The Externship Program is a way for the Petroleum Engineering Department to give valuable experience to students unable to secure industry internships.  The five week program offers students the chance to work with industry-provided data-sets, train on software, make field visits and gain additional experience in other areas.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make Externship Summer 2017 a success

Summer 2018 Registration Coming Soon!

Hydraulic Fracture Design in Unconventional Reservoirs

Summer 2017



Students focused on designing hydraulic fracturing treatments in unconventional reservoir systems, specifically shale reservoirs. Commercial software packages were used including GOHFER for fracture treatment design and Predict-K for conductivity measurements and analytical reservoir simulation.

Instructor: Jennifer Miskimins & Mansur Ermila

Production Data Analysis and Reserve Estimation

Summer 2017



Students applied diverse methodologies for the analysis of production data for the estimation of reserves in unconventional petroleum reservoirs. The estimation of reserves were performed applying conventional and alternative decline curve analysis models using a model based rate transient analysis methodology to selected wells.

Instructor: Luis Zerpa

Reservoir and Production Data Analytics

Summer 2017



Students reviewed key production indicators for reservoir surveillance of large data sets, analyzed data quality and prepared data for engineering evaluation. Students built analytic, descriptive and predictive models that linked production equipment to reservoir performance and learned how to assess and validate models with field data.

Instructor: Elio Dean & Rosmer Brito

PE Distinguished Lecture Series

If you are interested in joining the PE Distinguished Lecture Series, please contact Jorge Sampaio for more information.



Fall 2017

September 8, 2017

Amos Nur, Stanford University
Challenging Problems at the Intersection of Ricj Physics, Rock Mechanics and Tectonics

September 22, 2017

Yu-Shu Wu, Jorge Sampaio, Xiaolong Yin & Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
Lunch and Learn with Faculty Part 1

October 6, 2017

Reinald Michelena
Using Seismic Data to Constrain Natural Fracture Models for Flow Simulation

October 27, 2017

John Brantley, IBM
Using Artificial Intelligence at the Enercom

November 3, 2017

David Greaves, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Practical Facilities & Pipelines Troubleshooting: How to Think Smarter on Day one in the Oilfield

November 17, 2017

Rick Allen
Export Dependence: Why US Gas Producers are now Captive to Foreign Demand

Spring 2018

January 19, 2018

Will Fleckenstein, CSM
SPE Distinguished Lecture: Shale Development – Does Cheap Energy Really Mean Flaming Tap Water?

February 2, 2018

Anthony Kovscek, Stanford University
Imaging-Based Characterization of Gas Transport & Storage and CO2-Enhanced Recovery Effectiveness in Shale

February 16, 2018

Zoya Heidari, University of Texas at Austin
Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation of Unconventional Reservoirs

March 2, 2018

Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M University
Fast Marching Methods: A New Paradigm for Modeling Unconventional Reservoirs

March 16, 2018

Kamini Singha, CSM Professor, Associate Department Head, Geology and Geological Engineering
A Tale of Two Porosities: Exploring Why Contaminant Transport Doesn’t Always Behave the Way It Should

April 6, 2018

Tzahi Cathi, CSM Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, AQWATEC Director, Chair, Mines’ Research Council

April 20, 2018

Seminar Series academic year closing social and recap.

Super School

The Petroleum SuperSchool is an intensive, immersive, three-week program designed to provide the technical fundamentals needed for effective teamwork across the breadth of activities in the upstream petroleum industry.

Please visit the SuperSchool website for more information on Summer 2018

PE Short Courses

We are pleased to offer continuing education short courses to industry personnel.

  • Petroleum Data Analytics: Big Data, Automation, Advanced Analytics and the Industrial internet of Tings Meets Oil and Gas
    • Taught by Jim Crompton (Director of SPE Digital Technology Section) and Elio Dean (Asst. Professor, CSM)
    • May 8-9, 2018 in Golden, CO
    • Please go to the course website for full details and registration information.

Please contact Kayla Boster if you are interested in having a course at your facility.

Chevron Short Course Series

The Chevron Short Course Series was established by a generous contribution from Chevron to improve the job prospects of our graduating seniors. These courses are generally 1-2 days in length, starting on Fridays. At the moment they are only available for PE Seniors.

Please see a listing below of the sessions offered in AY 2017-2018.

To sign up or find out more information, please contact Rachel McDonald at rmcdonald@mines.edu

GOHFER 3D Hydraulic Fracture Simulator Introduction

September 29-30, 2017


Presented by Dr. Bob Barree, Barree & Associates

Function: Integrating petroleum reservoir and completion engineering with geology, geophysics and drilling

Trouble Free Drilling
October 20-21, 2017






Presented by Mr. John Mitchell

Function: Drilling Engineering

Decline Curve Analysis
November 3, 2017






Presented by Value Navigator Representative

Function: Reservoir Engineering

Gas Lift
January 19, 2018






Presented by James Stanton

Function: Production

February 2, 2018






Presented by Blue River Analytics Representative

Function: Computer Application of Petroleum Engineering