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Petroleum And Natural Gas Engineering


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    Dr. Alireza Shahkaram
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    Saint Francis University (SFU) offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). Our PNGE program incorporates a Franciscan approach with real world experience as an integral component of learning coupled with a vital liberal arts education. Small size classes and strong relationships with faculty are signature advantages of the learning environments established for undergraduate students at SFU. Our students develop a wide variety of skills required to be successful in the rapidly growing field of engineering through classroom learning, field trip, lab operation, academic and industrial research project activity, leadership in professional student chapter, and more. Our graduates are qualified to either work in oil and gas operation companies, oil and gas service companies, government (e.g., Department of Energy), and academic/research institutes, or go to graduate schools, or open your own business related to oil and gas industry.

  • Why take Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at SFU?

    • Undergraduate Research
    • Small Classes
    • Experiential Learning
    • Beyond the Classroon
    • Industry Support
    Undergraduate Research

    Undergraduate ResearchOur undergraduate students conduct research in small teams advised by PNGE faculty members. Many students begin research as freshmen. Students can work with multiple faculty on different projects over their four years. With finishing a good job, students can be funded to present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to publish their work on peer-view journals as leading author.

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    Small Classes

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    Experiential Learning

    Highlight31. Three laboratories
         Rock Property Lab
         PVT Lab
         Drilling Fluids Lab
    2. Five Professional Software
         Petrel with Mangrove from Schlumberger
         CMG from Computer Modeling Group Ltd.
         Petra and VirtuWell from IHS Ltd.
         ArcGIS from Esri Ltd.
    3. One Research & Service Center
         Our PNGE students can involve in real industrial projects through our Intelligent Reservoir & Service (iRRS) Center.
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    Beyond the Classroon

    Highlight4Our PNGE program offers two field trips every year to study the structural geology and to explore the wellsite during drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or completion. We also strongly recommend and help our students to find internship position in oil and gas companies and energy-related government position. The SFU SPE Student Chapter and AAPG Student Chapter are led by our students to develop their leadership, community service, and industrial network.
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    Industry Support

    Highlight5Our PNGE program has established a strong industry advisory committee board with nine high-level, experienced experts, providing strong support. We also received valuable donations from oil and gas industrial companies for professional software (>$1,000,000.00), and drilling and completion equipment. Industrial experts are frequently invited to our seminar course at every Friday afternoon. Engineering department also host career fair Meet & Greet specific for engineering students annually.
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