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2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Engineering

Forrest Flocker, Ph.D.
Interim Dean College of Engineering
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Flocker received his doctorate in engineering mechanics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has several years of experience teaching a wide variety of engineering courses. Prior to teaching, he worked as a production and maintenance engineer for the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Support Command in St. Louis, Missouri, and as a consultant for the offshore oil industry in Houston, Texas. His areas of expertise are solid mechanics and machine design with current research interests in high-speed cam dynamics and optimization of engineering systems. He is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Colorado, Indiana, and Missouri.


Administered by the College of Engineering, the engineering programs, through its curricula, strive to educate and train engineers who have the desire to learn and the breadth of vision to formulate and solve the problems of today and tomorrow.  Students who successfully complete one of the engineering programs will be technically prepared and broadly educated, ready to make a significant contribution to society.

To a great extent, our current standard of living and high level of technology are due to the diligent and innovative efforts of engineers.  Future engineering accomplishments will increase energy and food supplies, develop more contamination-free power plants, aid in medical science’s fight against disease, and dramatically expand our computational and design skills. While scientists “explore what is,” engineers “create what never has been.”

Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineer may design a component, a machine, a system or a process.  Mechanical engineers analyze their design using the principles of physics to insure the product functions safely, efficiently, reliably, and can be manufactured at a competitive cost.  Mechanical engineers work in automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, paper, and power generation industries. Mechanical engineers are found in virtually any manufacturing industry.

Petroleum Engineering


Abdallah S. Harouaka, PhD, PE.
Professor and Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Harouaka is the coordinator and faculty member of the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. Dr. Harouaka received his doctorate degree in Petroleum and natural gas engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He has over thirty years of experience in academia and industry, certified Petroleum Engineer in California since 1984 and member of SPE since 1982. Dr. Harouaka’s main areas of expertise include reservoir engineering/simulation, improved oil recovery, production engineering, petroleum related rock mechanics, reservoir characterization, formation damage and project management. Wide experience with hydrocarbon fields in Africa, the Middle East and the US. He is trilingual: English, French and Arabic and his research interests are in the areas of reservoir and production engineering with numerous publications in national and international journals.


Administered by the College of Engineering, petroleum engineering is a broad-based discipline primarily concerned with the development, exploration, conservation and transportation of oil and gas resources. Petroleum engineers plan and supervise drilling and well-completion programs, design and select drilling and production equipment, estimate reserves and manage oil and gas properties. A petroleum engineering graduate may obtain a responsible position with an oil company, establish a consulting business, or become an independent oil producer. In general, a petroleum and natural gas engineer may find employment with any industry as well as state or federal institutions which require a specialist in activities related to producing and injecting fluids by means of well bores.