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Message from the Program Chair

Dear Students and Visitors,

Welcome to the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar!

The petroleum engineering field integrates a unique knowledge of fundamental and applied sciences that are required for the economical extraction of the oil and gas from a reservoir, thousands of feet below surface, utilizing geologic formation knowledge while determining drilling methods, designing the drilling equipment, implementing the drilling plan, and learning how to monitor operations.

Our curriculum also covers topics related to integrated management of subsurface reservoirs and building a strong background of many related disciplines, such as economics, reservoir modeling and simulation, reservoir engineering, and natural gas handling, production, and processing.

Our program is a part of the world-leading Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and we offer materially identical courses taught in English and a co-educational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to training engineers equipped to lead the next generation of engineering discovery. Furthermore, our program and Texas A&M at Qatar provide one of the friendliest environments for college students as our faculty engage on a daily basis with students, not only through academic activities but also at professional, social and personal levels.

We offer our students unique opportunities for training in world-class facilities, exposure to top-notch research activities and involvement in the world’s largest gathering conferences for petroleum engineers, such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences. Our SPE student chapter has been named an Outstanding Student Chapter multiple times because of its exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations, planning, community involvement, professional development, and innovation. More importantly, our alumni — who are leaders in Qatar’s and the region’s oil and gas industry — are well connected to the program, supporting its academic operation, training and student research and outreach activities.

Our faculty has diverse research interests in the core areas of upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, and they are supported by highly sophisticated teaching and research laboratories. Our research funding in the Petroleum Engineering Program during the past 10 years has exceeded $20 million in collaboration with reputable academic institutions and world-leading companies from all over the globe.

With ABET accreditation, students, parents, employers and the society we serve can be confident that the program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

I encourage you to browse our website to learn more about our program, collaboration opportunities and an exciting future career in petroleum engineering. If you need additional information, please contact us at +974.4423.0263 or at



Albertus Retnanto, Ph.D.
Professor & Program Chair