Shell Sponsors Oil and Gas Industry Short Course: April 23-24, 2016

Posted on 05.17.2016
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New for 2016!  Royal Dutch Shell, a longtime corporate supporter of the department, sponsored a short course aimed at introducing students to the science and practices of the Oil and Gas Industry.

Petroleum Geologist Marsha Bourque from Houston presented an introduction to petroleum geoscience and engineering for 27 students, both graduate and undergraduate, from the departments of Geology, Civil Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.  Through the use of PowerPoint presentations, video clips, movies and web pages, students learned how petroleum geoscientists and engineers work together to explore for and retrieve oil and gas.  This course is designed for students who have little knowledge of the industry and would like to learn about both the practice of petroleum geology and the nature of career they might pursue.  Course participants received copies of the Powerpoint presentations and links to relevant internet resources.


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Marsha Bourque is a Petroleum Geologist with more than 35 years of field, project, and administrative experience in the Gulf of Mexico, encompassing  geoscience operations, lease evaluation, reservoir management, developing new business opportunities and aggressive cost containment.  She began her career with Chevron, followed by Mobil in New Orleans, LA.   She then moved to Houston, where she worked in a diverse array of roles for BP, Statoil, and ConocoPhillips.  Drawing on her extensive and broad industry experience, she became a consultant and technical trainer.  She has carried out training and short courses for several major companies including Shell.  Marsha has also served on numerous committees for the National Science Foundation, the American Geological Institute, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Houston Geological Society. 

Marsha received a bachelor's degree in Geology and Political Science from Vassar. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.