NMT Ranked 14th In the World For Petroleum Engineering

NMT Ranked 14th In the World For Petroleum Engineering

SOCORRO, N.M. – The Petroleum Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech recently rates as one of the best in the world, according to CEOWORLD magazine. The publication recently ranked New Mexico Tech as one of the 'World’s Best Universities For Oil, Gas, And Petroleum Engineering In 2017,' listing NMT No. 14 worldwide.


Six of the Petroleum Engineering Department's standout students pose at the oil derrick outside of the Kelly Building earlier this year. These students presented papers at a regional conference. From left are Ivan Kurnia, Shangwen Zha, Mark Shaffer, Jon Burwell, Nirbendra KC, and Dylan Rose-Coss.


The United States dominated the rankings with 15 of the top 35 schools. The United Kingdom landed six schools in the top 35. China, meanwhile, has 4 ranked universities; India and Norway have two; Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, and the Netherlands each have one.


Dr. Tom Engler, professor of Petroleum Engineering, said “Our success is due to the commitment of our faculty and staff to providing a quality education resulting in very effective engineers in the industry. This ranking proves our efforts are preparing students for a successful career in industry.”


World’s best universities for Oil, Gas, and Petroleum engineering in 2017 by the CEOWORLD magazine is based on six major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:


1) Academic reputation


2) Admission eligibility


3) Job placement rate


4) Recruiter feedback


5) Specialization


6) Global reputation and influence


Data for these indicators was collected from publicly available sources, university’s website, our research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiters’ feedback, without relying on university data submissions. Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”


New Mexico Tech scored a 93.7, only five points behind No. 1 Tulsa.


The Petroleum Engineering Department at NMT has grown significantly over the past decade. In 2005, the department was one of the smallest on campus with 31 undergrads (2.6 percent of all undergrads). By the fall of 2016, the department had grown to 177 undergrads, representing 12.1 percent of the student body and ranking third by population.


Petroleum Engineering students have been active in the community, at conferences, and through the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The SPE campus club won an international award as a top student chapter earlier this year.


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