Supply & Demand: U Of North Dakota Department Responds To Oil Boom

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UND is stepping on the gas to meet the needs of North Dakota’s oil boom.

The new Department of Petroleum Engineering at UND has enrolled 40 students in its bachelor’s degree program, and Steve Benson, program director, expects the number will climb to 50 or more by fall.

“People from all over the U.S. have expressed interest,” he said. “Students are calling me all the time.”

Many are North Dakotans who want to stay in state after graduation.

“Some of them are working in the field,” he said. “Some may have a technician degree from a two-year program or have four-year degrees in other engineering fields, but want to earn a degree that’s more specific to what they’re doing.”

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