2018-2019 Executive Board

Matt Watson



Hey everyone!

My name is Matt Watson and I’m very excited to be president of SPE Penn State for the 2018-19 academic year. I am a senior majoring in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering and minoring in Energy Business & Finance. I’m originally from Northern Virginia and decided to come to Penn State for the PNGE program, the beautiful campus, and the unmatched game day experience. In my free time, I enjoy getting outdoors and playing pick-up sports. This past year, I served as chair for Positive Energy, our community outreach program, coordinating service projects and STEM education events for grade school students. In the summer of 2017, I was able to work with one of our faculty as a PNGE Research Assistant. In the summer of 2018, I was a Production Engineer Intern for EQT, Corp out of their Waynesburg field office. SPE Penn State has a great leadership team this year and I’m looking forward to a fun and worthwhile year ahead! Should you have any questions, please reach out to me at 

Phil Hettes

Vice President


Hey all! I’m Phil Hettes and I am a senior majoring in our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and minoring in Energy and Business Finance. I’m from a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania called Noxen with less than a thousand people. In my time here at Penn State I’ve been very active in several clubs, including SPE and the EMS Student Council, as well as a regular attendee of many of our athletic teams. I’m currently interning with KCF Technologies right here in State College as a Sentry Engineer Intern. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or help you may need with SPE, classes, or anything else you may need. I’m excited for this year together, let’s make the most of it!

Steven Langballe




My name is Steven Langballe and I am the Treasurer for SPE Penn State for the 2018-2019 school year. I am currently a senior from Edison, New Jersey majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering with a minor in Environmental Systems Engineering. It is very exciting to be part of this organization, as we are working non-stop throughout the year to continue enhancing each student’s educational experience while connecting industry with academia. This past summer, I had the privilege to intern at Kryptonite Energy Services where I learned valuable information regarding field operations and office management. Outside of SPE, I am involved with AADE, EMS Stuco/THON, EMS Ambassadors, and TOTEMS. I am also heavily involved with Penn State THON, serving as an OPPerations Captain for THON 2018. I look forward to seeing everyone at our events and as always if you have any questions feel free to reach out.

Charles Nyempah



What’s up guys, my name is Charles Nyempah and I am the Secretary for SPE for the 2018-2019 academic year.  I am also a senior majoring in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering with Energy Business & Finance as a minor. Previously, I was also the Junior Class Representative of SPE and I am excited to serve in this amazing organization for another year. Also, within SPE & our PNGE program, I was in the Penn State’s Petrobowl team since freshman year and this past spring, I worked with Dr. Zuleima Karpyn on improving the Rock and Fluid Properties lab experience for future students. I originate from an oil town in Malaysia called Miri and this summer I am interning with PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil company, as a reservoir engineering intern as well as last summer as a production chemist intern. I am also the President for the Penn State Malaysian Students Club and outside of school, I enjoy traveling and trying out new experiences. 22 States plus D.C. and counting! If you have any questions for me about SPE or PNGE in general, do shoot me an email! Looking forward to meeting y’all!

Trevor Heyl

Events Coordinator


Howdy! My name is Trevor Heyl and I am a senior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Penn State.  I was born in Pittsburgh and was raised in the Mars/ Cranberry area.  During freshman and sophomore summers, I was an apprentice to a contractor.  My junior year, I interned at KCF Technologies in State College.  At KCF technology, I was a Sentry Engineer intern where I audited and analyzed frac pump vibration sensors. This summer, I am interning with Deep Well Services. Here, I am working with the Director of Marketing in write a whitepaper about hydraulic completion units and researching other completion techniques.  In my free time, I love to be outside and travel.  Normally, I am either golfing, shooting or at a concert.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I am looking forward to meeting yinz.

Michael Cronin

Graduate Class Rep


I am a doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering (petroleum and natural gas engineering option) at the Pennsylvania State University. Before starting my PhD studies, I worked as a reservoir modeler at Anadarko Petroleum’s Reservoir Technology group. My dissertation research focus is enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in shale oil reservoirs using solvent injection. Additional research and professional interests include reservoir simulation and experimental characterization of tight rocks.  I hold a master’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas, and dual bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering and geosciences (with honors) from the Pennsylvania State University. I was awarded the Eric A. Walker award by the Penn State University in 2011. I have been a member of SPE since 2009 and currently serve on the editorial board for The Way Ahead.

Robert Hilbig

Junior Class Rep


Hi everyone! My name is Rob Hilbig and I am currently a junior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. I was born and raised in Gates Mills which is a small town just outside Cleveland, Ohio. This year I will be your Junior Class Representative and I am looking forward to a great year filled with many awesome events and opportunities. I am also the Alternative Fundraising Director for EMS THON and in my free time I love to play sports and fish. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have.

Jonathan Rieco



Hello, my name is Jonathan Rieco and I am currently a Junior majoring in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Geoscience. I am originally from central North Carolina. I have worked with Newfield (freshman summer) and have worked for Chevron this past summer. Both times I worked as production engineer. I am also currently the Treasurer to Penn State Energy Marketing Association (PSEMA) and the junior class representative for American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). In my free time I like to read about or work on cars.


If you have questions related or unrelated to SPE, please feel free to send them over to

Thomas Trentadue

Ambassador Chair



My name is Thomas Trentadue and I am a senior in Penn State’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program.  For the 2018-2019 school year I will be filling the roll of Ambassador chair.  I spent the first two years of my college career at Penn State Behrend which is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.  After transferring to University Park for junior year I became involved with SPE which eventually sparked my interest into running for executive board.  This past summer I worked with an oil and gas service company, Kryptonite Energy Services, located in Washington, Pennsylvania.  This internship opportunity provided some exciting hands on experience and knowledge which is not found in the classroom.  As ambassador chair I look forward to spreading SPE and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to underclassmen at Penn State’s branch campuses.  If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas please feel free to bring them to me anytime! Good luck with the 2018-2019 school year. 

Richard Celko

Positive Energy Co-Chair


My name is Richard Celko and I am an Asset Management Intern at Eclipse Resources.

My first two years in college I went to penn state Behrend. My mother and a few other family members went to penn state. I wanted to go here for the tradition.

As the Positive Energy Co-Chair, I hope to have this program branch out into the penn state community so we may participate with other volunteer organizations. This year I would like to collect donations for THON.

In my free time, I enjoy going to my camp to hunt and fish. I also have a passion for restoring Mopar muscle cars.

Blake Dickey

Positive Energy Co-Chair


Hey guys!

My name is Blake Dickey and I am currently a junior, majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and minoring in Geoscience.  I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and this summer (2018) I am interning with Kryptonite Energy Services.  I like to travel, play video games, and kayak in my free time.  I am very excited to be your Positive Energy Co-Chair this year.  Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.  I know we’ll make a positive environmental impact together!

Dr. Hamid Emami

Faculty Advisor


Hamid Emami-Meybodi is an assistant professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research expertise is in analytical and numerical modelling of fluid flow and transport phenomena in porous media with applications to storage of carbon dioxide in geological formations, unconventional reservoirs, and enhanced oil recovery. He has conducted research on solutal and thermal natural convection, rate transient analysis, hydraulic fracturing, asphaltene precipitation, and polymer/water flooding. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in chemical and petroleum engineering from the Petroleum University of Technology (Iran) and an M.Eng., an M.Sc., and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary (Canada).

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