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USC Catalogue 2015-2016 
USC Catalogue 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Petroleum Engineering – Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Return to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering  

Hedco Building 316
(213) 740-0322
FAX: (213) 740-0324
Email: chemspte@vsoe.usc.edu

Chair: Richard Roberts, PhD

Director: Iraj Ershaghi, PhD, PE


Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering and Chester F. Dolley Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Yannis C. Yortsos, PhD

Omar B. Milligan Chair in Petroleum Engineering: Iraj Ershaghi, PhD, PE

William M. Keck Professor of Energy Resources: Donald M. Paul, PhD

Associate Professors: Behnam Jafarpour, PhD; Kristian Jessen, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professors: Stephen Cheung, PhD; Robert Ehrlich, PhD; Donald G. Hill, PhD; Victor M. Ziegler, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Andrei Popa, PhD; Ehsan Tajer, PhD

Lecturers: Jincai, Chang, PhD; George Chilingar, PhD; Donald Gautier, PhD; Martin Karrenbach, PhD; Keith Millheim, PhD; Bradford Pierce, MS; Wenlong Xu, PhD; Ke-Thia Yao, PhD

Research Professors: Fred Aminzadeh, PhD; Dongxiao Zhang, PhD

Joint Appointments: Edward Crandall, PhD, MD (Medicine); P. Daniel Dapkus, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Stacey Finley, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Martin Gundersen, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Aiichiro Nakano, PhD (Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering); Grace Lu, PhD (Physics and Electrical Engineering); George Olah, PhD (Chemistry); Charles G. Sammis, PhD (Geological Sciences); Raymond Stevens, PhD (Biological Sciences and Chemistry); Armand R. Tanguay Jr., PhD (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering); Mark E. Thompson, PhD (Chemistry); Arieh Warshel, PhD (Chemistry); Chongwu Zhou, PhD (Electrical Engineering)

Emeritus Professors: Elmer L. Dougherty, PhD; Murray Gershenzon, PhD (Electrical Engineering); Florian Mansfeld, PhD; Ronald Salovey, PhD*; Peter Will, PhD (Astronautical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering)

Petroleum Engineering Honor Society: Pi Epsilon Tau

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Emphasis in Petroleum Engineering

See the listing under Chemical Engineering .

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Emphasis in Petroleum Engineering

See the listing under Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering .

Engineer in Petroleum Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer degree in petroleum engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. See general requirements  for graduate degrees.



Master’s Degree

University Certificate

Doctoral Degree


Petroleum Engineering