09 Jul

Anna Tan

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Petroleum Engineer

Chapter: UT Austin
Class/Semester: Chi Class, Spring 2005
Linename: Commando
Major/Minor: B.S. Textiles & Apparel Design, Business Foundations - Univ of Texas, B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Univ of Houston
Hobbies: Soccer, Yoga, Weight lifting, Cooking, Travel, Toastmasters

Q. What do you do for a living now?
A. Petroleum Engineer in oil & gas industry. My current role is the project coordinator for our divestment activities in the Mid-Continent Business Unit. I work with different groups to help prepare packages for sale and ensure smooth transition after closing.

Q. Where are you employed?
A. Chevron

Q. What is your job description?
A. Petroleum engineer is a broad discipline that encompasses work related to producing hydrocarbons.

Q. Did you ever envisage doing this while you were in school?
A. No, technical outreach programs were not resources made known to me as a child or parents.

Q. How did you become interested in your field?
A. Networking with others to understand other career options

Q. What have been the biggest challenges in your career?
A. Deciding to change my career and returning to school to obtain a technical degree in engineering.

Q. What do you wish you had known in college to better prepare you for the professional world?
A. Excel and to be confident in my abilities. Learn what career aspirations others are doing

Q. What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
A. Graphic design, freelance, contract work

Q. What has been your most memorable aKDPhi moment thus far?
A. One of my favorite moments was a secret sisterhood a few of us planned for the chapter. We had a special theme and asked everyone to dress a certain way, planned skits and offered food based on our theme.

Q. How has being a sister of aKDPhi impacted your career and who you are today?
A. The different roles I took on in aKDPhi (Publicity Chair, Treasurer, NB Secretary/Historian) has prepared me to become a project coordinator of a dynamic, fast-paced project within my company. I’ve used the base skills from those roles - communication with different learning styles, time management & efficiency, adapting to new situations - to become a leader and deliver results that affect the company’s bottom line.

Q. What advice would you give to the actives who aspire to follow the same career path?
A. Be good at what you do and seek out mentors.

Q. What would you say to a prospective girls interested in becoming aKDPhi?
A. It will change your life. I’m surprised at how many close friendships I still maintain with the sisters I met in the sorority. It is even a greater benefit to be able to increase your network.

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