University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

The Whiz Kids of UH Baseball

Tom Wertz (left) and Erik Pesek are pursuing engineering degrees while playing baseball. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Bewildered faces no longer surprise Tom Wertz and Erik Pesek. It’s come to be a common reaction when these two University of Houston baseball players tell people they are pursuing engineering degrees.

“It’s typical,” said Wertz, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. “At this point I have two stereotypes. In my engineering classes I’m a jock and in the locker room I’m a nerd.”

SPE Student Chapter Earns Honors

Members from the University of Houston-Rice University student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers at the Oceanstar Drilling Rig Museum. Contributed Photo.

The University of Houston-Rice University student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) was named Chapter of the Month for April. The international SPE office chose the group for their achievements from 190 chapters worldwide.

The organization’s drive to be more active helped earn them the honor, according to Philip John, vice president of SPE and a graduate student in UH’s petroleum engineering program.

New Director Named to Lead College's Petroleum Engineering Program


A longtime Shell researcher has been appointed to lead the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering's petroleum engineering program in training the next generation technical workforce.

Thomas K. Holley, a senior staff geophysicist with the global energy and petrochemical company, will begin work at UH April 1. He will succeed Ray Flumerfelt who has served as director of the program since fall 2008.

Sixth Annual Engineers Week Event Raises Money for Students, Programs

Raymond Flumerfelt, director of the petroleum engineering program, is presented with a check from the college's Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board. Photo by Jeff Fantich.

A University of Houston program, intended to help meet the workforce needs of the energy industry, along with several of its students, last week got a boost from area engineers.

Inspired by the fall 2009 start of the new undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering for which they helped develop curriculum, members of the Cullen College of Engineering's Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board dipped into their own pockets and raised $13,500.

Lucrative Lessons: Engineering Pegged as Degree With Highest Starting Salary

Chemical engineering senior Rhys Forgie works in the lab as part the college's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Photo by Thomas Shea.

Wide array of profitable, rare programs offered at UH

In recent weeks Kaytie Curttright (2009 BSChE) has been settling into work as an engineer with Samsung Austin Semiconductors.

The position, which has her responsible for ensuring the quality of materials at the Austin-based manufacturing plant, is exactly the job Curttright had hoped for upon graduating from UH in May.

SPE Section Pledges First Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

In support of the University of Houston’s expanding petroleum engineering program, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section has committed $250,000 to establish a professorship.

The first of its kind for the program, the SPE-Gulf Coast Section College Endowed Professorship in Petroleum Engineering will support efforts to broaden course offerings, enhance community outreach and spearhead new research by a Cullen College of Engineering faculty member.

UH to Provide Technical Training in International Partnership


The University of Houston has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Angolan university intended to boost technical training and reduce the southwestern African nation’s dependence on foreign technical expertise.

UH will collaborate with faculty at the University Agostinho Neto (UAN) to improve training, mainly connected to oil and gas, enabling more Angolan students to populate open positions in the oil-rich nation.

College to Launch New Petroleum Engineering Undergraduate Degree

More challenging for the petroleum industry than finding new ways to extract hard-to-reach resources may be locating the people to do it.

At the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, a bachelor’s degree option in petroleum engineering is being launched this fall to counteract the critical shortage of talent needed to replace the industry’s aging workforce.

How Will We Manage the Oil?

"Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself."

-- Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince," 1513

Master's Students from Mexico Program Arrive for Early Graduation Ceremony

No one ever said it was easy to work fulltime and pursue a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston -- especially if you live in Mexico.

But it can be done.

Thanks to a new distance-education program at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, 16 students who are employed by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in Mexico will graduate this week at the UH Hilton Hotel. It will be the first time any of the students have ever been on campus at UH.

UH Engineering's Global Outreach

The First Class of the UH/Universidad La Salle Program.

The UH Cullen College of Engineering is now offering master’s programs in Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Engineering in Mexico to Petrleos Mexicanos employees. This program is in partnership with the Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. Click here to read more.

World's Top Deepwater Research Center Explores New Frontiers

The UH Composites Engineering and Applications Center for Petroleum Exploration and Production is recognized as the world’s leading research organization in the engineering of composite material for offshore oil, gas exploration and production. Click here to read more.