World-class education since 1955

DPE’s roots go back to 1955, establishing the first chair ‘Drilling and Oil Production’ followed by ‘Reservoir Physics and Technology’ in 1976. Completing the hydrocarbon trio, ‘Drilling and Completion Engineering’ was added in 2001.

Strength lies in union: Since January 2015, the three chairs of ‘ Drilling and Completion Engineering’, ‘Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Recovery’ and ‘Reservoir Engineering’ are consolidated in the Department Petroleum Engineering (DPE). In June 2016, the new DPE center was opened. These two milestones are key for sharing resources and combining the collective technical and administrative expertise.

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2010
2015

2001

2001

Depart-
ment PE

2006

Department Mineral
Resources and PE

2015

Department Petroleum
Engineering

2001

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.h.c.

Zoltán
Heinemann

2006

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Peter
Moser

2010

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Helmut
Flachberger

2015

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Gerhard
Thonhauser

1955

Lehrstuhl für Tiefbohrtechnik
und Erdölgewinnung

2000

Lehrstuhl Production
Engineering

2012

Chair of Petroleum and
Geothermal Energy Recovery

1955

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.h.c.

Gottfried
Prikel

1961

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing.

Manfred
Lorbach

1988

O.Univ.Prof.
B.S. M.S. PhD

Michael J.
Economides

1993

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dr.mont. B.S. M.S.

Keith K.
Millheim

1998

Univ.-Prof.
Bergrat h.c. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Gerhard
Ruthammer

2007

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Herbert
Hofstätter

1976

1976

Lehrstuhl für Lagerstätten-
physik und -technik

2012

Chair of Reservoir
Engineering

1977

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.h.c.

Zoltán
Heinemann

2006

Univ.-Prof.
DI Dr.mont.

Leonh.
Ganzer

2009

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Geol. PhD

Stephan
Matthäi

2016

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Phys. Dr.rer.nat.

Holger
Ott

2001

2001

Lehrstuhl für Tiefbohrtechnik und
Produktionssondenkomplettierung

2015

Chair of Drilling and
Completion Engineering

2003

Univ.-Prof.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Gerhard
Thonhauser

1964

1964

Lehrstuhl für Angewandte
Geophysik und Erdölgeologie

2001

Merged with Department Angewandte
Geowissenschaften und Geophysik

1964

O.Univ.-Prof.
Dr.phil. Dr.h.c.

Franz
Weber