Technology for Exploration and Exploitation of Oil and Gas

We at COPPE are firmly engaged in training human resources and developing research aimed at enabling the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas. Since the signature of the first collaboration agreement between Petrobras and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1977, we have operated in several areas of interest to the O&G sector, especially offshore activities.

In recent decades, the discovery of deep-water oil and gas reserves has intensified the collaboration between COPPE and Petrobras in new engineering disciplines associated with oil and gas production. The following are the three main ways with which the results of these research and development activities have been transferred to society: (1) Training human resources; (2) Producing and publishing scientific work (including the organization of international congresses, including two editions of the OMAE – Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering conference, in 2001 and 2012); and (3) Carrying out consultancy, research, and development projects. In 2024 we celebrate the 21-year anniversary of the installation of the largest ocean tank in the world, designed and built by COPPE.

In this context, our master’s and doctoral courses in the interdisciplinary area of Oil and Gas aim to contribute to the training of human resources for this vital industry, especially as it has been experiencing a increasingly pronounced development in recent years with the production of oil from the Pre-Salt layer.

These courses also offer a broad and up-to-date scientific view on the fundamentals and methods in technological development for consciously exploring and producing oil and gas. They address different lines of research (as indicated in the Table below), integrating professors and researchers from many Programs and Laboratories at COPPE, while also being associated with the Human Resources Program of the Brazilian Agency for Petroleum (PRH/ANP).

Lines of Research

Lines of ResearchParticipating programs
Subsea EngineeringMarine Engineering
Civil Engineering
Offshore Systems and StructuresCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Geoacoustics, Seismic Wave Propagation, and Ocean AcousticsCivil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Structural Integrity in the Oil and Gas IndustryMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Civil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Materials for the Oil and Gas IndustryMetallurgical and Materials Engineering
Civil Engineering
Marine Engineering
Dynamic Positioning, Subsea Robotics, Control and Automation SystemsElectrical Engineering
Marine Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Radar Remote SensingCivil Engineering
Petroleum Industry-Oriented Computational SystemsCivil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Offshore Floating SystemsMarine Engineering
Civil Engineering
Petroleum SystemsCivil Engineering

Participating programs

Participating programsFields of StudyRepresentatives
Civil Engineering (PEC)Oil and GasProf. Breno Pinheiro Jacob
Marine Engineering (PENO)Naval EngineeringProf. Murilo Augusto Vaz
Electrical Engineering (PEE)Control, Automation, and RoboticsProf. Liu Hsu
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (PEMM)Physical Metallurgy and Mechanical Properties, Welding and Non-Destructive Testing, Corrosion, Advanced Ceramics, Thin Films and SurfacesProf. Célio Albano da Costa Neto
Mechanical EngineeringDesign, Manufacturing, and Robotics; Solid Mechanics and Materials IntegrityProf. Lavinia Maria Sanábio Alves Borges

Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Area for Oil and Gas: Prof. Breno Pinheiro Jacob – Civil Engineering Program (

Vice Coordinator: Prof. Murilo Augusto Vaz – Marine Engineering Program (

Candidate Profile

Candidates must have a degree in exact sciences (engineering or a related field).