Petroleum Engineer in Midland, Texas
Hello Texas MBA Class of 2018!
I am so excited to meet you all and to start this journey together. I've lived in Texas for four years now, and am proud to call myself a pseudo-Texan. I might drop the "pseudo" now that I'm a Longhorn!
I moved to Houston in 2012 after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines and have since been working as a petroleum engineer for Apache Corporation, a mid-size independent oil company. My first three years with the company were in a new-grad development program rotating through different disciplines within the field of petroleum engineering every six months. After a year and a half each in Houston and Midland, I graduated from the program and began my full time role as a reservoir engineer. The varied experience of the rotator program has proven useful in the current business climate where the need to be flexible and cover many specialties is greater than ever.
In light of the challenging circumstances my industry currently faces and the resultant slowdown, it is an opportune time for me to pursue an MBA. I'm here to get hands-on experience in the different facets of business and management, participate in the McCombs community by joining a student organization, continue my personal development as a leader and thinker, and hopefully gain some lifelong friends. I aim to use what I learn here to help steer Apache (and future employers) in the right direction.
That sums up my professional past and goals for the future, but like all of you, I'm a lot more than my resume!
In my spare time I enjoy planning my next adventure away from West Texas. For me, travel is not a luxury, but rather a necessity, and this need to see the world likely stems from my upbringing. A true oil brat, I was born in Alaska and raised primarily in the Middle East, and also enjoyed a short stint in England. Living abroad for ten years fostered in me a love for learning languages, trying different cuisines, and generally immersing myself in foreign cultures. Needless to say, I have a serious case of wanderlust.
Aside from exploring new places, I love to ski, hike, practice photography, hang out with my war veteran German Shepherd, cook, and watch Netflix.
Once again, it is so great to meet everybody, and I look forward to getting to know you all more!
Oh yeah, and hook 'em!