Facts and Rankings

With 28 faculty members, 24 staff members, 500 students and 6,700 alumni across the world, the Hildebrand Department is a strong, tight-knit community of people who are globally improving access to energy. The department's petroleum and geosystems engineering research enterprise is funded by $9.2 million in annual expenditures.


Best Petroleum Engineering Program in the World
Quacquarelli Symonds


Best Graduate Petroleum Engineering Program in the U.S.
U.S. News and World Report


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  • Approximately 350 undergraduate students enrolled
  • Approximately 150 graduate students enrolled
  • $11,000 per year for Texas residents (approximate tuition cost)
  • 21% of undergraduates identify as female
  • 35% of undergraduates are from underrepresented communities
  • 6+ petroleum and geosystems engineering student organizations
  • 90% of BS graduates receive job offers or attend grad school upon graduation
  • $100.2K average starting salary for petroleum engineering BS graduates


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National academy members, award-winning teachers, world-changing inventors — these are the professors who teach and conduct research in the Hildebrand Department. Among the Texas PGE faculty community are:

  • 3 current members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 13 distinguished members of the Society of Petroleum Engineering
  • 3 Texas Exes Teachers of the Year
  • 2 National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipients
Learn more about our faculty


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The UT PGE alumni community — over 6,700 strong — consists of corporate and community thought leaders who are behind some of the most influential energy innovations of the last 100 years. From Nick Steinsberger (BSPE 1987), who discovered the technique for modern-day hydraulic fracturing, to Scott Sheffield (BSPE 1975), the CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources, the Hildebrand Department is known for producing a distinguished community of graduates on the forefront of energy engineering. Beyond traditional oil and gas, UT PGE alumni work around the world in geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen storage, subsurface data analytics, AI and machine learning, and more.  

Learn more about our alumni