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.


  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Thursday, September 18. 3:00-4:30pm. MSEC 105. Petroleum Engineering Faculty Candidate Presentation. "The effects of chemical adsorption on wellbore stability in shale formations"

  • 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!

  • Wednesday, September 24. SPE/AADE Genral Meeting. BEGINS AT 8:30pm PROMPTLY. MSEC 103.

  • Tuesday, September 30. SPE Distinguished Lecturer Online. Time and Location TBA. Refreshments Hosted by SPE Roswell Section.

  • Wednesday, October 1. PETROBERFEST! Join the ATCE Amsterdam Team on the MSEC Patio for their lunch fundraiser. German food, music and costumes. Prizes for the best dressed!

  • Thursday, October 2. MANDATORY 49ers Volunteer Orientation. 8:30pm. Location TBD.

  • Come join us for the 12th Annual SPE 49ers Golf Tournament October 17, 2014 at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course! There is a special one-time only event for platinum sponsors (Teeing up and driving a golf ball off M Mountain). Information included in sponsor packet.
    2014 Brochure, 2014 Player Registration Form, 2014 Sponsorship Form

  • 49ers SPONSORS: PLATINUM: Packers Plus, Jay Geist, Apache Corporation, Elite Well Services. GOLD: Maxey Engineering, LLC. SILVER: Armstrong Energy, Wild Well Control. P.M. DINNER: Three Forks Resources. EVENT: Chevron, NonDary Oil, Inc., Devon, Packers Plus.

  • 19th Hole Petroleum Engineering Reception during 49ers, Friday, October 17. 7:30-9:30pm hosted by Bob and Karen Balch. RSVP by October 13 for directions and more information.

  • SUCCESS! Building an Endowment. The NMT AADE Student Chapter, with efforts from MANY donors, sponsors, faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry and the Kamas Family, has successfully built the Josh Kamas Memorial Endowment to an amount over $16,000. A second Josh Kamas Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an NMT AADE student member in February 2015, during SPE Roswell Section's Leadership Workshop. THANK YOU!

  • 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

  • Future Events: Conference Trips (ATCE Amsterdam, Permian Basin Oil & Gas Show); Outreach Events (NMOGA/MESA Oil & Gas Career and Education Fair (Oct 28-29, Artesia), Oil & Gas Day at the Capitol); Department Student Paper Contest (November); SPE Roswell Leadership Workshop (February); SPE Distinguished Lecturers (Spring); SPE Regional Student Paper and Petrobowl Competition (Spring). Dates will be posted later.

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Dr. Chen Classic and Langdon B. Taylor Banquet. April 24-25, 2015.

  • 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.


  • 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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