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Department of

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department has experienced remarkable growth in student population over the past 10 years. Department graduates are among the highest paid and most sought after Techies. Students get hands-on experience through the academic program, as well as a variety of summer internships. The Petroleum Department has a strong collaboration with  Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC) in research and education. 

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Petroleum Engineering News

AADE Donated $50,444.79 to PE Department

The AADE Permian Basin Chapter has donated $50,444.79 to the NMT's Petroleum Department to fund the remodel of MSEC 367. The classroom will be upgraded to be a multi-functional smart learning environment and the adjoining meeting/conference room will get a complete overhaul.

Well Control Course
Well Control Course 

Our students have completed the Fundamentals of Well Control course provided by Wild WellControl. We want to express our thanks to the Permian Basin AADE Chapter for financially supporting this event. Well done students!


Petroleum and Natural Gas Faculty

Dr. Her-Yuan Chen

Associate Professor

Her-Yuan Chen, PhD
Dr. Tan C. Nguyen

Associate Professor

Tan C. Nguyen, PhD

 Chair Of Petroleum Department

Dr. Hamid Rahnema

Associate Professor

Hamid Rahnema, PhD
Dr. Mike Kelly

Associate Professor

Mike Kelly, PhD
Miao Zhang

Assistant Professor

Miao Zhang,PhD
Jihoon Wang

Assistant Professor

Jihoon Wang,PhD


Kim Royle Administrative Secretary II 575-835-5412 Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering MSEC 300A petro.dept@npe.nmt.edu