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NMT - New Mexico Tech New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering

The New Mexico Institute of
Mining and Technology

Department of Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering

New Mexico Tech has over 60 years' experience educating petroleum engineers, dating from the 1930's when we were known as the New Mexico School of Mines. Today, with the world's demand for oil still growing, we are at the forefront in petroleum education and technology. The high demand for trained petroleum engineers is projected to remain well into the 21st century. Starting salaries are among the highest for any field of engineering. Recent New Mexico Tech graduates with bachelor's degrees in petroleum engineering reported starting salaries of $85,000 and higher.


  • Student paper contest presenters abstracts and presentations due to Karen by 5:00pm, January 17, 2018.

  • SPE and AADE General Meeting. 5:00-6:00pm. MSEC 103. The clubs are providing enchiladas! Arrive early.

  • Department Student Paper Contest. Friday, January 19, 2018. LIBRARY 212. 8:00am-3:00pm. Seeking sponsors for refreshments and lunch. Contact Karen.

  • SPE DFIT/Mini Frac Workshop with Shanker Muraleedharan of Apache Corporation. January 26-27, 2018. Seating limited. Doodle to RSVP for a seat closes January 22. Seeking sponsors for refreshments. Contact Karen.

  • AADE Clay Shoot. Saturday, March 3, 2018. Sponsorships available. Deadline: February 15, 2018. Contact nmtaade@gmail.com.Information posted soon.

  • Senior Design Presentations. Friday, April 20, 2018. 1:00-4:00pm. Fidel Ballrooms.

  • Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. Friday, April 20, 2018. 5:00-5:50pm Social Hour. 5:50pm Welcome. 6:00pm Dinner. Fidel Ballrooms.

  • Dr. Chen Classic. Saturday, April 21, 2018. 10:00am Shotgun Start.

  • Online Resume Portal. Student resumes are posted on a secure site for viewing. If any company would like access, please contact Karen to receive personal login information.

  • Release forms: All petroleum students will be asked to sign a release form for various department and student chapter announcements (photos, resume posting, text system). Stop by the office or see a chapter officer.

  • Department and SPE schedule of events can be viewed on the Events page (under NMT SPE) and is also posted on the department calendar.

  • Congratulations to the NMT SPE Student Chapter, Winner of SPE's International Outstanding Student Chapter Award!

  • SPE Distinguished Lecture. Monday, March 19,2018. 4:30-6:30pm. Location TBD. DL: David Hill. "Illuminating Insights Into Well and Reservoir Optimisation Using Fiber-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing."

  • SPE Roswell Section Wins the 2017 SPE International Gold Standard Award! The five-time award winning Section Board of Directors comprises of several NMT Alumni: Karen Hellinger (CLASS), JJ McGlasson (Petroleum Engineering), Deb Ingalls (Engineering Management), Eric Angelos (Petroleum Engineering), William Ampomah (Petroleum Engineering), and Jianjia Yu (Petroleum Engineering); other board members from the industry include John Maxey (Maxey Engineering LLC), Bruce Stubbs (Armstrong Energy), and Ron Curtis (M&R Trucking), and Kyle Alpers (Armstrong Energy).

  • Schedule of Events will be posted to the calendar.

  • Future Events 2018:2018 SPE North American Student Symposium (NASS), Baton Rouge, LA. Feb. 21-24. 2018. Wild Well Control School TBA.

  • SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER arriving March 2018!

  • We're on Facebook! "Like" the New Mexico Tech Petroleum Engineering Department page.

  • Follow us on Twitter! @NMTPetroEngDept

Award Recognition:

- Meeting Tomorrow's Energy Challenges Today -

   As a modern petroleum engineer, you'll be expected to perform interdisciplinary activities in the areas of drilling, production, formation evaluation, and reservoir engineering. Accordingly, we have designed New Mexico Tech's program to train you in many areas: geology, hydraulics, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, physical chemistry, and economics.

   The Petroleum Engineering department places particular emphasis on giving you "hands-on" experience as well as classroom education. In four modern laboratories, you'll gain practical experience with drilling fluids, well completions, formation evaluation, and reservoir engineering.

   An industry consortium sponsors projects in the area of reservoir characterization and simulation, and our students work and interact directly with industry operations and research staff. In addition, engineers and geoscientists from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories often work with the Petroleum Engineering department. The Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) is located on campus and is well known in the industry as a research leader in advanced techniques of improved petroleum recovery. Researchers from the PRRC interact extensively with the Petroleum Engineering department.

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