The Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering (PMRE) is the first university level program in Bangladesh to address the growing needs and challenges in the petroleum and minerals sector of the country. Presently it offers only post graduate degrees. The department was established under BUET- University of Alberta institutional linkage project, with the financial assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The formation of the department was approved by the Academic Council of BUET on November 5, 1990. The department was established in the year 1992, and the academic programs began in 1995.
Petroleum engineering has been the department’s priority to support the growing natural gas industry in Bangladesh. The department has programs for minerals and mining engineering in case of future needs. The capabilities of the PMRE are comparable to those of any other leading petroleum engineering department in the world. The program is continuously being enriched through various linkage programs with reputed universities and institutes. University of Alberta, University of Houston, University of Texas, The Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The Center for Energy Economics (CEE) at the University of Texas at Austin are among the past and present linkage partners.