The Texas Energy Council Board voted this week to install a new Award to be known as the “Energy Ambassador Certificate of Recognition”. This Award will recognize individuals at the Annual TEC Symposium for efforts in representing the Texas Energy Council, and thus our constituent member organizations, with endeavors of education and outreach to the public as “Energy Ambassadors”.
Our first “Energy Ambassador” recipient is a DeGolyer and MacNaughton Petroleum Engineer, Mariya Townswick, who represented the TEC, and her member organizations of PECD and SPE, at the World Affairs Council Careers Day at UT Arlington this past week.
With short notice, Mariya stepped up and worked with the Board on a tailored industry resource presentation that covered choosing an Energy (O&G) Career path in an international context.
This was the first time O&G has been represented at this significant Careers Day event. Mariya delivered a strong representation of our Industry, as well as being a most suitable face for the newest generation of professionals that connected well with the audience.
Mariya and TEC’s presence has already generated much interest from the attending students.
Many potential areas of controversy requiring response were prepared ahead, in addition, to trumpeting why our industry ‘rocks’ as a career choice.
Mariya was born in Kazan, Russia and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation, started working at the consulting firm DeGolyer and MacNaughton, where she conducts large scale oil and gas reserves and contingent resource evaluations using SEC and PRMS guidelines for properties in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Algeria.
Mariya is a member (and fellow Doctor) of the Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas (PECD), and of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), where she holds a position on the Scholarship Committee.
The TEC also wish to thank DeGolyer and MacNaughton, and Mariya’s immediate D&M Co-Division Managers, Charles Boyette and Gary McKenzie, for graciously freeing critical time during their busiest time of the year and to enable this important participation of industry outreach.