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Petroleum Engineering Capital Campaign

    Petroleum Engineering Capital Campaign

    The following describes the major needs and goals for the Petroleum Engineering Program and New Mexico Tech. In summary, the list includes

    1. Fully funding the Langdon B. Taylor Endowed Chair.........................$1.0MM

    2. Fully funding the John Kelly/Alumni Endowed Chair........................$1.5MM

    3. Lab facilities..............................................................................$0.5MM

    4. Student activities and professional development............................$20,000

    The first two are substantial and are considered long term goals. The third, lab facilities, is a continuous process of upgrading and replacing equipment. As a result, some equipment needs are short term, such as upgrading old equipment, while otheres are long term; e.g., purchasing new equipment. The last item, funds for student activities and professional development, re-occurs every academic year and consequently is a short term goal.


    The Langdon B. Taylor Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering was created in 1989 to honor the significant contributions of Lang Taylor to New Mexico Tech. It was created by students and alumni and supported by industry. Currently, the balance in the fund is 1.3 million which generates funds to support one-half of a faculty salary. The goal is to fully support one faculty position, which will require an additional $1 million.

    The John Kelly/Alumni Endowed Chair in Petroleum Enigineering was created in 2011 to honor the contributions of the John and Ester Kelly Family to New Mexico Tech. The fund was initiated by the family with the request the endowment grows through donations from the alumni. Currently the balance of the endowment is $1 million which partially supports a faculty position. The goal is to fully support one faculty position, which will require an additional $1.5 million.

    To provide students with the latest technologies and equipment we are continually modifying and upgrading the Petroleum Engineering Department's lab facilities. Through grants, donations and internal equipment funds, the program has purchased a high speed mixer and two digital viscometers for drilling and well design labs, a core resistivity measurement apparatus and temperature bath for reservoir lab; and new computers, server, furniture, computer projector, and two smartboards, one for the reservoir characterization and simulation lab and another for the conference room. We are the only program outside of CS and DE to have this advanced technology in the classroom. Also, in the computer simulation lab is over $50 million in specalized, commercial software for the students to use. Our current goal is to raise $400,000 to ontinue this effort. Acquired! Drill rig simulator. Other specific equipment is flow meters, transducers and pumps for our new flow loop research facility ($50k), two new cement consistometers ($150k), and additional flow measurement and PVT fluids analysis equipment for reservoir lab ($200k).

    In addition to equipment, the program supports student activities and faculty professional development. As examples we have supported:

    Professional development of faculty to conferences and symposiums. Participation in these events provides exposure and recognition to NMT.

    The Wild Well Control School-extremely popular among the students and beneficial as all students receive well control certification.

    Student travel to conferences and contests.

    Collaborating with the SPE and AADE student chapters in sponsoring the widely popular SPE golf tournments, the Langdon Taylor Banquet, and field trips to drilling and/or production facilities.

    Our goal is to raise $20,000 to augment the department's budget for the following items:
  • 2014 ATCE Amsterdam sponsor: $5000, whole or multiple sponsors. Sponsorship will help cover the cost of food and a host bar.

  • 2014 LBT Banquet: $2000 to cover associated costs

  • 2014 Well Control School: $7000, cost for course

  • Travel: $6000, to conferences, paper contests, committee meetings, and field trips

  • Prepared by:

    Thomas W. Engler, Ph.D, P.E.

    Professor/Chair-Petroleum Engineering

    Dean of Engineering

    May 15, 2012