The SPE Penn State 2017-2018 mentorship program is a robust, effective initiative that links underclassmen with upperclassmen in the PNGE program at Penn State.
For the first time ever, we have mixed our Penn State mentorship program with the SPE International eMentoring program.
So, in addition to an upperclassmen mentor, students now have the resources to connect with an industry mentor via the eMentoring program launched by SPEI.
My name is Luke Schramm and I am pursuing a double major in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Energy Business and Finance. I grew up on a farm in Butler, PA (~40miles north of Pittsburgh) and saw firsthand how the Marcellus Shale gas boom revitalized small towns in Western PA—this exposure is what brought me to Penn State to study PNG E.
Over the past 4 years, I have been able to study abroad in Jamaica, Ankara, Turkey, and Seoul, South Korea. I have also been very fortunate to work internships with MarkWest Energy Partners, Chevron in Texas and California, and I did a Co-Op with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. My work experience helped me learn more about the production of heavy and shale oil, Lean Sigma, land contracts, negotiation skills, project management, and cryogenic distillation amongst a myriad of other professional skills.
Some hobbies of mine include: international travel, visiting and hiking national parks, golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and of course Penn State football.
If you have any questions regarding PNG E, EBF, interviews, internships, study abroad, or something more general, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Intern, MarkWest Energy Partners
Co-Op, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
Hello! My name is Kevin Hollerich, and I am a senior in Penn State’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program. I have had several internships, all of them contributing to different experiences I have acquired. In Summer 2015, I interned at Kryptonite Energy Services, where I was apart of a pressure testing unit based in Butler County, PA. During the summer of 2016, I worked with Edgemarc Energy in Canonsburg, PA as a Drilling Engineer Intern. Here is where I gained a lot of technical experience with Drilling and Completions. Lastly, I worked with NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) this past summer, where I researched coal mine ventilation paths and the interaction between wells and coal mines. Some of my interests include photography, frisbee, and watching sports such as hockey and football. I look forward to meeting you all, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!
Summer 2017: Research Assistant, NIOSH
Summer 2016: Drilling Engineer Intern, Edgemarc Energy
Summer 2015: Intern, Kryptonite Energy Services
Hello, my name is Andrew Vislosky. I am a Senior Petroleum and Natural Gas engineering student with one minor in Energy, Business, and Finance and another in Engineering Leadership Development. I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I graduated from Pine-Richland High School.
I was recently awarded the 2017 Oil & Money Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship to represent Penn State and be one of two representatives for the United States at the 2017 Oil & Money Conference in London, England. Beyond this I have been awarded scholarships from industry sources such as Shell, Newfield Exploration Company, and SPE. I have also been awarded scholarships by the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Energy and Mineral Engineering Department with the C. Drew Stahl Award, C. Jake Phipps Scholarship, John and Willie Leone Family Undergraduate Scholarship, and the John and Elizabeth Holmes Teas Scholarship. Beyond academics, I played on the Penn State inline hockey team and continue to play hockey whenever I can on campus.
Career wise, I have four summers of internship experience, beginning with work done as an Engineering Intern for the National Science Foundation (NSF) when I was a high school senior. While at Penn State, I first interned for Southwestern Energy where I focused on shale gas production operations. For the last two summers, I worked for Shell supporting the floater and tension leg platform (TLP) deep water drilling groups. I have recently accepted a full-time role with Shell, and will be working to train as a Wells Engineer in the Shell Graduate Program after graduation this spring in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Summer 2017: Wells Engineering Intern, Shell Exploration and Production Company (SEPCO), New Orleans, LA
Summer 2016: Wells Engineering Intern, Shell Exploration and Production Company (SEPCO), New Orleans, LA
Summer 2015: Field Services Roustabout Intern, Southwestern Energy, Damascus, AR
Summer 2013: Engineering Intern, National Science Foundation (Quality of Life Technology Center), Pittsburgh, PA
I’m Alvin Mukhalu (the ‘h’ is silent by the way) and I’m currently a senior in Petroleum and Natural Gas engineering.I like a good challenge as well as the learning experience that comes with it and that is why I chose to do PNG. I come from a place not too far away: Kampala, Uganda, which is about 7300 miles directly from State College.
When I am not meeting with professors to discuss external applications of class concepts or getting involved with on-campus clubs like SPE, I’m either playing soccer or watching it. I’m a huge Manchester United fan. I also love to travel to different places whenever I have the opportunity to do so, as long as it doesn’t snow too much there. So if you have any questions about SPE and Positive Energy or just to have a chat about anything ranging from my soccer team’s horrid performance in some game or how you’re doing in your classes, don’t hesitate to drop an email or say hi on campus.