Mentor Panel

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.

Please click here to enroll in the new eMentoring program.

See our Mentor Panel below.  Please feel free to contact any of them.

Luke Schramm | Senior PNGE Student


My brother and I hiking Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park in Utah.

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.


Work Experience:

Intern, MarkWest Energy Partners

Intern, Chevron

Co-Op, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania


Contact Info:


Cell: 724-841-4115

Kevin Hollerich | Senior PNGE Student

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!


Work Experience:

Summer 2017:  Research Assistant, NIOSH

Summer 2016:  Drilling Engineer Intern, Edgemarc Energy

Summer 2015:  Intern, Kryptonite Energy Services


Contact Info:

Email: |

Cell: 412-576-7003

Andrew Vislosky | Senior PNGE Student


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.


Work Experience:

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


Contact Info:


Cell: 1-(724)-831-6872

James Obermyer | Senior PNGE Student

Hey everyone, my name’s James Obermyer and I am a senior majoring in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Energy Business and Finance. I am originally from Port Huron, Michigan and came all the way to Penn State to study Petroleum Engineering. At my time here at Penn State, I have been involved in numerous organizations such as the college of EMS student council as well as their THON organization, an OPP THON committee, IM sports, club swimming, and obviously the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This year most of my time is focused on being the president of the Penn State Energy Marketing Association and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In my free time, I love to be outdoors hiking and exploring. Photography is also a big hobby of mine.  I will be working for Williams full time upon graduation in the spring doing their 3 year rotational position.
Work Experience:
Summer 2017: Engineering Intern: Williams Midstream, Susquehanna Supply Hub
Summer 2016: Remanufacturing Intern: MTU America, Novi Michigan
Spring 2016 and Fall 2015: Research Assistant: Department of EME
Contact Info:
Cell: 810-956-693

Alvin Mukhalu | Senior PNGE Student

Hi there.

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.


Tutor, Penn State Erie Learning Resource Center

Contact Info:


Daulet Magzymov | PNGE/EME Grad Student

Greetings to All! I am Daulet Magzymov, 3rd year PhD graduate student majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University. I am a Graduate Class Representative at PennState SPE student chapter board of officers. I have been the President of SPE student chapter at Nazarbayev University for 2013-2014 term. Together with a team we established a chapter and engaged our students in academic/social/industrial activities. Our commitment was recognized by SPE International, our chapter received the “2014 Outstanding Student Chapter” award.  I love SPE and I love Penn State, so I see the GradClassRep position at the SPE board as a great opportunity to contribute to the development of the institutions and people I care about. I am happy to work in a team of enthusiastic SPE officers to make our students more prepared for industry and show the world “who we are”. We are Penn State!I had industrial training programs with Total in France, and with Schlumberger at Siberian Training Center, Russia. I also have participated business trainings at KPMG and University College London, UK. I was a winner for 2016-2017 Student Merit Award at EME which recognizes talented and dedicated students based on their academic achievement and leadership qualities.Let’s make the world a better place, by contributing to the surrounding!
Work Experience:
Total S.A., France
Schlumberger, Siberia, Russia

Other Experience:

KPMG and University of London

President of SPE Student Chapter, Nazarbayev University

Contact Info:

Will Petley | Senior PNGE Student

Hi! My name is Will Petley and I am a senior double majoring in Penn State’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program and Economics program. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, however, I interned in Conway, Arkansas after my sophomore year at Penn State. In Conway, I worked with Southwestern Energy Company on various projects in the Fayetteville Shale gas reservoir. I have also worked as a lab technician for Nunes Laboratories in Pittsburgh, and I am a Schreyer scholar here at Penn State. In my free time, I love to play and watch sports. My favorites are soccer, baseball, and hockey. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or concerns in general; I’m looking forward to getting to know you!
Work Experience:
Production Engineering Intern, Southwestern Energy, Tunkhannock, PA

Production Engineering Intern, Southwestern Energy, Conway, AR

Lab Technician, Nunes Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA

Contact Info:

Adam Larson | Senior PNGE Student

What’s up!  I’m Adam Larson and currently a senior in Penn State’s PNGE program.  I was born and raised just 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA.  I’ve worked with Chesapeake Energy (freshman year) and EQT (sophomore year) as a Field Intern in the Marcellus and Utica focusing on drilling, completions, and production.  Furthermore, this past summer in 2017, I worked with EQT again as a Completions Engineering Intern in their Pittsburgh headquarters.  I also sit on the Board of the Penn State Energy Marketing Association (PSEMA) as Webmaster.  I am also a Co-Founder for Positive Energy, our community outreach committee.  Meanwhile, in my free time I enjoy doing anything outdoors.  Last year I served as SPE Penn State’s President, and I’m excited to serve again.  For the 2018 North America SPE Student Symposium, I am also serving as Director.  I look forward to continue working hard to make each member’s SPE experience as rewarding and fulfilling as possible. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Work Experience:
Completions Engineering Intern, EQT Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

Director, North America Student Symposium, SPE International

Field Intern – Production Engineering & Operations, EQT Corporation, Waynesburg, PA

Field Intern – Drilling, Completions & Production, Chesapeake Energy, Louisville, OH

Senior Content Strategist, Shale Media Group, Washington, PA

Intern/Co-Op, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, South Park, PA


Contact Info:

Cell Phone: 412-760-4195