Halliburton geologists spend their free time educating and mentoring future geologists.
At Halliburton, giving back to the communities where we live and work is integral to our culture. Education is one of our four Pillars of Giving, and employees around the world contribute to youth educational programs on energy-related subjects. In the United Kingdom, a few geologists from our Landmark Software product service line recently took time to share their passion for geology with students from primary school to university.
Senior Geoscientist Mark Reynald taught primary students about the importance of geosciences for energy. He brought his personal collection of rocks and fossils to showcase. “I’m passionate to educate students on the role of oil and gas in the wider energy sector and the need for science in many different career paths,” he said.
The students asked him many ‘why’ questions, such as “Why did you want to be a geologist?” and “Why are fossils important?” Mark said he is always impressed by the curiosity and insight students provide. “Their questions rejuvenated some interesting answers on innovation for myself and for my industry going forward in geoscience,” he said.
At a local school, Lawrie Cowliff, geoscientist and principal technical professional, taught students how to identify rocks. From a sample of rocks Lawrie provided, the class worked to determine the type of rock, when it may have been formed, and from what environment it may have come from.
“I am passionate about geology and enjoy interacting with anyone about it,” he said. “It has a great mix of the sciences and is more relevant than ever given climatic, energy, and engineering themes in the world at the moment.” He added “Geology is a fundamental part of the world’s present-day and future energy ecosystem, as well as providing the raw materials for everyday technological and medical items”. The students also tested Lawrie to identify rocks they found around their houses and school. Lawrie’s other volunteering efforts include organizing conferences for a variety of industry professional societies and being a member of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Europe Region Committee.
“I received great support and advice from many professors and professionals while at university, and I am happy to pay that forward.” – Daniel Slidel, team lead – geospatial data and delivery
Daniel Slidel, team lead – geospatial data and delivery, spends time volunteering with various organizations. One of those is the Scouts Association, to which he credits his early love of geology after joining at five years old. He is now a scout leader and runs weekly meetings, camps, and adventurous activities.
He is also part of a mentorship group for university students studying geosciences. During his own time at university, he had many mentors who were vital to his success and future career. “I received great support and advice from many professors and professionals while at university, and I am happy to pay that forward.”
Daniel works with the UK Association of Fossil Hunters to lead various fossil hunt excursions throughout the country for the public. “I like to share my passion with others and impart some knowledge that may create memorable life experiences for people.”
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