Students, interns, and young professionals with less than 5 years of work experience


Thursday, July 12, 2018 07:30 - 16:00


ExxonMobil Campus 22777 Springwoods Village Pkwy, Spring, TX 77389


Please note that registration will close on the 10th Of July 2018.

Because of ExxonMobil secuirty requirements, under no circumstances will walk-ins will be allowed.


The organizers strongly encourage carpooling to the event




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 and 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, highlighting the many career paths available to incoming professionals.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interface with prominent executives as well as the ability to network after the conference with STEM professionals at various stages in their careers. To ensure a holistic perspective on the industry, SPEGCS has invited speakers with diversified experience levels.

In the morning, we have three prestigious speakers and a senior panel session covering upstream, midstream, and downstream. Our afternoon session will kick off with a Young Professional panel session on career advice, followed by round table discussions with inspiring leaders in diverse job roles during interactive sessions. We will conclude around 1600 hrs. at ExxonMobil and immediately proceed to the Social for networking with complimentary drinks and refreshments.

Highlights will include:

  • Learning about the career paths that interest you, and how you can excel in them

  • 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 professional headshots





Conference Schedule




7:00 AM to 7:30 AM Check-in and Complimentary LinkedIn/Professional Photography
7:30 AM to 8:15 AM Breakfast
8:15 AM to 8:30 AM Opening Remarks
8:30 AM to 9:20 AM Raymond Jones, ExxonMobil: Keynote
9:20 AM to 9:30 AM Coffee and Networking Break
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM Chandler Wilhelm, Shell: The Front End of Upstream O&G: Opportunities for the Future Energy Professional
10:15 AM to 10:25 AM Coffee and Networking Break
10:25 AM to 11:00 AM Panel Session: Three Markets: Upstream, Midstream and Downstream
11:00 AM to 11:05 AM Coffee and Networking Break
11:05 AM to 11:30 AM Tim Duncan, Talos: Entrepreneurship in O&G
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Lunch 
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Panel Session: The Road to Success: Career Advice by Young Professionals
1:00 PM to 1:10 PM Coffee and Networking Break
1:10 PM to 3:30 PM Roundtable Session: Diverse roles in Oil and Gas
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Concluding Remarks, Raffle Wrap up Main Event
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM RoughNeck Camp Social


Speakers Lineup

 Raymond Jones, VP - Asia Pacific, ExxonMobil Tim Duncan, CEO Talos Energy Inc. Eric Zimmermann, VP Geology/Exploration LLOG Jessica Keiser, Senior VP, HSE Targa Resources Corp

Buddy Clark, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP


Patricia L. Dynan, Global Commercial Director, The Dow Chemical Company Geoff Roberts, Managing Director and Head of US A&D, BMO
Rick Talley Laura Freeman Sam Attaya
Rick Talley, Senior VP, NSAI Laura Freeman, MD, Highpoint Global Capital Demetrius Harrell, Wells Operations Team Lead, Shell Sam Attaya, MD, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Todd Dragon, Engineering Manager, Stress Engineering & Construction Inc. Armand Paradis, Managing Partner & Lead Res. Engineer, INPT Vinay Mahadevan, Operations Manager, San Mateo Midstream LLC
Allison Johnson
Alison Johnson, Marketing Manager, Transocean Poojan John, Economic Analyst, Citgo Anders Johnson, VP of Storage, Kinder Morgan Inc. Alex Mendiola, Cementing Specialist, BSEE Christie McMillan, Associate, Callon Petroleum Co. Ilshat Kharisov, Oil and Gas Principal, Boston Consulting Group Luis Lugo, ERCOT Power Trader, Shell Trading

Gaye Greever McElwain,

Communications and Outreach Manager, Texas Rail Road Commission

Jordan Frisby, Economic Analyst, Port of Houston Authority

Chandler Wilhelm, VP Portfolio & Emerging Basins, Shell

Madeline Bull, Project Engineer, PinnacleART

Vivek Ghosh, Staff Well Engineer, Shell

Alamzeb Khan, Electrical Engineering Manager, National Oilwell Varco Janet Yang, Vice President, Corporate & Business Development, W&T Offshore

    Anne Huber, Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services Jeferson Santos, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group Adrian Bregnard, Manager Contracting & Procurement, Project Americas    




Contact RNC 2018 Co-Chairs


Kumar Pugazhenthi



Kimberly Salinas



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