Category Archives: Engineering/Geology

Director of HS Engineering Academy – Mentor, Lane Matheson

Director of HS Engineering Academy  Mentor – Lane Matheson   Lane heads the Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High School (TEAM) where she teaches STEM courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics along with the skills they need to succeed in life. She began teaching high school after a successful ten-year career as an aerospace engineer where she worked on the International Space Station at McDonnell Douglas. She intended on teaching for only five years and then going back to her career as an aerospace engineer. But she decided to stay after seeing the positive impact her program was having on her students. Almost all of them went on to a four-year college and graduated. Besides academic classes, Lane gives her students a chance to compete in local, regional and national engineering competitions so they apply what they have learned to practical problem solving. The Memorial robotics teams have...

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STEM Academy Director – Mentor, Shea Ferrell

STEM Academy Director  Mentor, Shea Ferrell   Shea has been the Director of Tulsa Tech’s STEM Academy since 2013. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The curriculum is designed to prepare high school students for college programs in engineering and includes not just academic classes, but also hands-on projects where students can see how their course work in subjects like mathematics and physics is used to solve real world problems. The Academy has been highly successful under Shea’s leadership. Between 85% and 90% of each year’s Academy graduates go on to college and graduate with their engineering degree. While the Tulsa Tech STEM Academy graduates about one hundred students each year, over twice as many students apply. Many are turned down because of classroom space and resource limitations, not because these students do not have the academic qualifications. Shea has had an interesting career. He...

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Engineer, Educator, West Point Graduate, Mentor – Christella Chavez

Engineer, Educator, West Point Graduate Mentor - Christella Chavez   Christella grew up in a rural, largely Spanish speaking community in northeastern New Mexico with a very substandard school system. Her home life was easily characterized as dysfunctional and disadvantaged, as her father left the family when she was only 3 years old, and her mother was diagnosed with severe mental illness and was hospitalized most of her life. Chriss and her three siblings were raised by her maternal grandmother in an old adobe home with dirt floors, wood-burning stoves, and no indoor plumbing. She and her brother began selling newspapers when they were 8 and 9 to help raise money to feed herself and her siblings. By all accounts, Chriss would have been labeled as poor, disadvantaged and not expected to amount to much. Chriss overcame these disadvantages because she loved to learn. She learned to read at...

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Pipeline Engineer/ Mentor to Young Girls – Mentor- Suzanne Dodson

Pipeline Engineer/ Mentor to Young Girls  Mentor- Suzanne Dodson   Suzanne graduated cum laude from the University of Tulsa in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, she joined a division of the Williams Company that is now Magellan Midstream Partners where she is a Pipeline Integrity Engineer. Suzanne is also actively involved in encouraging young women to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She became a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) while she was still in college and is a past section president & leadership coach. She was a founding member of TU Women’s Robotics and currently a Girl Scout Troop leader, volunteering with several all-girl FIRST Lego League robotics teams where she works with elementary aged girls to teach them the principals of engineering. Suzanne wants girls to learn at an early age that they can make...

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Staffing Company President – Mentor – Lynn Flinn

Staffing Company President  Mentor - Lynn Flinn   Lynn is the President and Managing Partner of The Rowland Group, a staffing company with offices in Tulsa and Houston which specializes in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Information Technology and Engineering & Energy. She began her business career as an auditor for a nation-wide accounting firm. She then transitioned to controller for banking, oil & gas and publishing companies before a new career direction, joining a large staffing company. There she became a regional manager of twelve offices. After eleven years with the staffing company, she left to establish the Tulsa branch of EWF International (Executive Women’s Forum International), a peer advisory group for women in business and also established the Tulsa Chapter of OKEthics, a group of business men and women promoting ethical business practices in the state. In 2006, Lynn was asked by the founders of The...

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Engineer / Corporate Manager / Entrepreneur – Mentor, Tom Naugle

Engineer / Corporate Manager / Entrepreneur Mentor, Tom Naugle  Tom’s business career is a good example of what you can achieve with hard work, persistence and the ability to motivate and manage people. Tom paid for his education himself and started working to save for college while he was in high school and then continued to work during the summers while he was getting his BS in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State. After graduating, Tom began his business career as an engineer working for two chemical companies before a mentor encouraged him to apply to Harvard Business School and get an MBA. That degree opened the door to a position with Cooper Industries where he first worked in the corporate planning department and then went on to manage several of their divisions. He successfully turned around one failing business and improved the profitability of others before he was recruited...

