Alumni Newsletter - February 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The semester is in full swing and we have a lot of students in the program. Last fall, many underclassmen did not get summer internships. Additionally, some of the students who graduated in December 2009 or will graduate in May 2010 still do not have jobs. To help the students, we are organizing a career fair. The career fair will be held on March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. We will host a dinner for the company representatives from 5:00-6:00 p.m. We will also help unload your vehicle if you want to bring anything to display. Seven companies have registered and I would like to increase that number even further. If you or your company would like to participate in the fair, contact me or Shelly Holly of Career Services. Sixty students are currently registered to attend and I expect that number to increase to more than 100. It will be an opportunity for you to visit with some of our bright students and give them an opportunity to talk to industry people. If you are unable to come to the career fair, please note that SPE is also stepping up its effort to find jobs for graduating seniors. Students can upload their resumes to a special website and potential employers can visit the website and download the resumes. I hope that you can help us out and come to the career fair.

Our increased enrollment has posed another challenge; that is, finding instructors for many of our classes. We are using many adjuncts to teach our classes since we simply do not have faculty to handle the demand for more sections. It is always difficult to find good instructors who have experience. If you are willing to teach, based on your expertise in a particular area, please let us know and we will try to incorporate your skills into our classroom instruction. If you know of someone who just retired and is interested in teaching a class or two in Petroleum Engineering, please let us know as well. We are always looking for good instructors.

Even after two months, we are receiving notes from alumni about Dr. Kermit Brown. If you check our website’s News page, you will find tributes from his former students. Also, if you have read the February issue of JPT, half of the editorial was devoted to Dr. Brown. It is gratifying to see such a prominent mention of Dr. Brown in a journal circulated to more than 80,000 people. TU’s College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Vision magazine is planning to have a special tribute to Dr. Brown in the next issue. If you would like to participate, please let us know and we will try to incorporate your comments.

This month, we do not have an Alumnus of the Month. We will return the feature in March.

Keep sending your comments.

Mohan Kelkar
Chairman and Williams Endowed Chair Professor

Petroleum Engineering Dept.