SPE-Gulf Coast Section Presents

RoughNeck Camp 2016




Theme: Riding the Energy Roller-Coaster: Challenges and Opportunities for YPs in a Cyclic Oil & Gas Industry

Who: Students, Interns, and Young Professionals with less than 5 years of work experience

When: Thursday, 21st July 2016 8:30 a.m.

Where: Shell Woodcreek campus, 200 N Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77079



Roughneck Camp 2016


Roughneck Camp (RNC) is an annual one-day conference, hosted by SPE-GCS Young Professionals. In its tenth year, Roughneck Camp aims to provide a technical overview of the industry, as well as networking opportunities to an estimated 250 Young professionals. This year, RNC will be held on July 21st, at Shell Woodcreek Campus, and we expect 225-250 participants. Supporting the current market climate, this year’s theme is Riding the Energy Roller-Coaster: Challenges and Opportunities for YPs in a Cyclic Oil & Gas Industry. Bruce Culpepper, President of Shell Oil is the keynote speaker.


Thank you for your interest in attending RNC 2016. This event is full. 


Keynote Speaker



Bruce Culpepper

Shell U.S. Country Chair & President, Shell Oil Company


In this role, he is involved in engaging with public, private, media and non-governmental leaders on a wide range of energy policy issues. He is charged with establishing and advocating for innovative, industry-leading solutions for securing safe, stable and sustainable energy sources. Bruce is also accountable for coordinating and aligning the various U.S. businesses to ensure delivery of the country strategy.

He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. Shortly thereafter, he began his 30 plus year career with Shell at the Norco Manufacturing Complex in Louisiana. Since then, he has served in a number of Upstream and Downstream leadership positions of increasing responsibility and scope -- both internationally and in the United States.

Bruce has also led Regional Coordination for Shell in the Americas and currently oversees corporate reputation initiatives and social investment programs in the United States.

Bruce is an avid outdoorsman with a keen interest in land and water conservation. He is a board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. He also volunteers for a number of other organizations.


Conference Schedule:



Panel 1: Unconventional Opportunities for Young Professionals in Energy


Oil & Gas industry has always been cyclical; boom and busts are inevitable. During a downturn, interns and less experienced petroleum engineers face difficulties during job search. Luckily, there are several career choices other than those with super majors and major service companies; such as reserve auditing, energy investment banking, software, technical sales and so on. These opportunities will help employees gain experience and skills which can be transferred to the upstream sector when market picks up. During this panel session, four panelists will discuss existing opportunities outside operators and service companies. Attendees will have ample time to directly ask questions and get insights on job search, potential employers and qualifications.


Panel 2 : Operators VS Service Companies: Pros and Cons.


Most Petroleum Engineering students dream about working for a super major after graduation. The reality is, most graduates start their career with service companies. After gaining experience, some switch to an operator but many stay with service companies. Some of those who start with operators leave for service sector or work as independent consultants. This panel will explore different career paths and RNC attendees will have a chance to ask questions and learn more about how it is to work with operators and service companies.




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Contact RNC 2016 Co - Chairs:

Abe Abraham

Eagle Energy

Venkata AJ Gundepalli 

Member in Transition



RNC 2016 Coordinators: 

Johnny Soudah

GQ (Qiang Guo)

Rishikesh Narayan

Vivek Ghosh


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