July 15 - August 2, 2019
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course...

Cooperative effort is increasingly important in the petroleum industry as teams of geologists, geophysicists, engineers, and operations personnel work together to solve complex problems. 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.

Who should attend?

The SuperSchool is especially designed for new engineers with a non-petroleum engineering background, new geologists and geophysicists, operations personnel, and non-technical management personnel. Past attendees have come from companies such as: Anadarko, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Pioneer Natural Resources, Saudi Aramco, PVDSA, PEMEX, Schlumberger, Whiting, El Paso E&P Company, US Army and US DOE.

Teaching philosophy

Classes are taught with small groups, authentic problems, and timely feedback to provide a vibrant learning environment. This approach makes the SuperSchool more of a workshop than a lecture course. Problem solving with real world field cases are used, together with hands-on experiences in the state-of-the-art computer lab, two days of field trips, and oral presentations. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the school.

SuperSchool modules

Course work in the school is arranged into several modules: Reservoir Characterization, Field Development, and Production Engineering. Within the modules, topics such as geological concepts, exploration techniques, environmental issues, drilling, stimulation, and economics are covered in depth. The associated field trips provide practical exposure to the concepts learned in the classroom. A complete listing of the modules and topics is available. Learn more...

Faculty team

The faculty team is comprised of members of the Petroleum Engineering Department and the Geology Department at Colorado School of Mines.

Ramona Graves
Dean • College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering

Linda Battalora
Teaching Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Alfred Eustes III
Associate Professor • Petroleum Engineering

David Faulder
Adjunct Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Will Fleckenstein
Director of Strategic Relationships and Enterprises • College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering

Mark Miller
Teaching Associate Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Jennifer Miskimins
Associate Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Manika Prasad
Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Steve Sonnenberg
Professor • Geology

Azra Tutuncu
Professor • Petroleum Engineering

Luis Zerpa
Assistant Professor • Petroleum Engineering


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more...

More information about Golden and Mines is available.


Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further technical information

For more information about the course content, please contact: Petroleum Engineering Department
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.273.3740
E-mail: rgraves@mines.edu

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