• The Woodlands High School - 2003
  • University of Texas at Austin, BS in Petroleum Engineering

In the Spring of 2003, I was introduced to the petroleum industry and SPE by Dr. Taylor. At the time, Dr. Taylor was on staff at The University of Texas and was the Petroleum Engineering department’s head recruiter. Dr. Taylor invited me up to campus for a tour and while there, he got me in contact with a few seniors and suggested I look into SPE. Long story short, with Dr. Taylor’s encouragement, I applied for a scholarship from SPE-GCS that significantly impacted my college journey.

 At the time, winners of a SPE-GCS scholarship were also awarded a pre-college internship with Anadarko. Being from The Woodlands, Anadarko was in my “backyard” and was known to be a big deal. I joined Anadarko for the Summer of 2003, working in the International Operations group. The opportunities from working with an operator like Anadarko significantly aided in my understanding of the industry prior to enrolling at The University of Texas. My roles during the internship were far beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. I was able to work with project teams focusing on assets in Canada, the North Sea, and Northern Africa. In a way, you can say I was thrown into the deep end of the pool, and I am very grateful for that opportunity. In addition to the internship, the scholarship helped me to spend more time on my studies and to be able to graduate with honors. I started my college education in Petroleum Engineering and finished in Petroleum Engineering partly due to the support of SPE.

After graduation, my career took me to Chevron, where I have spent 9 years in multiple roles with a wide range of responsibility and work focus. My focus has been around production and stimulation while working for assets in Western Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and many other international fields. I have gained company recognition for my work with new technologies and working with recruiting teams, interns, and the training of new hires.

 My advice to students is that no matter what type of engineering you are looking at pursuing, I strongly encourage you to apply for this wonderful opportunity. A real bonus is the internship that comes with the scholarship. The job experience prior to college is a major step above the rest of the other students who are competing for other scholarships and internships each year. Contact me at