strong stewardship component
    • Small class size and individual instruction that assures the quality required for learning
    • A focus on undergraduate research experience with our faculty
    • An integrated curriculum that taps into the expertise of our entire School of Sciences
    • Tailored classroom and lab spaces in our new 70,000 sq. ft. Center
    • Individualized instruction from passionate faculty dedicated to both teaching and research
    • Taste of diversity with students from multiple continents
    • Solid grounding in the liberal arts to develop critical skills in ethics and communications
    • A deep care of the environment and public health
  • Accreditation

    As a new program, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering degree program is not currently accredited, but will begin the application process as soon as the first class graduates.

    Industry Advisory Committee

    The members of the PNGE industry advisory committee are:

    • Mr. Craig Neal, VP Operations E&P, CONSOL Energy, Inc.
    • Mr. Art Cantrell, Chief Commercial Officer, Mainline Energy Partners, LLC
    • Mr. Ben Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, Penneco Oil Company, Inc.
    • Mr. Tom Lopus, Director of Operations - Range Resources
    • Dr. John Baltrus, Supervisory Team Lead, Computational Molecular Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory
    • Mr. Oleg Tolmachev, Senior Vice President of Drilling and Completions, Eclipse Resources
    • Mr. Robert Ovitz, Chief Operating Officer, Rex Energy Corporation
    • Dr. Michael S. Harr, P.E. , Business Development Advisor,  Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company, Appalachian/Michigan Strategic Business Unit
    • Mr. George Koperna, Vice President of Advanced Resources International, Inc.
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