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The strategic plan for Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston is to grow a top tier department, consistent with the University’s Tier 1 initiative, with 12-15 tenure-track faculty members graduating 50+ BS, 20 MS, 6 PhD graduates per year.
The first five year phase of this strategic plan is underway.
The first BS students enrolled in Fall 2009 and are schedule to graduate in Spring 2013. The first three-credit course “Reservoir Petrophysics” will be offered in Spring 2011.
The long standing two-track graduate program (course-based Masters of Petroleum Engineering and thesis-based Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering) is expanding with two additional tracks, Master of Science in Well Design Engineering and Master of Science in Petroleum Completion and Well Intervention Engineering.
These instructional programs will be supported in the near term by six permanent tenure-track faculty members (3 by the end 2011), plus full-time non-tenured faculty, the 14 current adjunct faculty, and support staff.
Upon recruiting of the permanent faculty, the graduate research effort will expand under their leadership to include an industry supported research effort and a new Ph.D. program.