Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Courtney Heard profile

Petroleum Engineering

Courtney Heard, UT PE junior, has one piece of advice for incoming freshmen: get involved as soon as possible. By joining numerous on-campus clubs and organizations, the UT PGE Alumni Endowed Scholarship recipient said she’s found a close-knit community.

“The department is very personal,” said Courtney. “I don’t feel like a little fish in a big pond because the classes are small and there is a lot of interaction with your professors.”

The Sugarland, Texas native doesn’t believe in just going to classes. She says Austin has given her access to music events like ACL, a running course near the Capitol and exposure to people from all backgrounds. To increase her knowledge and exposure to industry, Courtney joined the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), Women in Engineering Program (WEP) and the Gamma Beta Phi honor society.

Courtney also recently completed her second internship for Chevron in Louisiana. She said the internship allowed her to go offshore on rigs, where she learned about safety and production elements, as well as a solid understanding of the industry as a whole.  



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