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Taexs A&M vs Oklahoma University for Petroleum Enigineering in Drilling Research

toycoming2utoycoming2u Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
edited April 2010 in Engineering Majors
Network Friends,

Does anyone has any idea which school between TAMU and OU would be a good choice for my master's in petroleum engineering focusing in drilling topic.

I love both places....knowing that TAMU has slightly higher in PETE ranking but lots stronger for ENG as a whole. OU is good in PETE and seems to has a good professor in drilling research topic. Also OU looks to be smaller school that may offer a better opportunity to receive deeper care from professor.

Any idea to help me finalize my choice.

BIG thanks...
Post edited by toycoming2u on

Replies to: Taexs A&M vs Oklahoma University for Petroleum Enigineering in Drilling Research

  • toycoming2utoycoming2u Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Sorry...I mean University of Oklahoma.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,447 Forum Champion
    OU isn't appreciably smaller, and size really isn't an issue in grad school anyway. You are going to get plenty of personal attention at any size of grad school because the whole idea is that you are working very closely with one or more professors in your work. It is a totally different concept than undergrad. Many professors treat you (nearly) as equals and it isn't uncommon to go out to eat with them from time to time. Just keep that in mind, because the "deeper care" issue is really only relevant for undergrad.

    As for the program, I can't really speak too much about PetE programs, but I can tell you that if the OU guy is doing exactly what you want to do, then there is no reason not to go work with him. In graduate school, the person who advises you is much more important than the school you go to. If this guy at OU is a renowned drilling research guy, then going there over TAMU would actually probably be the more "prestigious" thing to do.

    For instance, my advisor here is one of the more eminent figures in the world of boundary layer stability research, and as such, I turned down places like Michigan, GaTech, UIUC and Purdue to do my grad work at TAMU. I haven't looked back ever since! Go where the research you want to do is located. If TAMU has a guy who is more well known, go there. If OU has the more well known guy, go there.
  • BarflyBarfly Registered User Posts: 1,456 Senior Member
    toycoming2u, have you visited the campuses? OU is quite a bit smaller overall and has a smaller feel to it, and the campus is beautiful. OU also has some type of "virtual drilling rig", which is apparently the only one in the country on a college campus. Would that be important or helpful to you in your graduate work? TAMU may give you more exposure to the oil industry as it is so close to Houston. While A&M is a bigger school, I don't know if the PetE department is actually any bigger than at OU. Both are excellent choices.
  • toycoming2utoycoming2u Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Thks Barfly and boneh3ad.

    @boneh5ad: I agree with you. I really like your comment and it makes sense. I will try to touch more with my friend to dig out some information regarding research and facility beside what are shown on the web. I am sure will make the right choice just like you did...thanks again, bro.

    @Barfly: Unfortunately, I am an international study and still in my country not leaving till about a month prior to fall semester start. You are right..both schools are excellent.
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