About The Petroleum Studies Unit (PSU)

The Petroleum Studies Unit offers one (1) BSc programme in Petroleum Geoscience and (3) MSc programmes in Petroleum Engineering, Reservoir Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering and Management.

 

Petroleum Geoscience

Petroleum Geoscience is concerned with understanding the structure of the earth to depths ranging sometimes above five miles for identification of potential areas of hydrocarbon deposits and to identify the hydrocarbon bearing zones, fault patterns and water ingress, in order to model them in sufficient detail so as to be able to design development programmes for economic exploitation. The Petroleum Geoscience degree programme majors in quantitative petroleum geology and geophysics courses, but also includes significant basic training in petrophysics and reservoir engineering. It is expected to attract science students fascinated with the earth and wishing to have a productive industrial career in their areas of interest.
 
The BSc programme in Petroleum Geoscience is accredited by the Geological Society of London for 6 years from February 2016 to February 2022. The programme was first accredited by The Geological Society in 2004, becoming the first overseas programme to receive accreditation by the society's world standard accreditation scheme (The Geological Society: Accredited degrees and Universities).
 

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The BSc Petroleum Geoscience is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) of London for partially meeting the requirements for CEng for 5 years from 2017 to 2021.

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For more information about our Petroleum Geoscience programme courses, click here.

 

Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering

Petroleum Engineering involves the application of earth and physical sciences to the evaluation and exploitation of natural hydrocarbon resources. The dominant problems of the petroleum engineer are those of flow and equilibrium in porous media, in vertical and horizontal well bores, in surface pipelines and in primary process equipment. The complexity of the hydrocarbon fluids, and the geological strata involved in flow in reservoirs and production systems raises problems requiring sophisticated numerical techniques for their solution. In the practical field, drilling and production engineering continually pose new engineering problems requiring engineered solutions. This is a conversion programme from other engineering and science-based degree foundations into the specialities of petroleum engineering. It is intended to provide the necessary background for employment in the oil and gas industry, or springboard for a research degree, as well as serving as a refresher for those already working in industry.
 
Reservoir Engineering is a sub-set of Petroleum Engineering where understanding of the reservoir is studied in more detail in order to economically optimise the exploration of the reservoir.
 
The MSc Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) of London for further learning for CEng for 5 years from 2017 to 2021.
 
The MSc Reservoir Engineering is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) of London for further learning for CEng for 5 years from 2017 to 2021.

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Petroleum Engineering and Management

The Petroleum Studies Unit re-introduced the MSc in Petroleum Engineering and Management in Semester 1 of 2017/2018 academic year. It provides the option to study the management and commercial aspect of the petroleum industry. Decision-making, contractual negotiations and arrangements, financial implications and manpower management must be well understood and executed at various stages of the petroleum sector. The re-introduction of this programme is a response to the current needs of the oil and gas industry that is entering a new phase of development, needing more qualified persons who are trained in the management aspect of the sector. The MSc will also provide the necessary springboard for a research degree in Petroleum Engineering, as well as serve as a refresher for those already working in industry and who wish to have a more defined knowledge of the management aspect.
 
For more information about our Petroleum and Reservoir Engineering programmes, click here.

 

STAFF

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME COORDINATORS

Dr. Ryan Ramsook
 

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Dr. Ryan Ramsook is the Coordinator for the Petroleum Geoscience Programme. He is also an upstream consultant with significant international and local upstream industry experience. His previous roles included, Subsurface Manager Trinity Exploration and Production Limited, Lead Geologist-Sagres Energy Inc. and senior consultant Geoscientist at Optimal Geoscience and Engineering Solutions Limited. Dr. Ryan Ramsook is also an Executive Director at Ibis Energy, Calgary Canada for the past 3 years. He received his BSc (Hons, Earth Sciences), PhD (Geology) and Postdoctoral Studies (Sedimentary Basin Analysis) from The University of the West Indies, Mona. His research focus is centred around oil and gas mature field development and exploration. Dr. Ryan Ramsook is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS) and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He also served as a director of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) for the period 2015-2017.

