Joe Estep

Joe Estep
B.S. EAS 2009
Chevron, Earth Science Division
Houston, Texas
Please briefly describe your current job: 
We specialize in generating depth image volumes of subsalt hydrocarbon prospects in deep water environments for exploration and appraisal.
What is your favorite part of your current position: 
It's fascinating to be involved in projects of such massive scale (both physically & financially), and being on the far upstream end allows me to observe how our work and products are implemented as a project progresses.
How did your EAS education prepare you for your current job?: 
I've honestly found utility in courses I took across the gamut in terms of geophysics vs. geochemistry vs. planetary science vs. computer science. It's probably no surprise that, being in the oil & gas industry, I do lean more heavily on skills from the geophysics, geofluids, and computing courses. But I think the best preparation I received from my EAS education is diversity: of thought and culture. I learned effective approaches for problem solving and critical thinking, and that rote memorization isn't adequate for addressing many real questions. Also, EAS consists of and embraces a melting pot of cultures and ideologies - which is what a thriving global community looks like. Exposure to cultural diversity via EAS was a tremendous help towards growth of perspective and understanding
What do you wish you had known as an EAS undergraduate in order to land the job of your dreams?: 
At the time I felt like networking was just a buzz word that didn't really mean anything - it turns out, networking is quite important! When I started at Chevron, I found out that it's rare to get an industry position without having any internships - so, I would encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to pursue those opportunities if interested in industry positions.