I’m a pre-engineering major, hopefully going into petroleum engineering, and I was drawn to it because of my upbringing (mostly money, though). My dad and grandfather were both engineers in west Texas, so it felt like the right move. Potential research topics would have to be the effectiveness of offshore drilling, controversy of drilling in Alaska, and foreign oil. Each of these potential topics have been pretty hot-button topics in recent years, and I would probably research them regardless of if there was a literature review.