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Louisiana State University holds a prominent position in American higher education and is considered one of the world's finest teaching and research institutions. In 1978, LSU was named a sea-grant college, one of only 25 universities in the country recognized as both a land-and sea-grant institution. In 1987, LSU was designated a Research University I, which puts it in the top 2 percent of the nation's colleges and universities. Only 88 universities, 59 public and 29 private, have this designation. Today, more than 5,000 graduate students from around the world are enrolled in masters and doctoral programs at LSU.

Since its inception in 1929, the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering has set the standard by which petroleum engineers are judged. LSU has a reputation for turning out engineers who are innovative yet practical.

The department enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence. The industry standard textbooks for Reservoir Engineering, Drilling Engineering and Well-Log Analysis have all been authored by departmental faculty. Among the most acclaimed books are:

1. "Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering" by Craft and Hawkins

2. "Well Design-Drilling and Production" by Craft, Holden, and Graves

3. "Applied Drilling Engineering " by Adam T. Bourgoyne, et al

4. "Theory, Measurement and Interpretation of Well Logs" by Zaki Bassiouni

The department is home to the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTT Lab). This lab houses six wells and associated surface facilities on which you can gain hands on experience. Used for instruction, training, and research, the PERTT Lab is unique to all such facilities in the United States.

Through the past decade, the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering has maintained active research programs. In addition to basic research on fluid flow in porous media, the department research covers a wide range of research problems associated with drilling and production of oil and gas. The total research funding awarded to the department during the last two years exceeded $3 million.


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