Coming from Olmsted Falls, OH, I graduated from ONU in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). In March of 2010 I moved to Stavanger, Norway (Europe), from Lafayette, Louisiana, where I worked as a Senior General Field Engineer for Schlumberger Technology in their Drilling and Measurements Segment. During my time with Schulmberger Technology, I supervised the drilling of hydrocarbon reservoirs for major clients such as BP, Chevron, Shell, BHP, Exxon, and Anadarko. I was able to travel around the Gulf of Mexico, the US, and the world working on land and offshore drilling rigs, where I would stay for 3 to 50 days, depending on the client's needs. The deepest well that I have helped drilled was 34,000 ft straight down in 5,800 ft of water.
The most important things ONU taught me were organization, prioritization, and professionalism. I had to learn how to balance my 5 years of 21 credit hour quarters with Army ROTC, Varsity Swim Team, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, ASME, AIAA, JEC, and my personal life. ONU's engineering program taught me how to solve problems by not being afraid to try something new as long as it can be validated by research. I learned that the Order of the Engineer (the pinky ring) is the client's first impression of your professionalism when noticed on your hand; a firm handshake seals that deal. But overall it was the "large enough to challenge, small enough to care" belief that ONU professors and students live. Without them, I would not be the engineer, man, and most importantly, the alumni that I am today with my career.