SPE Penn State Student Chapter

To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

SPE’s Mission

From the office of Our President

The Next Big Thing: Penn State Petroleum Engineering Students Ready to Make it Happen

From the first commercial oil well in 1859 to lateral lengths and pad sizes of today that continue to push the limit, Pennsylvania is home to the shakers and movers always poised to revolutionize the industry. To this point, the students and faculty in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) Program at Penn State are no exception. With the Shale Revolution happening in our backyard, Penn State students have been able to contribute to the revival of an industry that was thought to be slipping away.

SPE Penn State and our PNGE program have a great relationship that work together to ensure our graduating  students are self-thinking, technically proficient, and motivated engineers. The Penn State PNGE program is ranked #4 by U.S. News and World Report (which is too low in my unbiased opinion) in the country and for a reason. Our outstanding faculty focuses on producing fundamentally sound engineers ready to tackle and problem. SPE Penn State steps in to connect industry and academia so our students can see first-hand how these fundamentals are being put into practice.

The oil and gas industry is continually evolving and SPE PSU prides itself in matching that evolution: with unconventional plays the norm, we have added a short course that addresses the full spectrum of unconventional completions and another focusing on manipulating software to model and effectively develop shale resources; as automation and machine learning are an ever-growing reality, our students are putting them into action with our first ever Drillbotics team where they will plan, design, build, and operate an automated drilling rig competing against other universities internationally. Also, no longer is the oil patch dominated by men as the number of women entering the field continues to grow. As such, we are assembling a Women in Energy Forum bringing together women leaders from across the energy sector (not just petroleum) to speak on their professional experiences and offer advice to the young women in our program.

Determined, adaptive, and innovative people are the ones who took the first commercial oil well and brought us to the modern age of oil and gas. We need those same kinds of folks to push the envelope and make the next great leap in advancement. With sound fundamentals and an SPE student chapter helping them think outside the box, I firmly believe those folks are right here at Penn State.

We Are!!


Matt Watson