Education and Accreditation Committee

Deliverables and Expectations

Participate in strategic discussion related to accreditation issues. Members are highly encourage to participate in ABET Evaluator training and become active in university campus accreditation visits. SPE currently covers domestic travel expenses. ABET pays for international visit expenses.

Qualifications and Experience

  • All education nominees for membership to the SPE Education and Accreditation Committee should be petroleum engineering educators holding full-time faculty positions at an accredited engineering school offering an accredited petroleum engineering or natural gas program.
  • All industry nominees for membership on the SPE Education and Accreditation Committee should possess a minimum of a BS degree in engineering and, preferably, in petroleum engineering. The nominee should be thoroughly familiar with current curricula and objectives of petroleum engineering education.

Expected Time Commitment

The committee physically meets twice per year (SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and another designated location). Meetings are currently conducted with a joint meeting with the Association of Department Heads of US Petroleum Engineering Departments. Other assignments may take up to 5 hours per year.

About the committee

The committee focuses on accreditation and curriculum issues. Additional responsibilities include

  • assess the curriculum of petroleum engineering and make recommendations so that it is consistent with the needs of the petroleum industry
  • advise the SPE Board Committee on Education and Professional Activities on matters pertaining to petroleum engineering education as it pertains to curricula and accreditation matters
  • study and report, with recommendations, to the Society and the Board Committee on Education and Professional Activities on all publications, recommendations, and studies by other related engineering groups that directly or indirectly affect petroleum engineering education.

By October each year, the committee submits a list of qualified Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) petroleum engineering program evaluators to the ABET for approval. Qualifications for program evaluators are defined by ABET. Additional qualifications may be specified by the committee; Engages in such other activities as the Chair deems appropriate in the development of petroleum engineering education; and Implements and monitors the policies and programs concerning the petroleum engineering faculty and works with other engineering and scientific organizations to address the issues of quality and supply of engineering faculty and students.

The committee is composed of 12 members, with 4 members appointed each year by the President-elect for 4-year terms.

  • A balance of 6 industry members is maintained in the committee composition, and each member must meet the requirements set forth below under Qualifications for Members of SPE Education and Accreditation Committee.
  • The chair-elect normally is appointed in odd-number years for a 1-year term by the President-Elect from those serving their second or third year on the committee.
  • The chair-elect becomes chair in even-numbered years. The immediate past Chair of the committee and the members of the Accreditation Review and Advisory Panel serve as ex-officio members of the committee.

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