Energy companies from every continent look to the University of Tulsa for the best and brightest oil and natural gas engineers. Within the industry, the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at TU is widely regarded as the world’s best school for petroleum engineering – a reputation recently confirmed in CEOWORLD magazine’s 2017 rankings.

Lessons here go a lot deeper than pages in books. Students monitor a full range of data, conduct experiments and operate sophisticated simulators identical to what they’ll experience in the field. The school works with the industry’s most advanced technologies in the areas of drilling, production and reservoir engineering. It’s the only school with a working well on site. The city granted special permission to drill the 3,000-foot well for research purposes in the 1980s – making an exception to the ban on drilling within city limits implemented in the early 1900s.

Students from all over the globe choose this school for its world-renowned staff, advanced technology and hands-on petroleum engineering experience.

“We have students from all over the world and we all get along. Engineering is our common language. They’re looking at drilling, production, separation, surface facilities: porosity of rocks, core samples, flow measurement, and in the drilling lab, they sit in a simulator and learn how to operate a rig. That hands-on experience provides a visual reference to what they’ve learned.”

—Mike Stafford, Instructor, McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa.

TU’s “North Campus” – the petroleum engineering graduate program facility – provides graduate students hands-on experience to learn advanced petroleum production concepts and collaborate on multi-disciplinary research projects. The campus partners with more than 60 oil and natural gas companies.  This consortium brings together companies who have specific research needs and pairs them with a faculty member and graduate students who fulfill those research needs.

Mustafa Onur – McMan Professor and the school’s Chairman, has seen how the industry’s contributions translate to world-class facilities and state-of-the-art learning environments at the university’s main campus and its North Campus research facility.

“We work closely with the problems that the industry is facing. We actually develop technologies and methodologies towards the needs of the industry. There are around 60 companies supporting our facilities to conduct such research.”

Mustafa Onur, Chairman, McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa.

You’ll find the school’s graduates in the industry’s leading energy companies, in countries all over the world, and in the faculties of top petroleum engineering research universities. An impressive ninety-five percent of alumni find employment within six months after graduation, and 100 percent of advanced graduate students are presently employed. The average starting salary is more than $90,000 and experienced executive positions pay close to $300,000.

“To this day, from our research group 100 percent of our graduate students are employed.”

—Cem Sarica, PhD, Professor, McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa.

As the oil and natural gas industry grows more and more data-driven, this school and its highly-recruited students will serve as its intellectual leading edge. Opportunity is knocking louder than ever at this university’s door – here in Tulsa, Okla.

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