Class of 2012
Paige Samuels (BS ’12) was introduced to TU as a young teenager through participation in the International Baccalaureate program at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School. She frequently visited TU for study sessions and research in McFarlin Library.
“I could see myself thriving on campus. I liked the small class sizes and amenities that were provided,” she says.
As a high school student, Samuels enjoyed learning about physics and fluid dynamics, and she met with past College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Dean Steven Bellovich on several occasions. He was instrumental in helping her select TU and pursue a career in engineering.
“We developed a rapport, and Dean Bellovich told me I would do well in the petroleum engineering field,” Samuels says. “He had an open door policy, and that’s invaluable. You can’t get that at any university.”
While earning her degree, Samuels was heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and the National Association of Black Collegian where she promoted multicultural affairs, diversity and educational events on campus. She served as a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s TU student chapter and as a TURC scholar, conducting oil and gas separation research. Samuels participated in STEM Up, an initiative designed to integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“TURC and STEM Up allowed me to sharpen my presentation skills and further advance my research,” Samuels says. “The most beneficial impact was learning the importance of mentoring and seeking guidance from tenured professionals within the industry.”
Today, Samuels is an asset development petroleum engineer for Chevron’s North American Exploration and Production Company in the Gulf of Mexico. She says TU afforded her many opportunities to reach this point in her life. She not only is grateful for her education but also the exposure to a diverse student population on TU’s campus, where she learned about cultural differences and made many friends.