Ms. Zulkifli joined Shell Malaysia in 2010 as a Geohazards Specialist after completing her B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Malaya. After 2 years in this role Munirah joined Shell’s Malaysia Exploration team as an Exploration Geoscientist where she conducted portfolio evaluations, matured prospects and drilled wells in carbonate settings in the South China Sea. In 2014 Munirah transferred to Shell’s Norwegian Exploration team in Stavanger where she was involved in clastic play-based exploration as well as drilling and license maturation in the Barents and Norwegian Seas. Munirah then joined the Myanmar Exploration team where she was put in charge of maturing Shell’s carbonate portfolio in the Bay of Bengal. This role included interpretation of frontier seismic data, play analysis, risking and volumetrics, and basin modeling. Mid-2017 Munirah began a 3-year career break to pursue a Professional Master’s of Science in Subsurface Geoscience paired with an MBA, both at Rice University. Her goal is to return to the energy industry after her sabbatical with an improved personal geologic knowledge base and a broader, sharper commercial mindset after being amidst active and relevant research in a global industry hub.
Ms. Yang received her B.S in Resource Prospecting Engineering from Southwest Petroleum University, China in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she has worked as a research assistant in research programs, The Characteristic of the Filicinae Fossil in the Northeastern Margin of the Late-Jurassic Ordos Basin and Simulation of Pore Evolution of Shale Reservoir. In her final year of undergraduate study, she undertook a senior thesis to evaluate the Petroliferous Region of Lianglitage Formation In Central Uplift, Tarim Basin. In 2017, Jiaqi enrolled in the Professional Master’s Program in Subsurface Geoscience with focus on geology in Rice University. This program will offer her a chance to further her knowledge in petroleum geology and prepare her to be ready to start a career in petroleum industry.
Mr. Zachary Steele graduated from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He subsequently spent a year at the University of Texas at El Paso as a Phd student in behavioral neuroscience conducting research in nicotine addiction. After deciding not to purse research any further, he enrolled at the University of Houston where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in geophysics. He has worked two full time summer internships at Castex Energy in Houston where he learned the basics of hydrocarbon exploration. He also gained geophysical field experience at Santa Fe, New Mexico by participating in a summer educational program called SAGE. He is now enrolled in the Professional Masters in Subsurface Geoscience program at Rice University.
Mr. Michael Reed earned a B.S in Geology from Towson University in 2012. He began his Oil &Gas career with Schlumberger in the Gulf of Mexico as a Data Engineer and is currently employed by National Oilwell Varco as a Drilling Optimization Engineer. Michael chose the Subsurface Geoscience program at Rice to advance his career in the industry.
Ms. Ramos graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Animal Science, returning a few years later to complete a B.S. in Geology and graduating a second time in 2016. While completing her second bachelor’s degree, she participated in a research project in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, presenting her research at the GSA National Convention in 2015. She also participated in developing a field camp in Spain for the South Dakota School of Mines in 2016. She joined the Professional Masters Program at Rice University with a focus on Subsurface Geoscience and plans on pursuing a career in gas and oil exploration upon graduation.
Mr. Will Pollard received his B.S. in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his undergraduate career, Will worked for various oil and gas companies, gaining valuable industry experience and heightening his interests in oil/gas exploration. He is now enrolled in the Professional Master’s Program in Subsurface Geoscience to expand his knowledge in geology and further his career in the oil and gas industry.
Ms. Nikki Pham earned a B.S in Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She worked as an intern at Spectra Energy as a member of the environmental construction permitting team; the following summer she did a summer research project at UH as a part of an undergraduate research opportunity. Nikki is currently enrolled in the subsurface geoscience program at Rice with the goal to pursue a career in the oil- and gas industry.
Ms. Jinglin Ouyang graduated from China University of Petroleum, Beijing with a B.S in Petroleum Geology in 2017. More than three years’ professional study has equipped her with a solid knowledge foundation. She mastered basic and advanced practical assignments during her undergraduate studies, and also got proficient in using Resform, CorelDraw, Surfer, Carbon, and Grapher, etc. In order to learn more about Subsurface Geoscience, she engaged in a scientific and technological innovation program which enriched her professional knowledge and obtained the integrated skills of geological research.
Ms. Ayooluwa Ijarogbe graduated from University of Lagos, Nigeria with a bachelor's degree in Geophysics in 2011. After graduation, she acquired work experience with MRS Oil Nigeria PLC in Lagos, Lukado Consultants and PriceWaterhouseCoopers – PWC . In order to move her career forward, she decided to enroll in the Subsurface Geoscience degree program at Rice. Her goal is to expand her education to build a career as geophysicist in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Erik Fathy graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors of science degree in Geology in 2012. While at UT, Erik participated in Chevron’s 2011 Summer Internship program in ETC co-located with SASBU Block 14. During that time, he used Petrel for making maps in SASBU and used OpenWorks for loading seismic in Energy Technology Company (ETC).
After graduation, Erik was employed full-time by Chevron, and was selected for an intensive two-year training program, called the Geology and Geophysics Support Academy (G&G Academy). After successfully completing three rotations, Erik graduated from the G&G Academy and moved back to ETC. He was promoted to Project Manager for the OpenWorks upgrade from R5000 0.3.5 to R5000 8.1.5 for the Houston instances. Despite the high pressure of his position Erik excelled in managing his team to execute the company’s strategy efficiently. He enrolled in Rice University’s Professional Master’s Program in Subsurface Geoscience for Fall 2017 to deepen his geoscience knowledge.