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Saint Francis University offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE).
Software Package - CMG
Field Trip - Well Site of Range Resource
Field Trip - Structural Geology
Our PNGE program incorporates a Franciscan approach with real world experience as an integral component of learning coupled with a vital liberal arts education. Small size classes and
strong relationships with faculty are signature advantages of the learning environments established for undergraduate students at SFU. Our students develop a wide variety of skills required to be successful in the rapidly growing field of engineering through classroom learning, field trips, lab operation, academic and industrial research project activities, leadership in professional student chapters, and more. Our graduates are qualified to either work in oil and gas operation companies, oil and gas service companies, government (e.g., Department of Energy), and academic/research institutes, or go to graduate school, or open their own business related to the oil and gas industry.
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students conduct research in small
teams advised by PNGE faculty
members. Many students begin research as freshmen. Students can work with multiple
faculty on different projects over their four years. Students can also receive funding to present their research at regional, national, and international
conferences, and have the opportunity to publish their work in peer-review journals as a leading author.
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Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Laboratories Rock Property Lab PVT Lab Drilling Fluids LabProfessional Software Packages Petrel with Mangrove and Intersect from Schlumberger CMG from Computer Modeling Group Ltd. Petra and Harmony from IHS Ltd. Aries from Halliburton ArcGIS from Esri Ltd.PNGE Research & Service Center Our PNGE students can be involved in real industrial projects through our Intelligent Reservoir & Service (iRRS) Center.
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Our PNGE program also attaches great importance to learning opportunities beyond the classroom. We offer two field trips every year: geological field trip for freshman to study the structural geology and well site trip for all-level students to understand drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and/or completion. We also strongly recommend and help our students to find internship position in oil and gas companies and energy-related government position. The SFU SPE Student Chapter and AAPG Student Chapter are led by our students to develop their leadership, community service, and industrial network.
Our PNGE program has established a strong industry advisory committee board with nine high-level, experienced experts providing strong support. We also received valuable donations from oil and gas industrial companies for professional software valued at over $1 million, and drilling and completion equipment. Industrial experts are frequently invited to our seminar series every Friday afternoon. The engineering department also hosts an annual career fair Meet & Greet specifically for engineering students.Learn more about Industry Support
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program will be seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET upon our first graduating class, expected Spring 2018. As guide to our program we are focused on helping our students attain the "Program Educational Objectives" and "Student Outcomes" that are published below.
Graduates of the Saint Francis University Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program will:
1. Create value to their professional enterprise by applying fundamental knowledge of petroleum and natural gas engineering.2. Embrace lifelong learning to advance to positions of greater responsibility. 3. Contribute a Franciscan approach as they ethically shape the culture in their workplace, community, and civil society writ large.
Each student will have demonstrated the proficiency in the following outcomes upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.(c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs.(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.(g) an ability to communicate effectively.(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The following table lists enrollment and graduation data.
“I will build my own oil/gas company after I complete my degree; this is my plan and I am working hard to make it happen."
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter has been awarded the Student Chapter Excellence Award for 2019.
All the current PNGE sophomore students have secured internships for this summer to work in the oil and gas fields or in research positions.
The Saint Francis University Science Center has a new display hanging in the ground floor hallway.
Four PNGE students participated in the College Drill Bowl Competition against teams from Marietta, PSU, and WVU.
Cade Young, a freshman General Engineering major with an Aviation concentration, completed his first solo flight in a Diamond DA40 NG, flying out of the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport on December 9th.
Since well-before her high school graduation, Teresa Reid knew studying engineering was her calling. Now a sophomore PNGE and applied mathematics double major, Reid has already received awards, research grants and an internship in her field.
Environmental Engineering students get hands-on experience working on real projects from local organizations. Read about a recent project installing weirs.
Dr. John Harris, '82 SFU alum and current Department Chair of the Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics departments, tells his story of how he chose his major.
On October 16th, Saint Francis University officially launched the new Aviation program with a blessing and christening at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.
There is major demand for new pilots. The industry will more than double in size over the next 20 years. Read about Gabby's reasons for becoming a pilot through the new Aviation program.
