Cockrell School of Engineering
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Juan Abreu profile

Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology 

After serving in the Navy and transferring to UT Austin from UTSA, Juan Abreu landed in UT PGE as a geosystems major. Now the president of the university’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Chapter, he understands the pivotal value of good communications skills, networking and gaining knowledge from the people around him — skills that lead to opportunities in and outside of the classroom. 

“Classes teach you technical information, but to grow as a person and mature you have to explore and learn from the people around you,” said Juan. “Talk to students. Attend events that interest you. Get involved. You can’t do it alone.”

Juan credits the department’s vast, influential alumni network and his leadership role in SPE for preparing him for the energy industry and giving him the skills to succeed post-graduation. He also notes the support of classmates and professors, who have given him advice and assistance throughout his time at UT Austin.

“Overall, the support you have in the department is wonderful,” said Juan. “Compared to other schools, it’s beyond what is expected.”


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