About the Department
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.
|U.S. Oil Predictions Inspire Next Generation of Petroleum Engineers|
Texas Tech has a reputation for producing top petroleum engineering graduates that make an immediate impact. The upcoming completion of the new petroleum engineering building, combined with an oil boom, will enable Texas Tech to make an even bigger impact on petroleum engineering education and industry operations.
|Sheng Receives SPE Regional Technical Award, Fulbright Grant|
Dr. James Sheng, associate professor of petroleum engineering, is a recipient of a 2013 SPE Regional Technical Award for Formation Evaluation in the Southwestern U.S. region. He is also a recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Specialist Grant and will travel to Vietnam to help PetroVietnam University to establish a petroleum program.
|Researchers Develop Improved Fracturing Techniques|
Dr. Mohamed Soliman and two graduate petroleum engineering students have developed a new modified zipper frac (MZF) technique where fractures are initiated in a staggered pattern to induce stress, not only at the tips, but also in the middle area between fractures.
|Available Faculty Positions|
The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is currently accepting applications for multiple tenure track and/or tenured positions at the level of assistant, associate and full professor. For more information, visit the Available Positions page.