Who Students, Interns, and Young Professionals with less than 5 years of work experience
When Thursday, July 12, 2018 07:30 - 16:00
Where ExxonMobil Campus 22777 Springwoods Village Pkwy, Spring, TX 77389



Every year the Society of Petroleum Engineers-Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals (YP) Group organizes the Roughneck Camp (RNC), a one-day conference focused on Energy Professionals in the Oil & Gas industry. 

RoughNeck Camp aims to provide a technical overview of the industry, as well as networking opportunities to an estimated 250 students, interns, and young professionals.

RNC 2018 is taking a collaborative approach this year by showcasing the many disciplines that play a role in bringing hydrocarbons from ground to market. The commercial lifecycle of petroleum will be covered by a host of influential industry leaders throughout the day, to highlight the many career paths available to the incoming professionals.

The conference aims to be extremely interactive with generous opportunities to interface with influential speakers during round table sessions and networking opportunities after the conference with professionals at various stages in their careers. The experience levels of the speakers are diversified to allow for ample perspectives on job roles, career mindsets. and aspirations.

We have three prestegious speakers and a senior panel session covering upstream, midstream, and downstream in the morning. Our afternoon session will kick off with a Young Professional panel session on career advice, then round table discussions with inspiring leaders in diverse job roles in an interactive career session. We will conclude around 16:00 hrs. at ExxonMobil and immediately proceed to the Social for networking over drinks and refreshments.

Highlights will include:

  • Learning about the career paths that interest you, and how you can excel in it
  • Gaining an insight into the commercial lifecycle of oil and gas, including the major disciplines that you can be a part of
  • Engaging with industry leaders in our interactive roundtable sessions
  • Complimentary photographer for professional headshots


The RNC Networking Social will be held at King's BierHaus, The Heights - all ages welcome, free food & refreshments. 1630-1900 hrs.




Tentative Conference Schedule


Time Event
7:00 AM to 7:30 AM Check-in and Formal Photography
7:30 AM to 8:15 AM Breakast + Networking
8:15 AM to 8:30 AM Opening Remarks from RNC Core Team
8:30 AM to 9:20 AM Keynote - Speaker 1
9:20 AM to 9:30 AM Break + Networking
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM Speaker 2
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM Break + Networking
10:30 AM to 10:55 AM Panel Session
10:55 AM to 11:05 AM Break + Networking
11:05 AM to 11:30 AM Speaker 3 - Tim Duncan
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Lunch + Networking
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Young Professional Panel
1:00 PM to 1:10 PM Break + Networking
1:10 PM to 3:30 PM Roundtable Session
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Concluding Remarks, Raffle, Direct to Social by 4:00 PM
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM RoughNeck Camp Social


Speakers Lineup

Tim Duncan Eric Zimmerman Jessica Keiser Buddy Clark
Geoff Roberts Rick Talley Todd Dragon Armand Paradis
Vinay Mahadevan Poojan John Christie McMillan Ilshat Kharisov Rakshita Agrawal



Contact RNC 2018 Co-Chairs

Kumar Pugazhenthi
  Kimberly Salinas