Read Gabby's Story
PNGE Students, Jonathan Bruno, Jan Vit Suntar, Annamarie Bolt, and Shannon Szymusiak, were each awarded $3,000 scholarships from WAAIME.
A student's first-hand experience participating in the new Environmental Engineering Adopt a Site Internship program.
Read about Andrew's Experience
Portage Area teacher, Travis Kargo, invited the faculty to perform hands-on lab experiences in a 3-month Engineering series for Environmental, Petroleum and Natural Gas, and General Engineering programs.
On May 13th, the first two students in the four-year PNGE undergraduate program, Zachary Rohland and John Sheesley, graduated.
Learning how to treat mine drainage has always been a staple of the Environmental Engineering Department’s curriculum at Saint Francis University because of its serious environmental impact and prevalence throughout the region.
Ashley Rovder, an Environmental Engineering major, took part in a unique full-immersion study abroad experience in Bolivia.
Four PNGE students presented their final class project on the explosion and oil spill that occurred from the massive, mobile oil rig, Deepwater Horizon.
PNGE students Annamarie Bolt, Ian Gabig, Shannon Szymusiak, and Guofang (Frank) Zheng each received a $2,500 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Pittsburgh Section Scholarship.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students Zachary Rohland, John Sheesley, and Guofang Zheng presented their research posters at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Pittsburgh Section meeting.
Dr. Timothy R. Carr, Geology Professor and Department Chair at West Virginia University spoke to Engineering students on the topic of Environment Management in Marcellus Shale Development.
Mr. David Bolt, Vice President of Cormorant Engineering, visited Saint Francis University to do mock interviews with Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students during the week of March 12th.
The Engineering program at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. James (Jim) Eckenrode as lab manager.
SFU Environmental Engineering students and faculty welcomed Dr. Pedro Luis Borges Chaffe, a Fulbright Scholar from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis-Brazil, for an invited lecture.
Environmental Engineering Junior, Staci Shoemaker, joined a volunteer team in Nicaragua to improve the living conditions for the Sabana Grande residents during a ten-week service project.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program received 15 licenses and a maintenance contract valued at nearly $60 million for use over the next three years that includes a variety of Schlumberger software products.
Dr. Alireza Shahkarami, Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program, received a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund for Undergraduate Research.
The Institute for Energy was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from Constellation Energy to help support the new tiny classroom traveling to schools and events around the state.
Tiny Classroom Nears Completion
Dr. Cosh is a 1995 SFU Engineering graduate and now an Arthur S. Flemming Award winner.
Read his story
Researchers from Saint Francis University, the University of Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania State University have found that exposure to trace metals from potatoes grown in soil irrigated with waters from the Potosi mining region in Bolivia may put residents at risk of non-cancer health illnesses.
Three students in the petroleum and natural gas engineering major at Saint Francis University were awarded scholarships worth $2500 each.
When the temperatures reached an abnormal high of over 70 degrees Fahrenheit in February, many professors headed outdoors with their classes. Professor Joseph Goodwill took things a step further. For his Environmental Transport Processes class (ENVE 312), he took his Junior Engineering students and some special equipment outside.
Seven members of the ASMR student chapter helped to
plant almost 2,000 bare-root plants at a Clearfield, PA wetland site.
Event offers students a chance to talk one-on-one with potential engineering employers.
Saint Francis University School of Science, Environmental Engineering Program,
and Center for Watershed Research & Service is pleased to welcome Fulbright
Scholar Dr. Ruben Mamani from Bolivia to campus.
Get to know Dr. Mamani
Desmend, an incoming freshman in the petroleum and natural gas engineering program, is no stranger to Saint Francis University. Participating in the University’s Upward Bound Program, he was one of only 1,000 scholarship recipients, out of 53,000 applicants across the U.S.
Thanks to a generous donation from Gwin Dobson & Foreman Consulting Engineers the Environmental Engineering department has an Armfield hydraulic flume to use in classroom teaching and in student research.
Learn more about this donation.
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