Petroleum Engineering celebrates 30 years
Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the School of Petroleum Engineering!
Petroleum Engineering welcomes all current and former staff, students and industry associates for a night of reminiscence, recollection and celebration as it commemorates its historic 30-year milestone. This anniversary is also a great opportunity to reunite with your former classmates - you might be amazed to find out where your friends have got to.
In 1986, when the School was founded, the industry was in a similar situation to today, with a subdued oil market. But with a strong vision for Australian-educated petroleum engineers, industry came together with the Federal Government to sponsor the founding of the School. This strategic forethought in a period of market downturn has seen the School go from having six students in 1986 to more than 500 in 2016!
Today, the School’s alumni work across all parts of the industry and beyond, in Australia and around the world. The School is a growing and diverse community with students hailing from more than 30 countries. One in four of our students is female and we have the largest number of full-time staff of any petroleum program in the country.
Under the stalwart leadership of Professor Val Pinczewski for more than 25 years, the School has seen the industry transform towards the massive developments in offshore gas and liquefied natural gas exports, the commercialisation of coal seam gas (CSG) and the advent of the unconventional gas age. Stepping up to the challenges of this new age, current Head of School Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb sees a clear future for the School. “We have the capabilities to explore and explain the behaviour of unconventional energy resources at every scale from the pore to the continent. Our graduates and researchers will deploy this knowledge for the benefit of society into the world’s increasing complex energy market.”
Innovation has always been at the heart of the School’s identity, from early research in enhanced oil recovery, to developing a widely used reservoir simulation tool for CSG fields, to research into low-emission energy through enhanced geothermal and carbon capture and storage, to award-winning commercial success in the applications of X-Ray CT scanning. This track record is set to continue with research focused on unconventional geomechanics, next generation reservoir simulation and integrated digital and conventional core analysis.
We are very proud of our School and our achievements over the years and are looking forward to seeing what the next 30 have in store.
The Anniversary and Student Awards Gala Dinner is being held on 16 September 2016 at Doltone House Hyde Park. Book your tickets today!