Nhung Nguyen, a junior majoring in petroleum engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, is one of 100 students chosen from around the world to attend the Education Week program of the 2020 International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) being held January 11-15, 2020, in Saudi Arabia.
Education Week is designed to provide college juniors and seniors insight into the petroleum industry, as well as the opportunity to work together on a joint assignment, go on field trips and network with major industry employers. IPTC will cover travel and accommodation expenses for the selected students.
Originally from Vietnam, Nguyen said she is looking forward to traveling to a new country and learning about the culture, history and oil industry. “I am excited to work on a team with students from around the world. It will be an awesome chance to apply what I learned at school and develop my skills," she said. "This is a great opportunity for me to grow myself and represent UH.”
Nguyen plans to graduate in 2020 and pursue a master’s degree in either data science or reservoir engineering. She works as a research assistant at the Cullen College and serves in leadership roles with the UH chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
She volunteered with the Chevron Girls Engineering the Future Day, an annual Cullen College event designed to introduce Houston-area girls, from grades 4-8, to science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through fun, hands-on activities. Nguyen also volunteered with the Houston Food Bank and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
IPTC, one of the world’s foremost oil and gas events, is a multi-disciplinary technical event committed to the dissemination and sharing of emerging technologies, best practices and knowledge. It is sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE); the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); and the SPE.