Energy and Petroleum Engineering

Francis College of Engineering

Energy and Petroleum Engineering at UMass Lowell


Energy engineering is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses a wide range of applications such as nuclear, solar, wind, fuels, and biofuels. In addition to renewable energy production, a large emphasis is placed on power engineering, the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electrical energy.

UMass Lowell offers several programs of study in Energy Engineering, including M.S.E., Ph.D., and D.Eng. degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor. 

Petroleum engineering is the study and discipline of hydrocarbon production, and arises from the marriage of conventional engineering with the principles of geology, providing solutions to complex challenges within the realm of petroleum extraction. 

As fuel prices, carbon emissions, climate change, and dependency on foreign energy sources become more prominent issues moving forward, petroleum engineering and energy engineering will remain important to the stability of market economies and global environmental health. 

Faculty: The courses encompassing the study of Energy Engineering are taught by professors from several disciplines within the Francis College of Engineering, including those in the Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical engineering departments.