• Memorial High School - 2013
  • University of Texas at Austin, BS in Petroleum Engineering

I graduated in 2013 from Memorial High School and was fortunate enough to receive the SPE-GCS scholarship to support my pursuit of a BS in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. The scholarship opened up doors for me in building a network within the SPE community and provided a jump start on my search for summer internships. It also gave me some perspective on the career paths I could take. The oil and gas industry is a small world. I would encourage new scholarship winners to make friends and connections within SPE with the understanding that, as in most of life, you get out of it what you put into it.

In 2017, I graduated from UT and began my career at Hilcorp Energy Company based in Houston. I have enjoyed working in the early-career rotational program in reservoir and operations engineering roles, both of which support the San Juan Basin asset. My favorite college memories are of hearing Dr. Sharma’s own stories of his entrepreneurial ventures – in between his petrophysics lectures, and forming lasting friendships with classmates as we spent endless hours doing homework in the basement of Duren. My advice to current students is to enjoy those times, get to know your professors, and work hard in school and internships.

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