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 2018 a success!

The Externship Program will not be offered in Summer 2019.

Production Data Analysis and Reserve Estimation

Summer 2018   This externship had students applying 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. A model based rate transient analysis methodology was performed to selected wells and used for production forecasting. The final stage of the externship included uncertainty quantification of estimated reserves. Externs worked on data sets provided by industry partners and interacted with these partners as they presented the reserve report. Instructor: Luis Zerpa

PE Distinguished Lecture Series

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


Fall 2018

September 9, 2018

Stefan Miska, University of Tulsa
Men Induced Earthquakes

October 5, 2018

Naveen Nair
Directional Drilling Approach: Bridging the Classroom Learning With Field Operations

October 19, 2018

Cheng Chen, Virginia Tech
Interaction Between Proppant Compaction and Single-/Multiphase Flows in a Hydraulic Fracture

November 2, 2018

Russell Johns
How to Fix the Old Concept of Relative Permeability

November 9, 2018

Ergün Kuru, University of Alberta
Assessment of Critical Conditions Required for Effective Hole Cleaning in Horizontal Wells

November 30, 2018

Francisco Alhanati, CFER
Artificial Lift Challenges in Unconventional Horizontal Wells

Spring 2019

January 18, 2019

Roel Sneider, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Professional Development Education, CSM

How to (Not) Give a Truly Terrible Talk


February 1, 2019

Christopher Thiry and Brianna Buljung, CSM, Arthur Lakes Library

Start Your Research Right: Conducting Literature Reviews and Organizing Your Research


February 15, 2019

Dr Rajan Chokshi, University of Houston

Real-Time Data Acquisition & Analysis for Enhanced Production


March 1, 2019

Shari Dunn-Norman, Missouri State University

Are there Health Effects from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development?


March 15, 2019

Andrzej Wojtanowicz, LSU

Well Integrity Loss due Gas Flow behind Casing – Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Remediation


April 5, 2019

Dr. Phaneendra Kondapi, Director of the Subsea Engineering program at the University of Houston



April 19, 2019

Soheil Saraji, University of Wyoming

Flow of Complex Fluids in Porous Media: Implications for Enhanced Oil Recovery


April 26, 2019

Mark Knackstedt, Australian National University (Xialong)


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 2019

PE Short Courses

We are pleased to offer continuing education short courses to industry personnel. Some of the offered courses include the following:

  • Petroleum Data Analytics: Big Data, Automation, Advanced Analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things meets Oil and Gas with instructors Jim Crompton and Elio Dean, CSM.
    • This course will take a detailed look at the opportunities, challenges and specific requirements for petroleum data analytics for the energy industry.
    • Please contact Kayla Boster if you are interested in having this course at your facility.

Check with Mines’ department of Continuing and Professional Education Services for details on these and other courses.

Chevron Short Course Series
The Chevron Short Course Series provides intensive one- or two-day courses taught by industry professionals in software or skills that will be beneficial to seniors about to enter the workforce. Previous short course topics have included Sucker Rod Pumping Fundamentals, Decline Curve Analysis, Big Data Analytics, Aries, Fracture Design and Introduction to Numerical Simulation. Please see a listing below of the sessions offered in AY 2018-2019 To sign up or find out more information, please contact Rachel McDonald at rmcdonald@mines.edu
Trouble Free Drilling

Oct. 19-20, 2018

Trouble Free Drilling Function:  Drilling Engineering

  • Dealing with down hole problems
  • Wellbore stability
  • Freeing procedures and tripping practices
  •  Presented by Mr. John Mitchell
Production Technologies and Applications

November 2, 2018

Production Technologies and Applications Function: Production

  • Production Operations
  • Air
  • Oil & Gas Safety
  • Competency Assurance
  • Wellbore Integrity
  • Completions in the DJ

Presented by Noble Energy at their Greeley training facility (transportation will be provided)

Microseismic Fundamentals and Applications

April 12, 2019

Microseismic Fundamentals and Applications,

  • Details TBA
  • Presented by Dr. Jon McKenna, Microseismic Inc.
Reservoir Engineering

Spring 2019, date TBA

Reservoir Engineering Function: Reservoir Engineering

  • Details TBA
  • Presented by Great Western
Petrophysics Reservoir Characterization

Spring 2019, date TBD

Petrophysics Reservoir Characterization Function: Petrophysics

  • Details TBA