We teamed up with the University of Texas Energy and Earth Resouces (EER) Graduate Program, which provides the opportunity for students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas of geosciences, engineering, management, finance, economics, law and policy for 21st-century careers in energy, minerals, water and environmental resources.
The program has been running an average of 46 students for the past five years, and typically students have 1-3 years of work experience when they enter their studies. Two-thirds of the students have engineering or science undergraduate degrees. Alumni can be found throughout the globe, and many remain in Texas following their degree. The EER program anticipates 23 students graduating in spring 2018 and plans to welcome 18 students in the fall 2018 class.
38 current EER students were invited to participate in the Repsol Student Innovation Awards for the chance to earn a $500 scholarship plus an invitation to join us in the Repsol suite at the 2018 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin, an excellent opportunity to meet upper management leaders and see our Repsol Honda team in action.
The scholarship application was an interactive online survey which had multiple questions about the energy industry, the Repsol brand, and our values. It also had a section where students could explain their innovative ideas to enhance the energy sector, with a focus on safety and environment.
The judging panel was formed from 10 Repsol Houston employees from different departments. They assessed the applications carefully, reviewing the students thought process, communication skills, technical knowledge, and innovation. Unanimously the scorecards revealed three outstanding students: Audrey Pfeil, Mark Reid, and Saad Siddique
Helping Repsol honor these students were our guests: William Harris, CEO of Space Center Houston; Dr. John Charles, NASA researcher; Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium; Jessica Smith, Graduate Coordinator II, Energy and Earth Resources. Finally, our very own Mariano Ferrari, Director of US Business Unit.
Audrey, Mark, and Reid filled us with pride and optimism for what future generations have to offer our industry. Getting to know them and hear them speak of their plans and aspirations inspired us all. Here is a little more about the winners:
Grew up in San Antonio and found her career inspiration at age seven after a trip to Big Bend National Park.
Her primary focus is studying the water-energy connection and managing our water resources in a responsible, efficient way while still fostering an industry-friendly atmosphere.
The gap between the geosciences and computer science has encouraged her interested in coding and machine learning, and she hopes to continue learning and applying computational and modeling analytical methods in water and energy resource management.