Petroleum Technology Initiative Overview

Partnering Technology Education with the Energy Industry

The Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI) is an energy industry workforce development venture that complements current UH programs for students and assists experienced employees and project teams in companies.

Established in 2007 by Jack Christiansen, the PTI’s mission is to equip students and experienced professionals with knowledge and skills needed to find a solution for challenges facing Energy Industry, enhance their technical and professional competence and ability to create more value to the Companies.

Modern energy industry needs informed professionals, who besides earning diploma can understand different areas of the value chain and deliverables in each segment, current technological trends and business objectives, as well as demonstrate ability to keep in touch with peers and everything that is new in their professional field. We help students to start building their professional expertise while in school.

We strive to grow collaboration with Industry Advisory Board, companies, professional organizations, academia and industry Subject Matter Experts to develop new courses and educational programs for UH students, as well as for industry experienced professionals. PTI is using existing and creating new opportunities for knowledge transfer thru teaching and/or mentoring students and professionals, conducting projects and providing in-house training opportunities to get hands-on experience allowing students to broaden their technical interests and get closer involved with the companies.

 “With the tools provided by Christian­sen’s Petroleum Technology Initia­tive, students and active professionals can gain valuable work-related expertise, which could immediately set them apart from the global field of oil and gas job seekers.” - says World Oil, June 2013 in “University of Houston program aims to prepare graduates for real world work” article.

The UH Petroleum Technology Initiative and College of Technology would like to thank all companies and organizations for partnership, and their support in sponsoring our programs and projects for the UH students.

Galina Sheridan
Deputy Director of Petroleum Technology Initiative