Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

jenny undergrad profile

M.S. Petroleum Engineering Student

1. What inspired you to apply for UT PGE?

I wanted to become a petroleum engineer because we take fundamental equations, turn them into elegant solutions, and solve challenging problems despite all the uncertainty.  When I made the decision to become a petroleum engineer, coming to UT PGE was an easy choice since UT PGE is the global leader in petroleum engineering.

2. What research are you conducting?

I am currently working on modeling potential fault reactivation and CO2 migration induced by carbon storage. This project involves predicting geomechanical effects of CO2 injection, defining conditions that trigger reactivation of faults, quantifying associated CO2 migration rates, and identifying optimum injection site and scheme for permanent storage of CO2.

3. What has been your favorite lesson you have learned while at UT PGE?

UT PGE has taught me so much personally and professionally during my undergraduate and graduate years. My favorite lesson by far is to never stop learning. Dr. Lake, the professor that sparked my love for reservoir engineering, always inspires me. Despite his infinite knowledge, I always find him seeking for more. During our weekly seminars and even during my presentation, I always see him questioning, thinking, and absorbing. He taught me that in order to be successful, you should never stop learning.

4. What do you like most about the UT campus?

I love the diversity of our campus. I enjoy the opportunity to meet people from all over the world with different backgrounds. It truly opened my eyes and gave me the ability to analyze things from many different perspectives. Also, I love the coffee from São Paulo, a Brazilian restaurant near CPE; it makes my day beautiful!          

5. What advice would you give to future students?

Do not be afraid of failures. While studying at UT for the past six years, I have experienced countless failures: numerous rejections, disastrous simulation runs, and failed corefloods. All my unsuccessful attempts forced me see my limits, but also helped me push those limits. I truly believe that all those failures helped me grow into the person that I am today! 




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