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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

Texas Tech's Dr. Marshall Watson and Dr. Changwon Son Receive Grant to Boost Offshore Safety with SURE Toolbox Program

Dr. Marshall Watson and Dr. Changwon Son from Texas Tech University have secured an $855,750 grant from the NASEM Gulf Research Project to address offshore safety concerns.

Journey of Success: Dr. Sajjad Esmaeilpour's Path from Texas Tech to Academia and Sustainable Engineering

Dr. Sajjad Esmaeilpour, a Texas Tech graduate from the Petroleum Engineering program, now an instructor at New Mexico Tech University, reflects on his academic journey and transition into academia.

Texas Tech and TerraVent Targeting Clean, Affordable Hydrogen Production


A group of researchers from the Department of Petroleum Engineering has partnered with a Florida-based clean energy company to produce affordable hydrogen.

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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