Class of 2013
Like many of his peers in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, petroleum engineering senior Oliver Wilson is an ambitious student who is making the most of his college career.
As a student in the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering, Wilson recently served as president of TU’s Society of Petroleum Engineers chapter, an organization that has more than 104,000 members worldwide.
“We’re constantly growing, and this year we were recognized as a Gold Standard Chapter,” he said.
Wilson’s travels as a student have introduced him to many areas of the petroleum industry, but he said his international experience began long before enrolling at TU.
“I’ve lived in five different countries for at least two years each,” he said. “My family traveled quite often, so it gave me a lot of cultural exposure. It’s something I’m blessed to have.”
Born in London, Wilson has lived in England, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and the United States. With his immediate family living in the U.S., Wilson set his sights on U.S. citizenship. In October 2012, he took the U.S. citizenship test and passed with flying colors. Wilson expects to participate in a formal U.S. naturalization ceremony within the next couple of months.
Wilson said there’s no doubt his TU education helped him find what he was looking for in the oil and gas industry. The professors he now knows on a first-name basis are contacts he’ll have for life, and the scholarships provided through SPE and ConocoPhillips made his college experience possible.
“As a student, I’ve found choosing TU was one of the best decisions I could’ve made,” he said.