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.


  • 2014 Wild Well Control Class (left to right). Chijioke Nwachukwu, Steve Vorenkamp (instructor), Russell Moses, Jr, DJ Ojo, Catherine Lindsey, Pat Breslin, Zota Stevens, Riley Breslin, Seth Loggins, Christos Petrides, Charles Nimmer, Eric Angelos, Richard Poythress, Clark Cunningham, Cody Douglas, Ephraim Schofield.

  • SPRING 2013 NEWSLETTER. Spring 2014 Newsletter COMING April 8.

  • NMT SPE Annual Fundraiser! See any SPE student member to enter to win a 64GB Surface Tablet. Need not be present to win. If paying by credit card, please contact Karen Balch. Credit card payments being accepted via PayPal. Online Raffle Ticket

  • 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.

  • April 11-12. SPE Student Paper Competition, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three out of the five students won! 2nd Place, B.S., Arash Memarzadeh; 1st Place, M.S., Issah Abdallah; 3rd Place, Ph.D., William Ampomah. Issah will be traveling to ATCE Amsterdam to compete in the International Student Paper Contest! CONGRATS TO ALL!

  • April 14-16. AADE Fluids 2014 Conference, Houston. Masters Student, Sebastian Pivnicka, will present his poster during the student poster competition.

  • April 14. SPE Student Chapter Guest Speaker. WORKMAN 101 8pm. Jay Geist ('11), Packers Plus.

  • April 18. New Mexico Tech Closed. No classes. Offices closed.

  • April 22. Petroleum Engineering Department Forum. Location and time TBD. A forum for petroleum engineering students.

  • April 23. Petroleum Engineering Department Seminar. MSEC 101 2:30-3:30pm. Robello Samuel, a Halliburton Fellow, will speak on "Stretching the Space: Accelerating Drilling Innovation"

  • April 25-26. Dr. Chen Classic. Petroleum Engineering Senior Design Presentations. Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. Alumni RSVP by April 14 for all events. Contact Karen Balch.

    4/25. Dr. Chen Classic. SPONSORS: Devon, Packers Plus and Jay Geist.
    Registration begins 8:30. Breakfast 8:45-9:45am. Shotgun start 10:00am.

    PRICE REDUCED (Thanks to our sponsor, Jay Geist!) $35 registration fee includes breakfast, green fees, cart. Awards for Dr. Chen Classic will be presented at the banquet.

    4/26. Senior Design Poster Presentations. 1:00-4:30pm. Fidel 3rd Floor Ballrooms
    Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. 5:00pm-8:30pm. Fidel 3rd Floor Ballrooms. Dinner $25/person. RSVP after April 5- $35/person

  • May 3. Finals Begin

  • May 10. Commencement

  • May 15. SPE Distinguished Lecture. 11:30 lunch. Noon Lecture. Artesia, NM. Location TBD. Tayfun Babadagli, University of Alberta. "Development of Mature Oil Fields: Enhanced Oil Recovery Option."

  • March 7-9. Wild Well Control School. THANK YOU to our SPONSORS! Sponsors also will be posted in the annual newsletter.
    Sponsors: NMT AADE (breakfast), Julie Cruse, Mike Kostrzewa, Waleed Al-Bazzaz, Anonymous, Sachin Ghorpade, Bart Hegarty, Ravi Vanjarapu, Bill Marble

  • April 5. AADE Clay Shoot. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!. PLATINUM SPONSOR-Apache and Jay Geist. SILVER SPONSOR-Energen. Sponsors to-date include: Nikhil Keswani (breakfast), Tom Shimura, D& S Construction, Ravi Vanjarapu, Chris Silva, Industrial Helpers; Garrett McKee (Student Team), and HEYCO (student team). AADE 2014 Clay Shoot

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the SPE Roswell Section-Winner of the 2013 President's Award for Section Excellence. Second year in a row!!! The Roswell Section Officers, tied to New Mexico Tech, are: Robert Balch, Program Chair; JJ McGlasson, Section Chair; Vidya Bammidi, Membership Chair/YP Liaision; Karen Balch Secretary/Treasurer; Mike Kelly, Board Member. John Maxey, Section Co-Chair, has two students in the NMT Petroleum Engineering Program.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to the NMT SPE Student Chapter-recognition for the 2013 Gold Standard Designation Award. This recognition is for their exceptional programs in technology dissemination, membership development, community and social outreach, and more!

  • SPE 12th Annual 49ers Gold Rush Golf Scramble is scheduled for October 17, 2014.
    2014 Tournament Information Will Be Posted May 1.

  • 2014 SPE Roswell Section, NMT SPE Students, and Friends Race for the Cure. Sunday, September 21, 2014.

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

  • Follow us on Twitter! @NMTPetroEngDept

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

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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