Roughneck Camp is a one-day summit that empowers young professionals, interns, and students with the knowledge to choose and plan appropriate career paths as they become valuable contributing members to their companies. In its 17th year, Roughneck Camp will continue to provide a brief technical overview of the industry and networking opportunities to an estimated 300 young professionals, interns, and students.



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                         RNC 2019 Highlights

Pumpjacks,Projects,Pipeline- Understanding the Big Picture of Energy

RNC 2019 attracted over 350 Energy professionals from different industries and schools across the country. Senior industry professionals and high-achieving young professionals shared their advice and stories with attendees on why they chose their careers, what inspires them and how they were able to navigate the career transitions. With a healthy mix of interactive lectures and breakout sessions, they were able to network and understand the bigger picture of oil and gas through the lens of pumpjacks, pipelines and projects. RNC 2019 concluded with a happy hour at Saint Arnolds Brewery.   


RNC 2018 Highlights


From Planning to Profit: an Expose in Agile Energy Careers




“Fantastic job on organizing the Roughneck Camp! I really enjoyed meeting so many great young minds—makes me feel good about our future.”

Anders Johnson, V.P. Storage Kinder Morgan.


The Roughneck Camp, From Planning to Profit: an Expose in Agile Energy Careers, held at ExxonMobil on July 12th, was a smashing success. Over 300 attendees poured into the large and beautiful auditorium to learn about the disciplines that contribute to bringing hydrocarbons from ground to market. Thirty speakers ranging from extraction to exports educated and interacted with the audience, discussing topics such as entrepreneurship, the three main sectors—Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream, as well as energy law, business development, geology, and many more. Our agenda included three executive, individual speakers in the morning (VP’s and a CEO) from Oil and Gas Operators (Exxon, Shell, and Talos Energy); a senior panel that covered the three main sectors with individuals whose backgrounds spanned geology, HSE, and consulting; an afternoon yp panel with four aspiring professionals; and finally our interactive roundtable sessions with 20  influential leaders discussing how their disciplines contribute along the chain. The audience was so enamored by our speakers, we were asked to organize a subsequent event, which will be handled by our Professional Events committee. Several speakers later contacted SPE-YP thanking them for the tremendous and fun opportunity and requested to be considered in the future.


“Kudos to your inclusion of so many women as speakers at the Roughneck Camp!”

Gretchen Gillis, Geological Consultant, Aramco Services.


We concluded the day with a Social in the Heights. Approximately 165 people, both speakers and attendees, enjoyed beverages and finger foods while networking and discussing what they learned from the event.

This amazing day could not have been made possible without the generous contributions from ExxonMobil, NCS Multistage, Baker Hughes a General Electric Company, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, Stepan Oilfield Solutions, EOG Resources, Shell, Newpark Drilling Fluids, and Scientific Drilling. With attendance and sponsorship, RNC raised $22,000 for the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund.


RNC 2017 Highlights


Innovative Solutions in the Evolving Energy Industry


 340 attendees, 8 female speakers, 8 male speaker, 20 volunteers. 

The theme of is Innovative Solutions in the Evolving Energy Industry. Our keynote speaker is R.A. Walker, CEO, and Chairman of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. RNC 2017 gave you a first-hand perspective on what it is like to work at an operator or service company. We had five influential women in oil and gas on a panel discussion covering drilling, completions, production, reservoir, information technology and service quality in Oil & Gas companies. Our second session was a roundtable discussion with successful individuals in an interactive career session. People enjoyed networking and interacting with our speakers. Finally, we concluded with a 2030 energy outlook – the future of our industry.


RNC 2016 Highlights


Riding the Energy Roller Coaster

The theme for this year's conference id Riding the Energy Roller-Coaster: Challenges and Opportunities for YPs in a Cyclic Oil & Gas Industry. Energy industry leaders spoke on various elements of energy value chain, topics varying from exploration, development, energy investment, energy trading to petroleum products. They discussed value-adding strategies during downturns and how they survived and thrived in the industry.





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