David Wavrek

David Wavrek

By the time David Wavrek (PhD '92) came to The University of Tulsa, he already had two degrees and was working in the oil industry.

Wavrek chose the university to pursue his doctorate because of its strong engineering and geology programs.

While here, he was deeply influenced by graduate Professor Colin Barker, whom he calls "one of the founding fathers of modern geochemistry."

After more than 20 years, Wavrek and his wife, Beth, maintain close ties with Barker and his family.

Today, president of the highly successful Petroleum Systems International in Utah, Wavrek chose to honor his longtime friend and mentor by establishing the Colin Barker Geosciences Graduate Student Endowment Fund and bequesting a gift that will keep it growing ... just like their friendship.