Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I used to do professional figure skating
Tell us about your career journey so far
I grew up in Colombia, South America, where I completed my studies with the International Baccalaureate (IB). I then moved to the UK where I did my undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Furthermore, I did a masters in Reservoir Evaluation and Management at Heriot-Watt University which was fully funded by British Petroleum (BP). For the past two years since I completed my postgraduate studies, I have been working at an oil and gas consultancy.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
My favourite subjects were Physics and Maths.
They always held an alluring fascination with me as they displayed how using logic could directly be linked to solve problems. They could be applicable on a daily basis and were so relatable when referring to the way the world works around us.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
I believe all the subjects I took were useful in some way for my current role.
Maths was useful in order to understand the programming language used as the backbone of the software I use to run models.
Physics and Chemistry were useful as they are they cover the fundamentals of engineering. For example, physics covers the knowledge of forces, pressure, fluid and gravity – all basics that are covered in more detail on a daily as part of my role.
The languages are also extremely useful especially when putting together written reports of the project results. They also come in handy when dealing with the commercials and in business development.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I get to push the boundaries of human knowledge as a researcher. I get to explore futuristic ideas.
What is a normal day in your role like?
My day-to-day changes constantly. As I work at a consultancy, sometimes we have a lot of technical work which due to its strict deadlines, requires a lot of time, focus and hard work to deliver. The technical work would cover anything from static/dynamic modelling of fields/reservoirs to running economic model predictions, writing up reports and delivering presentations. When it is quieter on the technical side, I work on the commercial side of the business. This would require me to be constantly reaching out to potential clients and using my communication skills to sell our product. I believe that the daily life of an engineer is embodied by a chameleon; it retains a host of characteristics which adapt depending on the surrounding and environment.
Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
I believe that the best way to understand my role is by first understanding the fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering. That is: What are fossil fuels? How are they created? Where do we actually get the oil from? How is it extracted? Follow the links below to find out!