• Bellaire High School - 200
  • University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2011
    • BS in Petroleum Engineering
    • BA in Economics
    • Graduated with Highest Honor (Summa Cum Laude, GPA 4.0/4.0)

There were many great memories for me throughout the college years.  Some of my favorite memories include collaborating with classmates on team projects, helping out in the petroleum lab as an undergraduate research assistant and learning about EOR methods, and all of my summer internships with Chevron.  My career thus far has been very fulfilling and exciting with fast-paced growth in both technical skills and knowledge of the industry.  Notable professional achievements include:

 Four consecutive summer internships with Chevron as

  • pre-college petroleum engineering intern in the Energy Technology Company – received this opportunity from Chevron after obtaining the SPE-GCS scholarship,
  • offshore field intern in Gulf of Mexico,
  • reservoir engineering intern in Bakersfield CA, and
  • D&C intern in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
  1. Initiating and coordinating a heavy oil steamflood Major Capital Project ($600MM) in the San Joaquin Valley. Achieving First Oil on this project.
  2. Creating an Artificial Lifting Selection Tool that standardizes artificial lift selection for all tight oil/gas horizontal well developments in the Permian Basin. Received company's professional award for developing this tool.

Receiving the SPE-GCS scholarship was the turning point of my education and career decision.  Prior to receiving this scholarship in the second semester of my senior year in high school, I was not quite set on what education or career path I would choose.  Upon receiving this scholarship, I received a pre-college internship offer from Chevron.  As a pre-college intern, I worked in the waterflood and EOR consulting team in the Energy Technology Company (ETC) in Chevron.  During this internship, I was given the project to establish a user-interactive database for field and reservoir data of all waterflood fields in Chevron around the world and to create visualizations for key parameter correlations.  Through working on the project, with the help of my first professional mentor, I was exposed to a wide range of field data, learned about basic reservoir engineering theories, and had a glimpse of the technical, challenging, and exciting energy industry.  After the fulfilling pre-college internship experience, I confirmed my choice of studying petroleum engineering at UT Austin. 

My advices to students are: be fully open to all the experiences that the energy industry has to offer, such as working in various locations and on completely different jobs; be ready to absorb the variety of knowledge in order to be a good engineer in this industry, including the business aspect of the industry; last but not the least, be ready to have fun and network with others in the industry.