Shell International Exploration and Production
Q. What branch of the military did you serve under?
What was your position
in the military?
A. I served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer
Captain and a company commander.
Q. What were your responsibilities in the military?
A. I was responsible for a US base camp
in Korea, over $1 billion worth of munitions located at
81 different locations, the health, morale, and welfare
of 20 US and Korean Soldiers, and managing over 100 US and
Korean civilian employees.
I was hand selected to command the ammunitions unit with
the most assets on the peninsula as an Engineer Officer.
I coordinated and completed the largest coalition ammunition
inventory ever resulting in account validation.
Q. What is your current position?
A. I'm a Project Engineer at Shell International
Exploration and Production.
Q. Serving in the military provides great leadership
skills. Beyond that, what skills and experiences did you
learn in the military that enable you to be successful on
A. I work in the Unconventional Oil Group
and my military experience directly translates to my current
job. My team is implementing new technology in undeveloped
areas to do something that's never been done before. Knowing
how to coordinate efforts and work with atypical materials,
in a new area with people I know little about, directly
relates to my job at Shell. I think one of the benefits
of being a military hire is working with people from a variety
of different cultures and backgrounds to achieve one goal.
Shell is an international company operating all over the
world. Working overseas in the military, being on a coalition
team, and even leading a military unit consisting of people
from a variety of backgrounds, all prepared me for working
I especially like working at Shell because my abilities
as a leader have been utilized with an understanding that
I do not have an industry-specific technical background.
Every leader and manager within the company is willing to
work with me and my peers to develop the requisite knowledge.
Also, the networking groups which include experienced hires,
cultural and ethnic-based groups and prior military groups,
helped me transition from military to civilian.
Q. Did you use the benefits of the GI Bill to enhance
A. No. I graduated from the United States
Military Academy (West Point) and then the Army paid for
my Masters from the University of Missouri-Rolla in exchange
for two more years of active duty service.