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Bob L. Herd
Department of Petroleum Engineering


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Fast Facts



Average salary of a Petroleum Engineer Student in 2023

Oilfield Technology Center

Texas Tech is the only university in the country with a working Oil Rig.


Seniors who had jobs after graduation in 2023

Statistics based on U.S. citizen seniors who participated in our exit survey.


Research Areas


Carbon-Zero Hydrogen Production

Dr. Yuan and his PhD student Keju Yan are working on generating hydrogen within petroleum reservoirs using catalytic microwave heating.

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The Oilfield Technology Center (OTC) is a unique educational facility designed to serve both research and teaching needs to give petroleum engineering students a hands-on experience in the design and operation of typical oilfield equipment.

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Petroleum companies are working on new methods of performing tasks in safer and more environmentally consious methods.

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Fiber Optic Sensing

Dr. Leggett's lab is utilizing fiber optic sensing technology to gather valuable data on multiphase flow, including strain, temperature, and noise measurements over long extents of pipe.

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Check out the types of scholarships the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering offers!

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Department News

Petroleum Experts Donates Nodal Analysis Software

Petroleum Experts Ltd. donated 10 licenses for the Integrated Production Modeling (IPM) software for educational use by students and faculty in the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Professor Receives Fullbright Scholarship

Professor in Petroleum is one of six Texas Tech University faculty members to receive a Fullbright Scholarship for the 2021-22 year.

Meet Our New Dean: Dr. Roland Faller


Dr. Faller Officially Takes The Reins As Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.

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Earn Your Master's Degree In
Petroleum Engineering Online

Mold the future of the petroleum engineering industry.

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What kind of jobs can I get?

Students in our program go on to get jobs such as:

• Drilling Engineer

• Production Engineer

• Reservoir Engineer

• Geophysicist

• Project Engineer

• Field Engineer

• Completion Engineer

• Professor

• Analyst

• Field Inspector

• Carbon Management





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Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering