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Department of Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering is the practical application of the basic and physical sciences of mathematics, geology, physics, and chemistry and all of the engineering sciences to the discovery, development, and production, and transportation of petroleum. Petroleum is the most widely used form of mobile energy and now supplies approximately three-fourths of the total energy used in the United States. It is also a major raw material from which a wide variety of products are manufactured. The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is staffed with industry-experienced faculty who have an average of more than 15 years of experience per faculty member. This experience is combined with sound engineering and scientific principles in the classroom and made an integral part of the candidate’s educational challenge. Visit our website at for more information on our department.


Name Title Contact Info Expertise Area(s)
Ravi Vadapalli, Ph.D. Co-PI & Senior Research Scientist,
Petroleum Engineering
Phone: 806.834.5941
Personal Website: Link
  • Petroluem Reserves Evaluation and Economics
  • EOR in both New Reservoirs and Brownfields
  • Unconventional Reservoirs with an Emphasis on Coalbed Methane