 

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME COORDINATORS

Professor Andrew Jupiter (Distinguished Fellow & Professor of Practice)
 

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Professor Andrew Jupiter is the Coordinator of the Petroleum Studies Unit and directly oversees the MSc Petroleum Engineering, and MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering and Management programmes at The University of the West Indies (UWI). Professor Andrew Jupiter received a BSc in Natural Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Engineering from The UWI and also holds a Masters of Engineering Degree in Mineral Engineering Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He was the recipient of the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 2016 (Public Service). He was appointed as Distinguished Fellow in 2013 and Professor of Practice by The UWI. He is the holder of the Methanol Holdings Trinidad Limited (MHTL) Dennis Patrick Chair in Petroleum Engineering. Professor Andrew Jupiter was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries Trinidad and Tobago from 1998 to 2004. He was also President of National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NEC) from 2009 to 2012. Professor Andrew Jupiter has held the position of Director on various State Boards. He was one of fifty (50) public servants to be honoured at the Outstanding Public Service Awards Ceremony and Gala by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the country’s golden 50th year anniversary of independence. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Professor Andrew Jupiter is married to Dr Clarise McMillan-Jupiter.

 

Professor Raffie Hosein (Professor of Petroleum Engineering)
 

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Professor Raffie Hosein is the Coordinator of the MSc Reservoir Engineering Programme. He received his BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from The UWI, Trinidad and Tobago.  He was previously a Petroleum Engineer with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries in Trinidad from 2000 and Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University at Doha, Qatar from 2006 to 2009. He was a Consultant for Schlumberger, NExT and presently a Consultant for PetroKnowledge in Abu Dhabi. Professor Raffie Hosein is a registered CEng MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer with the Energy Institute (EI) of London, UK, a Fellow with the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), UK and a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI). In 2018 he received the Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty - Latin America and Caribbean Region from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

 

PROFESSORS EMERITI
 

Dawe, Richard
Credentials: BA, MA, DPhil (Oxford), Eur Eng, CEng, CSc, CGeol, FEI, CChem, FRSC, FGS.
Focus Areas: Reservoir Engineering, Hydrocarbon Thermodynamics, Improved Oil Recovery
Email: richard.dawe@sta.uwi.edu

 

Wilson, Brent J.
Credentials: BSc, MSc, PhD (Wales), FGS.
Focus Areas: Palaeontology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
Email: jeremy.wilson@sta.uwi.edu

 

PROFESSORS
 

Jupiter, Andrew
Credentials: BSc (UWI), MSc (Penn State University), FEI, MSPEI, FIMMM, Distinguished Fellow, Professor of Practice in Petroleum Studies, MHTL Dennis Patrick Chair in Petroleum Engineering
Focus Areas: Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Taxation and Contractual Arrangement
Location: Block 13, 2nd Floor, Chemical Engineering Office
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83076
Email: andrew.jupiter@sta.uwi.edu

 

Hosein, Raffie
Credentials: BSc, MPhil, and PhD Petroleum (UWI). CEng MEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer, FIMMM, MSPEI. Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Focus Areas: Petroleum & Reservoir Engineering
Location: Block 13, 2nd Floor, Chemical Engineering Office
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 82169/82196
​Email: raffie.hosein@sta.uwi.edu

 

 

SENIOR LECTURERS
 

Hassanali, Hamid
Credentials: BSc and MSc Petroleum Engineering (UWI)
Focus Areas: Drilling & Completions, Production Engineering
Location: Block 13, 1st Floor, Petroleum Studies Unit Office
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83078
​Email: hamid.hassanali@sta.uwi.edu

 

