Petroleum Engineering


The vision of the PI’s Petroleum Engineering Program (PEP) is to be recognized as a world-class program, underpinned by the excellence of its faculty, students, and research record.


The mission of the PEP is to be a leading center of excellence in education, training, research, and professional service. It is purposely built to meet the needs of the petroleum industry. The PEP is a platform for life-long learning, and the best environment for an interdisciplinary approach to engineering.

Program Description

The PEP curriculum is designed to adapt to the advances shaping the industry today. It blends the fundamentals of petroleum engineering and the business processes required to reach the very best solutions for operations in the field. Our unique program has the latest equipment and facilities, and special access to local companies. As a result, PEP graduates are prepared to succeed in real-life situations, and to develop meaningful careers.

Program Educational Objectives

Petroleum Engineering Program graduates will:

  • Establish themselves as leading engineers in their fields.
  • Demonstrate complete technical and ethical professionalism.
  • Undertake research and contribute to technological advancements
  • Serve the U.A.E.

Student Learning Outcomes

On completion of the PEP, students will be able to do the following:

  • To apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • To design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • To design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • To function on multidisciplinary teams
  • To identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • To understand of professional and ethical responsibility
  • To communicate effectively
  • To understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context
  • To recognize the need for, and have an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • To understand the contemporary issues pertaining to energy
  • To use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Facilities

The Petroleum Engineering Program laboratories are located in the Arzanah and Ruwais buildings. These include:

  • Analytical Instrument Laboratory
  • Core Preparation Laboratory
  • Drilling Fluids Laboratory
  • Drilling Simulation Laboratory
  • Fluid Properties Laboratory
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory
  • Rock Properties Laboratory
  • Production and Facilities Laboratory

Degree Requirements

The PEP is designed to give students a robust education in the fundamentals of petroleum engineering science as well as the specific training to apply this knowledge in the oil and gas industries. The features of the program are the extensive laboratory work and the summer internship in industry, where students gain invaluable experience in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world. The PEP requires 133 credits to graduate, distributed as follows: 53 credits in General Education Requirements; 74 credits in Major Requirements, and at least 6 credits in Major or pre-approved Technical Electives.

Study Plan

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Dr. Vassilios C. Kelessidis
Professor & Department Chair

Ruwais Building, Room 3107A
Office: +971 2 607 5386
Fax: +971 2 607 54200

Dr. John M. Williams

Ruwais Building, Room 3106, Arzanah Building 327
Office: +971 2 607 5387 / 5031
Fax: +971 2 607 5200

Dr. Jorge Salgado Gomes
Adjunct Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3-103
Office: +971 2 607 5180
Fax: +971 2 607 5200

Dr. Samuel Osisanya

Ruwais Building, Room 3119
Office: +971 2 607 5159
Phone: +971 2 607 5200

Dr. Pawel A. Nawrocki
Associate Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3107A
Office: +971 2 607 5477
Fax: +971 2 607 54200

Dr. Hadi A. Belhaj
Associate Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3112
Office: +971 2 607 5589
Fax: +971 2 607 5589

Dr. Motiur Rahman
Associate Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8329
Office: +971 2 607 5680
Fax: +971 2 607 5200

Dr. Mohammed Haroun
Associate Professor

Ruwais, Building 3, Room 3111
Office:  +971 2 6075326 
Fax:  +971 2 6075200

Dr. Bisweswar Ghosh
Associate Professor

Ruwais Building Room 3114
Office: +971 2 607 5538
Phone: +971 2 607 5200

Dr. Mohammed Al Kobaisi
Assistant Professor

Umm Shaif Building, 4-115
Phone: +9712 607 5137
Fax: +9712 607 5200

Dr. Ali M. AlSumaiti
Assistant Professor

Ruwais Building, Room 3109
Phone: +971 2 607 5703
Fax: +971 2 607 57200

Dr. Jing Lu
Assistant Professor

Arzanah Building, Room 8-349
Office: +971 2 607 5145
Fax: +971 2 607 5363

Dr. Waleed S. AlAmeri
Director of Freshman Year Experience & Assistant Professor                      

Arzanah Building, Room 8331
Office: +971 2 607 5798
Fax: +971 2 607 5200