Executive Board

Adam Larson, President

What’s up!  My name is Adam Larson and I am currently a junior in Penn State’s PNG Engineering program.  My hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.  Freshman year I interned with Chesapeake Energy in the Utica, witnessing drilling, completions, and production, while I also completed a project focused on NGL injection into gas pipelines.  Last summer, during my sophomore year, I interned with EQT in the Marcellus Shale focusing on production operations in southwestern PA.  I’m also the Founder of Positive Energy and Webmaster of PSEMA.  Outside of my academics, I am an Eagle Scout and love being in the outdoors.  I look forward to being this year’s President, and I am excited to work hard to make each member’s SPE experience as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Amanda Krolczyk, Treasurer

Hey everyone! My name is Amanda Krolczyk and I am a senior majoring in both PNG E and EBF. I am from just south of Erie, Pa and actually spent my first two years of college at the Penn State Behrend Campus up in Erie. While I was there, I was on the softball team and was very involved with other parts of the athletic department. Since transferring to University Park, I traded in softball for a job and started getting involved in clubs that I didn’t know existed, SPE included.  I love the outdoors so when it is nice out, you’ll find me hiking, kayaking, running, or anything along those lines. I also hate sitting still so I am always finding something new to get involved with. That being said, I can always find time to talk to you guys. If you have any concerns or questions you would like addressed about SPE or PNG in general, don’t hesitate to send me an email or flag me down if you see me on campus. I look forward to having a great year being your treasurer and welcome to SPE Penn State!

Will Petley, Junior Class Rep

Hi! My name is Will Petley and I am a junior 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!

Vivek Thomas, Vice President

Hi, my name is Vivek Thomas and I am excited to be the 2016 Vice President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Penn State Chapter. I am currently a Senior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Orange, New Jersey. I consider myself to be a natural born leader and have been awarded for my efforts both in the positions I have been elected into, as well as being awarded by our college to be the Junior recipient of the Ellen Steidle Award for 2016. I believe I would make a great fit for this position because I have had experience working with professionals in all different industries as well as making it my main priority to better every society or organization I have been privileged to be a part of. I have enjoyed my time here at Penn State and more specifically being very involved in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

I am looking forward to what the future has in store. Feel free to shoot me an email!

Hao Wu, Program Chair

Hi guys! I am Hao Wu and currently a senior double majoring in PNG and EBF at Penn State. I am an international student, and I have been living in China for 15 years and California for 3 years before I came to Penn State. I have worked with National Oilwell Varco and China National Petroleum Corporation in the past summers, and going to work for Sinopec as a field Intern this summer. In my free time, I love to play sports, especially tennis. I used to be the captain of my high school varsity team, leading my team winning a lot of games in Southern California. So If anyone want to play tennis with me, feel free to send me an email!

Dr. Eugene Morgan, Faculty Advisor

Dr. Eugene Morgan joined the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Dr. Morgan’s research focuses on improving natural gas reservoir characterization using seismic survey data. Eugene teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to this research, and is currently advising two Ph.D. students and one M.S. Student.