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Ph.D. candidate Effiong honored with ExxonMobil award

Michael Effiong, a doctoral student in the Petroleum Engineering program at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received an award from ExxonMobil for his work in reservoir engineering.
Michael Effiong, a doctoral student in the Petroleum Engineering program at the Cullen College of Engineering, has received an award from ExxonMobil for his work in reservoir engineering.

The Reservoir Engineering Discipline Leadership at ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy providers, has awarded Cullen College of Engineering student Michael Effiong the Advanced Skill Milestone (ASM) in Production Engineering.

The award recognizes individuals who apply advanced technical, research and individual effectiveness skills for the success of the company, as well as development of colleagues and service to the profession. It also requires depth and breadth across many skill areas.

Of his award, Effiong said. “I am honored to receive this ASM recognition. It means a lot, given the unique path of my professional development journey.”

He is currently a reservoir engineer at ExxonMobil Upstream Oil and Gas, supporting the deepwater assets. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston, following completion of the required Ph.D. course work in 2018 and subsequently, the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination held in January 2019.

Effiong said the Ph.D. course work at University of Houston provided a deeper foundation for him, which complemented ExxonMobil’s exceptional Professional Development Programs, resulting in a seamless, accelerated and highly impactful onboarding into his first official reservoir engineering role.

“As I progress toward completion of my doctorate degree, I look forward to future opportunities to give back within my capacity, and I commit to continued delivery of valuable contributions to ExxonMobil, the University of Houston, the engineering profession and the world at large,” he said.

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