While preparing for a story covering the University of Oklahoma's 50th anniversary of their Petroleum Land Management/Energy Management Program, I've been discovering that landmen truly are jacks of all trades. T. H. Kaplyn, who was a charter American Association of Petroleum Landmen (AAPL) member, said landmen borrow from several professions in order to specialize in a distinctive field. "He needs to be part lawyer, geologist, engineer, scout, psychiatrist, salesman, horse trader and diplomat," wrote Kaplyn, "and there is no particular academic curriculum designed to fit his needs." (Source: "The Birth and Growth of The University of Oklahoma's Historic Petroleum Land Management and Energy Management Program"). In an effort to meet the academic needs of a landman, OU formed the Petroleum Land Management Program in 1958. Since that time, the program has evolved into the OU Energy Management Program, including an ever-widening education for not only landmen, but also energy financiers, A&D professionals and more. You can read more about the OU Energy Management Program in the upcoming December issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.
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