Master's Petroleum Engineering, Workers' Safety, Environmental Protection, Mexican, DACA Recipient

The Masters of Petroleum Engineering at the XXXX Department of Petroleum Engineering at XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school for a variety of reasons in addition to the location; most of all, the sheer excellence of the program. I graduated from the University of XXXX College of Engineering with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering on 19 December, 2014. I could not be more fully dedicated to lifelong education in my field; thus, not long after earning my degree, I registered for a prep course to sit the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination and become a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. I am currently a certified Engineer-in-Training (TX).

I have also very much enjoyed taking courses offered by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and attending conferences and exhibitions held throughout the year. Most recently, I have been investing a lot of energy in the literature research into drilling optimization, especially managed pressure drilling (MPD). I also have a longstanding interest and look forward to additional research into well completions in unconventional plays. The greatest professional contribution that I can envision making to the field of Petroleum Engineering is to become a good role model, leading by example, as a socially responsible professional and a mentor to those professionals who come after me. Very much an internationalist, I look forward, in particular, to helping to bring about economic stability for developing countries where hydrocarbons have been discovered. The development of a vast infrastructure that enables for the exploration, drilling, production, testing, transport, refining, and sale of petroleum products is capable of sustaining a society by creating jobs and new services. At the same time, I also hope to distinguish myself as a student and beyond by careful attention to the need to protect our natural environment and its wildlife. I also spend a lot of my free time reading about how to do so, reducing harmful emissions, etc.

My long-term goal is to contribute to the cutting-edge education of future generations of petroleum engineers, helping to develop and take advantage of the latest in new technologies to improve operations, making them both cleaner and more efficient. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to work in entry-level consulting for litigation support (in oil and gas/energy), production, and now drilling. I would like to have the opportunity to learn more about well completions, reservoir engineering, increasingly immersing myself in the fine details. Ultimately, I would like to be a consultant for companies that engage in the acquisition, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas - helping them to meet the challenges they face in their endeavors. Learning more about the geology and lithology of a variety of oil and gas producing regions is central to my professional plans, with particular attention to operating conditions downhole one site from another. My ideal job will give me the opportunity to contribute to the creation and maintenance of safe working conditions as an integral and necessary part of all solutions developed to meet special challenges for oil and gas operations. I look forward to balancing my time providing consulting services and working alongside teams of experienced professionals devoted to especially challenging operations. Having the opportunity to teach or mentor younger professionals is also an integral part of how I see myself in the future. Worker safety and protection of the environment are the cornerstones of my world view.

My work ethic will enable me to excel at Texas A&M and I long to become part of the generations of hard-working men and women graduating from your institution over the course of its rich history. I very much admire the passion and drive of the distinguished graduate Earasmo Trevino "E.T." Guerrero ('49), the first Ph.D. recipient in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M. I like to think that I have become especially adept at working most effectively in multidisciplinary teams in the never-ending search for solutions to real world problems affecting our industry. I am keenly interested in the broad spectrum of disciplines within petroleum engineering, both upstream and downstream, especially reservoir, drilling, completions, and production.

Mexico was my home for the first 6 years of my life, since then I have lived in the USA, a recipient of DACA since I was brought here as a child. Now 30 and married to a US citizen, I am becoming nationalized finally after these many years, and I am most grateful. As an undergraduate student, I volunteered frequently at the University of Houston as a volunteer with two student chapters, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Drilling Engineers. I was thrilled accept an offer from my well drilling and completion course professor of a position with his consulting firm upon my graduation, where I worked for one year providing technical support for litigation cases involving energy and energy services companies.

After 1 year, I moved on to the challenges of working in marginally-producing oil and gas wells in Central Texas, just on the edge of the Permian Basin to the East. There, I worked on optimizing production and finding areas of operational improvement. We began working on developing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects using steam injection, contributing to the initial stages of implementation by the time that I left after one year and nine months. I am now currently working for an international drilling contractor out in the Easter Area. I provide operational support for a fleet of 26 drilling rigs in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. I closely follow Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and suggest areas of improvement. I also assist rig managers (toolpushers) with modifications and operational changes to their rigs. As a district, we meet quarterly with our customers to ensure that we are meeting their needs and inquire on how we can improve. I am been in my present position for nine months.

I thank you for considering my application to Petroleum Engineering at XXXX.

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