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.


  • 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.

  • All petroleum students will be asked to sign a release form so Karen can release pics and resumes.

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2015! Commencement is Saturday, May 9.

  • Registration OPEN! Friday, October 16. 13th Annual SPE 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course. ONE FLIGHT. 9:30am Shotgun Start. Registration open to first 30 teams. Sponsors guaranteed a spot. Deadline: September 15. Late registration fees begin September 16.
    Registration Forms Here

  • "New Mexico Tech Student, Franciszka Stopa, Attends 8th International Petroleum Technology Conference in Kuala Lumpur"
  • Franciszka Stopa was one of five U.S. students chosen to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in mid-December to attend the 8th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) Education Week. Ninety-seven students from the around the world attended this SPE-sponsored conference. In early August each student was assigned to a group with ten other students and each group was given a topic to research and present on at the conference. The group was given the topic: Innovative Applications To Smartly Enhance the Performance of the Energy Industry. Within the presentation, the student team addressed the future of the energy industry, the need for technological advancements to meet energy needs, the potential role of alternative energy, and impact or mitigation of Health, Safety and Environmental concerns. Franciszka states: “The collaboration process at times was difficult but overall provided a great experience and exposure to other cultures and work ideas.” In addition, the conference provided students the opportunity to attend technical presentations and to visit the exhibition floor and talk with different companies. According to Franciszka one of the highlights of the trip was going on a field trip to Schlumberger’s regional lab. In one facility, displayed on 80 computer screens, was real-time data from projects ranging from different locations around the region. “It was fascinating to know that Schlumberger has employees on call at all times in the room monitoring projects and offering support for many different projects at the same time.” Overall Franciszka stated: “I wish that every petroleum student could have this experience and I am so thankful that I was given this opportunity.” Franciszka is from Alamogordo, New Mexico, and is the third in the line of sisters who have graduated (or will graduate) from New Mexico Tech.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the SPE Roswell Section-Winner of the 2014 President's Award for Section Excellence. The Roswell Section Officers, tied to New Mexico Tech, are: Robert Balch (Program Chair); JJ McGlasson (Section Chair); Vidya Bammidi (YP Chair Mentor Program (for NMT SPE)); Karen Balch (Secretary/Treasurer/Event Coordinator/Communications Chair); Mike Kelly (Board Member); John Maxey (Section Co-Chair, has two students in the NMT Petroleum Engineering Program); Eric Angelos (YP Energy4me Chair); Deb Ingalls (Internet Chair).

  • Schedule of Events will be posted to the calendar!

  • Future Events 2015: Conference Trips (SPE Liquids-Rich Basin Conference, Midland, Sept. 2-3; ATCE Houston. Sept. 26-28); Outreach Events (Oil & Gas Day at the Capitol); 2016 SPE Regional Student Paper Contest. TBA, Univ of Texas Austin.

  • SAVE the DATE! Senior Design Poster Presentations. Friday, April 22, 2016 2:00-4:00pm, Fidel Ballrooms A-B; Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. Saturday, April 23, 2016. 5:00pm. Location TBD. Social Hour 5:00-5:45pm.

  • Josh Kamas Memorial Golf Tournament: Platinum SPONSOR: Packers Plus/Jay Geist; Gold SPONSOR: Texas Speed and Performance; LUNCH SPONSOR: Apache. AWARD SPONSOR: David Best.Student Team SPONSOR: Three Forks Resources. Ravi Vanjarapu. Jesus Barraza. Maxey Engineering. Hole SPONSOR: Gannaway and Associates

  • 2014 SPE Roswell Section, NMT SPE Students, and Friends Race for the Cure. Sunday, September 21, 2014. In 2013, the team was in the top ten (#2) in fundraising, totaling $3,345! The team and NMT SPE will continue to fundraise through November 3. We would like to thank Assiya Bekniyazova and a few anonymous donors for their donations!


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- 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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