Ramsook, Ryan
Credentials: BSc Earthsciences (UWI), MPhil Geology (UWI), PhD Geology (Mona, UWI), FGS.
Focus Areas: Advanced Petroleum Geology, Sedimentology
Location: Block 7, 1st Floor, Petroleum Geoscience
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83496
​Email: ryan.ramsook@sta.uwi.edu

 

LECTURERS
 

Baboolal, Anastasia
Credentials: BSc Major Physics, Minor Environmental Physics and Material Science (UWI), MPhil Physics/Petrology (UWI), PhD Petroleum Geoscience (UWI)
Focus Areas: Petrology, Geochemistry
Location: Block 7, 1st Floor, Petroleum Geoscience
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83676
Email: anastasia.baboolal@sta.uwi.edu

 

Blake, Oshaine
Credentials: BSc (UWI), PhD (University of Liverpool)
Focus Areas: Petroleum Geophysics, Rock Mechanics
Location: Block 7, 1st Floor, Petroleum Geoscience
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 84431
Email: oshaine.blake@sta.uwi.edu

 

Sobers, Lorraine
Credentials: BSc and MSc (Texas Tech University), PhD Petroleum Engineering (Imperial College)
Focus Areas: Carbon Storage, Enhanced Oil Recovery
Location: Block 13, 1st Floor, Petroleum Studies Unit Office
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83284
Email: lorraine.sobers@sta.uwi.edu

 

 

PART-TIME LECTURERS
 

Baptiste, Brian
Credentials: BSc (UWI, Mona), PGDip. Management Studies, MSc Petroleum Engineering (UWI)
Focus Areas: Petroleum Development Geology

 

Bradshaw-Niles, Penelope
Credentials: BSc Chemical Engineering (UWI), MBA Petroleum Management (University of Kansas), PS of Ministry of Energy & Energy Industries
Focus Areas: Strategic Petroleum Planning and Management

 

Charles, Donald Gregory
Credentials: BSc (Hons.) (UWI), MSc (NexT)
Focus Areas: Petrophysics, Formation Evaluation

 

Farfan, Philip
Credentials: BSc Geology (Edinburgh), MSc Petroleum Geology (Imperial College)
Focus Areas: Geological Mapping

 

Hosein, Natalie
Credentials: BSc (UWI), MSc (Leeds)
Focus Areas: Geophysics

 

Mathura, Rudra
Credentials: BSc (Surveying and Land Information), IHO (Class B Hydrographic Surveying)
Focus Areas: Geodetics

 

Moonan, Xavier
Credentials: BSc Geology (UWI, Mona), MSc Structural Geology and Geophysics (Leeds)
Focus Areas: Structural Geology

 

Ragbir, Samuel
Credentials: BSc (UWI), MSc Geophysics (Leeds)
Focus Areas: Computational Geophysics

 

Ramkissoon, Donna
Credentials: BSc and MSc (UWI)
Focus Areas: Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality

 

Russell, Allan
Credentials: BSc Mathematics (UWI), PGDip. and MSc Petroleum Engineering (UWI)
Focus Areas: Petroleum Engineering Management and Economics

 

Vincent, Hasley
Credentials: BSc (UWI, Mona), MSc (Imperial), PhD Sedimentology (Dalhousie)
Focus Areas: Sedimentology

 

INSTRUCTOR
 

Singh, Paul
Credentials: BSc and MSc (UWI), AMEI, MSPEI.
Focus Areas: Natural Gas Engineering, Advanced Well Test Analysis
Location: Block 13, 1st Floor, Petroleum Studies Unit Office
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83679
Email: paul.singh@sta.uwi.edu

 

 

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT
 

Osman, Ariana
Credentials: BSc Geology (University of Western Ontario), MSc Geology (University of Texas)
Focus Areas: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy
Location: Block 7, 1st Floor, Petroleum Geoscience
Phone: 868-662-2002 Ext. 83537
Email: ariana.osman@sta.uwi.edu

 

 

 

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