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 March 14.
- 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
- Student Resumes Online. Student resumes are posted on a secure site for viewing. If any company would like access, please contact Karen to receive personal login information.
- 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
- Spring Break. March 17-21.
- March 25. WORKMAN 101. 8:00pm. NMT SPE Student Chapter Guest Speaker-Apache Corporation. Wayne Brown and Shelly Williams will speak about engineering experiences and their professional development programs and opportunities.
- March 27. NMT SPE Student Chapter Guest Speaker. Plunger Lift School. Watch your email and Facebook for more details early March.
- April 5. AADE Clay Shoot. Accepting competitors registration. Sponsorships still open. PLATINUM SPONSOR-Apache. Sponsors to-date include: Nikhil Keswani (lunch), Tom Shimura, D& S Construction, Ravi Vanjarapu, Chris Silva. AADE 2014 Clay Shoot
- April 7. SPE Distinguished Lecturer. New Mexico Tech Campus. PRRC 213. Lunch 11:30am, Lecture Noon. Shawn Maxwell, Schlumberger. "What Have We Learned About Fracturing Shales After 12 Years of Microseismic Mapping?" RSVP by April 3, 5pm, via Doodle Poll (for students). Email Karen Balch.
- April 10-11. SPE Underclassmen Field Trip. Combined with a Roswell Section dinner meeting and a YP breakfast lecture.
- April 11-12. AADE Upperclassmen Field Trip. Visting a drilling rig with BOPCO.
- April 11-12. SPE Student Paper Competition, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Five students will travel to compete in the regional competition. Winners from Regional will continue and compete in Amsterdam at ATCE. Good luck, Richard, Arash, Issah, Ivan, and William!
- April 14/15. SPE Student Chapter Guest Speaker. Time and Location TBA. Jay Geist ('11), Packers Plus.
- April 18. New Mexico Tech Closed. No classes. Offices closed.
- April 25-26. Dr. Chen Classic. Petroleum Engineering Senior Design Presentations. Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. RSVP by Friday, April 4 for all events. Contact Karen Balch.
4/25. Dr. Chen Classic. Registration begins 9:30. Lunch 10:15am. Shotgun start 11:00am. $45 registration fee includes lunch, 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 Ballrooms
Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. 5:00pm-8:30pm. Fidel Ballrooms. Dinner $25/person. RSVP after April 5- $35/person
- May 3. Finals Begin
- May 10. Commencement
- May 15. SPE Distinguished Lecture. Roswell/Artesia, NM. Location TBD. Tayfun Babadagli, University of Alberta. "Development of Mature Oil Fields: Enhanced Oil Recovery Option."
- 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.
- 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.