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Architect / Civic Leader – Mentor, Andrew A. Kinslow

Architect / Civic Leader Mentor, Andrew A. Kinslow Andy started what is now called KKT Architects in 1989 with just two other people first doing interior design and space planning. His firm has since grown to become a full-service architecture, interior and engineering firm with fifty-six employees averaging over three million square feet of design space a year. The firm has designed a wide range of well-known local buildings including the new Unit Corporation headquarters, the Woody Guthrie Center, the Tulsa Historical Society and the Zarrow Center for the Arts as well as downtown revitalization projects including the Mayo 420 Apartments. KKT also developed the concept for the Oklahoma Weather Museum and Research Center, a tornado shaped building that has received international recognition for its innovative design. Andy gives back to his community and is a civic leader who has served on the boards of many organization including the...

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Senior Metallurgical Engineer – Mentor, Peter Kullen

Senior Metallurgical Engineer – Mentor, Peter Kullen Peter is an experienced metallurgical engineer who works for a large integrated steel producer that manufactures a wide range of steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries. He has a degree from Carnegie Mellon University, the fifth highest rated engineering school in the US. Peter works directly with over fifty of his company’s customers as a regional technical service engineer to make sure the steel used in their manufacturing process is optimally formulated for their applications and consults with his customers on ways to make their production processes that use his company’s steels more efficient. This kind of metallurgical engineering finds ways to reduce manufacturing costs and is critical to maintaining the quality of products manufactured in America and throughout the world. Engineering is also one of the highest paid professions...

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Chemical Engineer – Mentor, Jim Franklin

Chemical Engineer  Mentor, Jim Franklin This Mentor has over forty years experience as a chemical engineer. During that time, he has worked as a process design engineer, an operations manager for a major integrated oil company, a consulting engineer and as a design/ sales engineer for a major combustion equipment company. In these positions, Jim has designed complex process equipment for petrochemical plant expansions that improved the efficiency of the plant and reduced environment emissions.   In addition to designing equipment, Jim was a plant operations manager where he operated a plant that was build with equipment he designed. Later in his career, Jim specialized in the design and sales of combustion and emission reduction equipment for refineries, petrochemical plants, and oil/gas production facilities. His career as a chemical engineer has also given him the opportunity to travel to many interesting places around the world selling and helping install this...

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Consulting Engineer – Mentor, Glen Hall

Consulting Engineer – Mentor, Glen Hall Glen received his engineering degree from the University of Illinois and later obtained an MBA from the University of Michigan while he worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit. His career path later included jobs with a number of automotive suppliers. In his last position with a supplier, he was the Director of Operations over four plants and a distribution warehouse that employed 1400 people. Glen recently made another career change and became a consultant helping companies identify and hire engineering and manufacturing talent. Helping companies solve these staffing problems has allowed him to develop his own successful consulting practice. Glen’s article will be of interest to anyone considering engineering as a career and especially those who want to know more about mechanical and process engineering.   Overview I grew up on a farm in rural Illinois near Kentucky border. I was not...

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Sales Engineer/ CEO – Mentor, Tim McFerrin

Sales Engineer, a Non Traditional Career for an Engineering School Graduate –Mentor, Tim McFerrin  Tim McFerrin is a graduate of the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Kansas and the President and CEO of the Myers-Aubrey Company headquartered in Tulsa, OK. Myers-Aubrey is a Manufacturer’s Representative with 30 employees spread over six offices in the Midwest. The company has been in business for 86 years and Tim is only the 4th President. In his article, he shares with you some of the life lessons he has learned. If you follow this Mentor’s suggestions, your chances of building a successful career in any field you ultimately choose will increase dramatically.   Overview I want to tell young people about a career that most would consider non-traditional for a graduate from an Engineering School, a manufactures sales representative. Nothing happens in this world until something is sold. Think about this...

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Petroleum Engineer – Mentor, Larry Robinson

This mentor recently retired from Chevron, one of the largest public oil and gas  companies in the US. He rose through the ranks and was given a variety of assignments within the company including the opportunity to work overseas as well as in the United States. In his article, he points out the steps he took to broaden his expertise. He also offers several  suggestions on how to get started in this profession after you graduate from college as well as how to manage your career once you are hired. Petroleum engineering is currently the highest paid profession for people who obtain a a four year degree and the highest paid category within  the various engineering specialties.  Nine of  the top ten jobs  for a four year college graduate based on both starting salaries and lifetime earnings are in engineering. All engineering categories are also projected to have some of the highest projected growth rates...

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Systems Engineer/Information Technology – Mentor, Kirk Miller

This Mentor has had an interesting career path within the IT industry.  He rose to a position with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the US where he was the Director of Service Delivery and a Security Operations Manager. But like many young people, he started out on another career path before he got his engineering degree. His article contains a number of personal experiences and suggestions for the best ways to prepare yourself for a career in this field and suggestions about entry level jobs and the experience you need to have to advance in an IT engineering career. Like all engineering careers, becoming a systems engineer offers one of the highest starting salaries and lifetime earnings. It is also one of the categories within the engineering profession with the highest projected growth. As expected, when writing about Information Technology, IT, and computer career options and opportunities...

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