Mission Statement

For over half of century, Louisiana has been among the top four states in the production of natural gas and crude oil. For most of this period, approximately half of the revenues of the state have been derived either directly or indirectly from the oil and gas industry. Thus, it has been important that the state's flagship university, Louisiana State University (LSU), maintain a strong nationally recognized department of petroleum engineering designed to provide undergraduate education of high quality to meet the current and future needs for engineers, managers and researchers associated with the petroleum producing industry; to serve as a regional center for graduate education, research, and technology transfer concerning the safe and efficient utilization of subsurface natural resources by processes involving well systems; and to provide continuing education programs designed to meet the training needs of professional engineers currently associated with the petroleum producing industry.