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About Us

The Department of Petroleum Engineering is one of only few petroleum engineering programs in the nation. We are in the heart of the Gulf Region's oil and gas industry in Lafayette, La., giving you access to a gamut of resources in the field.

The department was ranked No. 13 in the world – and No. 7 in the United States – as part of CEOWORLD magazine’s “World’s Best Universities for Oil, Gas, and Petroleum Engineering in 2017” list.

We are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, which means, as a student, you have access to enhanced opportunities in employment, mobility, and making a positive impact on society. The program in 60 years of existence has provided over 900 graduates who serve the petroleum industry worldwide.

We have around 434 students enrolled in the department (as of Fall 2017). We have twelve full-time faculty members and an increasing number of students. Our faculty and staff work to facilitate relevant research and development activities for economic and professional development.

Our Mission

To educate a diverse population of students to become petroleum engineers to perform applied research that benefits petroleum exploration and production, and to provide service to the industry and public.

The mechanism for achieving this mission is through a strong foundation to prepare students for international careers, continued education, public service and lifelong learning. The program emphasizes applied and multi-disciplinary teamwork in instruction and in research.

Our Vision

To provide a curriculum which best prepares the students for immediate work application in all areas of petroleum engineering. This will be accomplished through a balanced core and program specific curricula, emphasizing current technology, multi-disciplinary experience, and extensive integration of industry.