Education and Accreditation Committee

About the Committee

SPE is a member society of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Training (ABET). Members of the committee represent the society in ABET matters. The committee assesses the curriculum of petroleum engineering university departments and makes recommendations to ensure curriculum is consistent with the needs of the petroleum engineering industry. The committee assists ABET in recruiting, training, and assigning petroleum engineering program evaluators for university accreditation visits.

The committee comprises 12 members, with a balance of six industry professionals and six academicians. The chair position is rotated between academia and industry each year.

Qualifications and Experience

  • All education members on the 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 members on the committee should possess a minimum of a BS degree in engineering, preferably in petroleum engineering, and should be thoroughly familiar with current curricula and objectives of petroleum engineering education

Expected Time Commitment

  • The committee physically meets twice per year (ATCE and another designated location)
  • Other assignments may take up to five hours per year

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Participate in strategic discussions related to accreditation issues
  • Assess the curriculum of petroleum engineering and make recommendations so that it is consistent with the needs of the petroleum industry
  • Study and report, with recommendations, to the society and the Board on all publications, recommendations, and studies by ABET, ASEE, or any other related engineering groups that directly or indirectly affect petroleum engineering education, including interfacing with NCEES on the FE Exam
  • Members are highly encouraged 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

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