Industry raids universities for oil engineering talent

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy office at the University of Houston, said professionals are no longer moving to college jobs.

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, said professionals are no longer moving to college jobs.

There is a growing shortage of professors to train the next generation of petroleum engineers.

“We’ve seen it’s very hard to compete with lucrative careers in the oil and gas industry,” Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a University of Houston petroleum engineering professor who leads the school’s energy initiatives, told FuelFix.com reporter Ryan Holeywell.

Historically, professionals have moved back and forth between jobs at the university and jobs in the industry.

“Now, you don’t see that anymore.” Krishnamoorti said. “We see it moving in one direction, more and more.”

In a story at HoustonChronicle.com, Holeywell looks at universities are up against and what they are trying to do about it.