Mariya Townswick

After graduating from the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems engineering at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2008, Mariya Townswick began working at DeGolyer and MacNaughton (D&M), an international consulting company where she had interned as an undergraduate. During her years at D&M, Mariya worked her way up from an associate engineer to a senior engineer and a vice president. She coordinated multiple oil and gas evaluations for companies ranging in size from small, privately held to national in scope, most of which were located in the former Soviet Union.

Mariya TownswickDuring her tenure at D&M, Mariya did everything from estimating reserves for oil and gas fields to planimetering maps, aiding in economic evaluation and writing technical reports. She also served as an instructor and created content for international reserves guidelines seminars. During this period of her career, Mariya was lucky to have worked for many clients from Russian-speaking countries, which allowed her to speak her native language and serve as a technical translator when needed.

After spending almost 11 years at D&M, Mariya followed her first boss to Kosmos Energy, where she became a dual-purpose engineer, responsible for both company reserve reporting and modeling one of the company’s producing fields, something that she had never done in her prior job. She enjoyed the change of perspective, learning a new skill, having the ability to influence the value of the company that she was a part of, and being a part of the team responsible for future field development.

Throughout her career, Mariya has spent many hours volunteering for different industry nonprofit organizations. She has served on two different scholarship committees, mentored college students, and come to campus to interview candidates for internships and full-time jobs. Mariya was also honored to have been a part of the Hildebrand Department’s External Advisory Committee, which was an experience that she enjoyed tremendously.