Executive Board

President | Adam Larson

What’s up! I’m Adam Larson and currently a junior in Penn State’s PNG E program. I was born and raised just 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA.  I’ve worked with Chesapeake Energy and EQT as both a Field Intern in the Marcellus and Utica concentrating on drilling, completions, and production. This summer in 2017, I will be working with EQT again as an intern in their Pittsburgh headquarters. I also sit on the Board of the Penn State Energy Marketing Association (PSEMA). Further, I have experience in production operations from my time with EQT. In my free time I enjoy doing anything outdoors. I’m excited to serve as this chapter’s president and look forward to 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!

Vice President | Will Petley

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!

Treasurer | Anthony Blanker 


My name’s Anthony Blanker and I will be the Treasurer for the Penn State Chapter of SPE for the 2017-2018 School Year. I am currently a Senior studying Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering with a Minor in Energy, Business, and Finance.  I originally was born in Salvador, Brazil however I live in Pittsburgh now. The potential to learn everyday, work in the field, and travel has motivated me to become who I am today so that I may one day succeed in this amazing industry. During the summer of 2016, I was fortunate enough to intern at East Management Services LP and got to see all aspects of a smaller E&P Company. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at Consol Energy where I was placed in the Reservoir Engineering Department. Along with being involved with SPE, I am also involved with AADE, Positive Energy, and I am the Social Chair for The Penn State Collegiate Boxing Team.

If you have any questions or concerns related or unrelated to SPE, please feel free to reach out to me!

Events Coordinator | Aziz Abdelaal

Hello everyone!

My name is Aziz Abdelaal and I am a junior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and minoring in Energy Business and Finance. I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt where I have graduated from a French school with a Baccalaureate in Sciences and Mathematics. Last summer, I have done an internship with Apache Oil and Gas Corporation in the Reservoir Engineering department. I have mainly worked on the evaluation of a prospective gas plant compressor station in the Egyptian western desert. This summer I plan to return to Apache as a Field Engineer. Since I joined Penn State, I have been involved in diverse clubs and organizations. Early this academic year, I became a committee member in University Parks’ Allocation Committee as well as a board member in the Egyptian Student Association. Along with other engineering students, I have also started the Network for International Opportunities that works on broadening Penn State’s global Influence by providing international professional opportunities to students. When I find the time, I love playing all kinds of sports. Lately, I have been very fond of squash.

If you ever need to talk, or if you have any questions or ideas related to SPE, please do not hesitate to approach me. 

Junior Class Representative | Charles Nyempah

Hi guys my name is Charles Nyempah and I am currently a junior majoring in PNG and minoring in EBF. I was born and raised in Miri, Malaysia and a little bit of fun fact, that was where the first oil well was drilled in my country. Plus, I am interning with the national oil company, PETRONAS over the summer and I am really excited about it. My interests would be traveling, visiting new places, trying new food and I love coffee too. In case you didn’t know, I am also the Junior Class Representative in SPE and I am looking forward to get to know you guys. Please say hi to me whenever you see me around or better yet, shoot me an email!


Faculty Advisor | Dr. Eugene Morgan

 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.

Webmaster | Weston Bushyeager 

Hey guys!  I am currently a senior here at Penn State majoring in both EBF and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.  I am from Montoursville Pennsylvania right by Williamsport where the Little League World Series is held.  I am currently conducting research on a few of the states in the jurisdiction of PJM and am working towards creating a model with a professor and a few other students of the electricity dispatch throughout the U.S.  In my spare time I love to read and I am constantly trying to learn new skills.  One of my biggest interests is entrepreneurship, one day I hope to obtain financial freedom so I have the free time to pursue the things that matter to me the most.  If you ever want to talk, have any questions about SPE, or any suggestions of things you would like to see on the website, let me know!  

PetroBowl Chair | Muhamad Hakimi

Hey guys! My name is Muhamad Hakimi and I am a junior majoring in PNG E and minoring in EBF. I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is quite popular with Petronas Twin Towers. I’ve taken a job in Penn State dining commons because I believe that academic achievement alone is not enough to polish and portray your work ethics. With my strong work ethics, I have been promoted to Student Manager in less than a year. Next summer, I am looking to do an internship with Petronas. Besides that, if I get bored, I usually play frisbee during my free time. I have been a part of the PetroBowl team ever since I was a freshman. Last year, our team managed to secure 3rd place in PetroBowl ATCE 2016 Championship! I am honored to serve as the PetroBowl chair and I believe that team work, dedication and passion are the three key ingredients to succeed in PetroBowl. So if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me!


Secretary | Chaney Whipkey

Hi everyone! My name is Chaney Whipkey and I am from Rochester, NY. I will be a senior for the 2017-2018 school year majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, and I am the Secretary for this upcoming year. I have been actively involved in SPE since freshman year and am excited to hold a position on the executive board. I am also involved in the American Association of Drilling Engineers and am a member of Alpha Phi. This summer I will be working as an intern with The DDS Companies in Rochester, NY. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!


Grad Class Rep | Daulet Magzymov

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 PennState, 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 PennState!

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!

Kind regards, Daulet Magzymov


Hunter Jageman | Ambassador Chair


My name is Hunter Jageman and I am a senior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. I was born in Rochester, New York but spent my middle and high school years in Erie, Pennsylvania. The first two years of my college career I attended Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA. Since transferring to Penn State University Park, I became involved with different clubs and organizations such as SPE and Penn State’s EMS Ambassador Program. Each of my summers in college have been filled with valuable internship experiences with Modern Industries and Lord Corporation which focused on Production and Quality Engineering. As a 2+2 PNG E student at Penn State, I am very excited to get branch campus students who want to major in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering involved with SPE activities before transferring to University Park.

If you have any questions about SPE activities or how you can get involved early with fellow PNG E students, please feel free to contact me!

Matthew Watson | Chairperson of Positive Energy

Hi everyone!

My name is Matt Watson and I’m a junior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and minoring in Energy Business and Finance. I’m originally from Bristow, VA which is just south of our nation’s capital! In my free time I love to play pick-up sports ranging anywhere from basketball to racquetball. I’m excited to be your Positive Energy Chair and feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have. I look forward to seeing the positive environmental impact we’ll have together!  

Jonathan Rieco | Vice Chairperson of Positive Energy



My name is Jonathan Rieco and I am dual major in Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience. I am a rising sophomore, and I am from a medium sized town in North Carolina. This summer I will be interning in Houston Texas with Newfield Oil and Gas. I cannot wait to go to work with them and learn a lot. I enjoy reading about and working on all types of cars.

If you want to talk about cars or SPE, feel free to ask me anything.

Alvin Mukalu | Projects Coordinator of Positive Energy 

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.