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.

  • 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.

  • 2015 Graduate Seminar Schedule

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

  • Registration OPEN! Sponsorships Available! 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-ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! Sponsors guaranteed a spot. Deadline: September 15. Late registration fees begin September 16. Sponsors are listed on the NMT SPE 49ers webpage.
  • Registration Forms Here

  • 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.

  • SPE Roswell Section Wins the 2015 SPE International President's Award for Section Excellence for a 4th Year! The four-time award winning Section Board of Directors comprises of several NMT Alumni: Robert Balch (E&ES/Petroleum Adjunct), Karen Balch (CLASS), JJ McGlasson (Petroleum Engineering), Nick Ingalls (Petroleum Engineering), Deb Ingalls (Engineering Management), Eric Angelos (Petroleum Engineering), and J. Michael Kelly (Petroleum Engineering); other board members from the industry include John Maxey (Maxey Engineering LLC), Bruce Stubbs (Armstrong Energy), and Ron Curtis (Wilbanks Energy Logistics). The Section will receive their award during the President's Luncheon at ATCE Houston in September.

  • "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.

  • AADE Student Chapter Annual Josh Kamas Memorial Golf Tournament. Thank you to our sponsors, and special thanks to the Kamas Family! LUNCH SPONSOR: Apache Corp. AWARD SPONSOR: Dylan Larson. Student Team SPONSOR: Jesus Barraza. Team Sponsor: Dominic Kamas. Hole SPONSORS: Lucky Services, A Plus Well Services

  • Schedule of Events will be posted to the calendar!

  • Future Events 2015: Conference Trips (ATCE Houston. Sept. 26-28); Outreach Events (Oil & Gas Day at the State Fair-Sept. 18); 2016 SPE Regional Student Paper Contest. Date TBA, Univ of Texas Austin.


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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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