Class of '92
TU alumnus David Wavrek (Ph.D. ’92) utilizes his degree on a daily basis as president of Petroleum Systems International, Inc. (PSI), a Salt Lake City-based oil field services and technology company.
Wavrek’s entire career has revolved around geosciences, working as a geologist, geochemist and engineer at Amoco Research in Tulsa, Robertson Research in Houston and as a field engineer at NL Baroid Logging Systems in Louisiana in the mid-1980s.
“I’ve had a fascination with geology since I was a little kid,” Wavrek said. “Once I got to college, I learned more about its connections to the petroleum industry, and I decided to make it my lifelong career.”
Wavrek is a certified petroleum geologist who has served as the senior author on more than 700 proprietary reports and presented more than 100 papers at research conferences. He has worked as a research associate at TU and has served as chairman of TU’s Geosciences Advisory Board. In 2004, Wavrek and classmate, Clive Ferebee (MS ’91, president of Favel Group, C.A.), established the Dr. Colin Barker Geosciences Barker Student Endowment Fund to honor their former professor, an esteemed TU faculty member for 35 years, served as chair of the Department of Geosciences from 1987 to 2002. The endowment provides research assistance to outstanding geosciences graduate students for travel, tuition assistance and lab expenses.
Wavrek said his TU education gave him a competitive edge in the geosciences industry.
“I really enjoyed TU’s campus environment and the interdisciplinary work I did through various projects,” Wavrek recalled. “The faculty and support staff encouraged me to strive for an ambitious career.”