Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Welcome to the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Petroleum engineering is an exciting field of professionals dedicated to providing energy that powers a modern society. Petroleum is a precious resource that should be produced and consumed with caution and in an environmentally friendly manner. Our department is committed to educating the next generation of petroleum engineering leaders who will improve our quality of life.

UT PGE is home to the No. 1 undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering programs in the country. Our tradition of excellence stems from strong curriculum, world-class faculty and an unmatched research program.

UT PGE became a full-fledged academic department in 1930, and since that time, we have seen an uninterrupted string of successes. For the last 10 years, we have been the most efficient department in the U.S. in terms of granting B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees per each of our 20 faculty members and lecturers. Since 2010, we have successfully hired five new faculty members: four assistant professors and one full professor. With these additions, we are the preeminent petroleum engineering program in the world.

Our research in reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery (especially chemical flooding and miscible gas injection), sequestration of carbon dioxide in the subsurface, producing unconventional gas and oil shales, wellbore geophysics and wireline log evaluation, drilling and completions, zonal isolation and cementation, and use of nanotechnology in the subsurface is second to none. As a result, we receive almost $750,000 of external research funding per tenure-track faculty per year. 

In addition to being recognized for their innovations in this field, our professors are focused on inspiring and teaching the future generation of petroleum and geosystems engineers.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in learning more about our dynamic department at this prestigious academic institution.

Jon Olson, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Chair and the Frank W. Jessen Professor


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Monday – Friday

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin

Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

200 E. Dean Keeton St., Stop C0300

Austin, TX 78712-1585

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