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Drew Evans

K-State graduation year: May 2011 
Degree: Bachelor's of Science - Geology 
Other degree received: Master’s of Science - Geology
Current employer: Geostock Sandia     
Position: Subsurface Geologist

How many times, if any, did you change your major during college?

Once.

Describe the process of choosing your major.

I consulted with my family and academic advisors and based off my interests, they all suggested geology. 

What activities/organizations were you involved in while in college?
  • Williston Geology Club
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Did you complete an internship or have related work experience prior to receiving your job?

Yes, I was fortunate enough to have three internships in the Oil & Gas industry, placing me in new and unique situations.  Those internships taught me a lot about business relations, but most importantly it taught me how to apply what I learned in school to the real world.  It also educated me on different aspects of geology that would never had been presented to me in class, such as well logging, mapping and reservoir characterization.

Describe the process of finding your first job.

The best and most useful resource is networking and meeting new people.  This certainly earned me my first internship.  The other way is to get involved with American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  This group holds bi-annual student expos that allowed students to meet other students and more importantly, meet people from the industry seeking out interns and future employees. It took me a relatively short time to find my internships, but finding full employment required me 3 months after graduating. 

Briefly describe a typical day at your job.

Enter the office, review my notes from the other day and continue whatever the current project is on my schedule.  This usually involves evaluated well logs, maps and other subsurface data such as production and 3D seismic.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The old school approach to do the subsurface work, which means not using a computer to do the thinking for you. 

What are the most challenging aspects of your job?

Putting all the pieces together for the client in a well written geologic report and meeting the boss’s standards.

What advice would you give someone interested in your field?

Take mineralogy and petrology seriously.  Those two classes have been crucial in the job.  Also, challenge yourself to learn things important to the industry you want to work in through magazines, clubs and professionals.

What were the stepping stones that led to your current career?

Contacts were the key and also my internship experiences.

What job have you enjoyed the most and why?

So far Geostock has been great because of the work environment and the how specialized the job is.

What were the major lifestyle changes your first year out of college that made the transition hard from college to the world of work and how did you adapt?

The biggest change was scheduling.  I went from working around a short curriculum schedule with which I could adjust freely between research, nightlife and free-time.  Now my schedule is dominated by work and lack of free-time. 

What tips do you have for current undergrads about opportunities they should definitely take advantage of while they are in school?

Get involved with American Association of Petroleum Geologists and take the opportunity to live in the residence halls.

Was there a specific class you remember that sparked your interest in your career direction?

Dr. Tottens Subsurface Mapping course

Was there a specific person in college who had a significant impact on your life or career?

Juli Moore.  Juli was a grad student when I was an undergrad and she was a huge source of information about geology and the necessary steps required to become a good geologist.  She was a good mentor to me which she continues to be as well as a good friend. 

Do you keep in touch with your college classmates? How have those relationships influenced your career?

Yes.  Because it is networking, it leaves me opportunities to possibly move elsewhere and it lets me know different aspects and approaches to geology.