Petroleum engineering student ways to optimize oil and gas production.


For over 50 years, the University of Alberta has offered the only accredited BSc Petroleum Engineering degree program in Canada.

Petroleum engineers are involved in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields. They apply the principles of geology, physics, and the engineering sciences to the recovery, development, and processing of petroleum. Petroleum engineers recommend the best location for drilling a well, determine if the well contains significant quantities of hydrocarbons that can be recovered economically, and make decisions regarding appropriate well completion techniques.

Career possibilities:

  • Oil sands extraction technology design
  • Policy making and consultation
  • Exploration
  • Drilling and processing


Dr. Tayfun Babadagli

Dr. Hassan Dehghanpou

Dr. Zhehui (Charlie) Jin

Dr. Ergun Kuru

Dr. Juliana Leung 

Dr. Huazhou Li (Andy)

Dr. Alireza Nouri

Dr. Japan Trivedi

Dr. Huazhou (Andy) Li

Areas of specialization

  • Advanced drilling engineering
  • Advanced topics in petroleum production mechanics
  • Advanced well test analysis
  • Fluid mechanics of natural gas production
  • Numerical and analytical solution of porous media flow
  • Petroleum reservoir engineering
  • Reservoir simulator development
  • Secondary recovery
  • Thermal recovery
  • Well-logging and formation evaluation