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LSU has a long tradition in petroleum engineering. We started as a geology option in 1922-23 and evolved into an accredited department by 1939. In 1998, the department was named the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering in recognition of the two pioneering faculty that built the program. Through the years, LSU has been synonymous with an outstanding undergraduate education that prepares engineers to practice in industry. Today, that mission continues but is only part of the story. Our faculty performs research in areas ranging from microscopic fluid mechanics to large-scale well integrity problems. Our one-of-a-kind PERTT Lab is a world class facility for training, testing, and research related to blowout prevention and other well control issues. And, our alums are industry leaders throughout the world.


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