October 28, 2010

Director toured petroleum engineering labs and recruited students to new public service careers in engineering

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, Director Michael R. Bromwich visited LSU on Tuesday, Oct. 26. As part of a five-campus recruitment tour, Bromwich spoke with petroleum engineering students about new opportunities for careers in public service with BOEMRE and the ways in which they can advance the agency’s mission of developing oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

“We welcome the opportunity to show Director Bromwich the PERRT well facility, which provides LSU Petroleum Engineering students the opportunity to learn hands-on well control procedures,” said Stephen Sears, chair of LSU’s Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering. “Following a tour of the well facility, Director Bromwich will be addressing the Petroleum Engineering Department’s Senior Design class. The students and faculty in this class are very interested in learning more about his vision for the future development of offshore oil and gas, and the opportunities for petroleum engineering graduates in the regulatory agencies.” 

The director’s visit to LSU is part of an ongoing agency initiative to recruit students from the nation’s top colleges and universities for careers in public service.

“We are in the midst of a very exciting time at BOEMRE, reorganizing the agency and strengthening its regulatory and oversight functions,” said Bromwich.  “The agency has a bright and challenging future, and should be an appealing place for young and talented engineers to use their distinctive expertise to serve the public interest.  We want to make engineering students – and petroleum engineering students in particular – aware of the challenges and opportunities that await them in our agency.  To that end, I look forward to engaging LSU’s Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering students in these issues.”

BOEMRE hopes to extend offers for approximately 60 full-time positions and 15-20 intern opportunities in the Gulf region by the end of the year. Bromwich’s Recruitment Tour includes visits to LSU, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Houston, Texas A&M University and University of Texas-Austin.

“LSU appreciates Director Bromwich visiting our campus and describing a uniquely impactful opportunity for graduating engineers,” said Richard Koubek, dean of LSU’s College of Engineering. “I believe the LSU Engineering experience is particularly well-suited for a societal role such as this.”
BOEMRE is particularly interested in expanding its field of inspectors and engineers. This includes petroleum engineers, structural engineers, electrical engineers, safety engineers and mechanical engineers. The bureau will also be hiring professionals to develop and conduct training programs.

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 Article by Mimi  Lavalle , LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu


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