09/20/2012

Jacobs University Bremen

Becoming a petroleum expert in 18 months

Jacobs celebrates the successful graduation of the pioneering class in its Executive Master Program Basin and Petroleum System Dynamics. The six graduates from five nations work as Engineers and geochemists for renowned companies in the petroleum and gas industry. As part of their continued education and in addition to their day job they took part in an 18-month long part-time study program at Jacobs to become experts in the evaluation of geodata.

Dwindling oil reserves on the one hand, and the increasing demands of sustainability and environmental protection on the other hand pose great challenges for the oil and gas companies. For the exploration and utilization of fossil energy resources they need effective approaches.

With its Executive Master Program in Basin and Petroleum Dynamics Jacobs University is one of only two universities worldwide – Stanford being the other – to offer a study program that bridges the gap between theoretical geoscience and the latest technological developments within the oil and gas sector. At the same time the program also addresses the needs and tasks of the industry.

BPSD focuses on understanding and modeling the complex interaction of geoprocesses. Strategies of risk management and the evaluation of geodata with latest software are also part of the curriculum.

Students are able to interpret large quantities of geodata comprehensively, fast and responsibly, which is an important prerequisite to make sustainable and environmentally safe drilling decisions.

The six participants of the BPSD program were able to take time off from their day jobs to study at Jacobs. They work for world-leading companies Cairn Energy, PDVSA, Schlumberger, Saudi Aramco and TNO. They could already use their newly gained practical knowledge in their work and have since been promoted within their companies.

One of the students, Linda Montilla from Venezuela, has been working for the local oil company PDVSA in Puerto de La Cruz for 14 years. She sued to be the member of a small team evaluating and mapping oil reserves. Now the 37-year-old geochemist is working as project manager for the documentation of geological models in Venezuela’s Eastern basin. “What I learnt at Jacobs in geosciences in 18 months would have taken me years of working in a number of oil companies with different specializations. My company has very much valued that.”

Vikram Unnithan, professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University and Academic Director of the BPSD program is pleased with his pioneering class. “BPSD is a tailor-made study program. The course and the exchange with the students have been incredibly productive. I already look forward to teaching the next class starting in April next year.“

For further information, please contact:
Kristine Hermann| Coordination & Administration BPSD
E-Mail: bpsd@jacobs-university.de | Phone: +49 421 200 3487

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