Spring 2018 Commencement Keynote Speaker: Patricia Walker
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Patricia Walker is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but has now lived in Houston, Texas, for the last 32 years. She says she is “still an Okie at heart.” She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a BSc and in 1986 with an MSc degree in Geology from the Boone Pickens School of Geology in the College of Arts & Sciences. Following graduation she began work for ExxonMobil Production in 1986 as a production geologist with responsibilities for field mapping, reservoir characterization, and infill drilling for several fields in the Texas Gulf Coast. In 1991 she moved into ExxonMobil Exploration with assignments in Alaska and South America working regional scale to prospect scale opportunity generation. From 1997 to 2004, while balancing career and family, Patricia worked part-time as a geologic consultant focused on asset evaluations for independent oil companies and for ExxonMobil on regional projects in the Middle East, North Africa, Mexico, Russia and Australia. In 2004, she returned to ExxonMobil Exploration on a full-time basis and worked multiple assignments in a diversity of geologic settings in both a technical contributor role and a management role. In 2013, Patricia was named to a Senior Technical Consultant role in the Exploration Company and in 2015 promoted to Chief Geoscientist. Patricia Walker is married to another geoscientist at ExxonMobil and has two children – Amanda, 25, and Nathan, 22. She continues to be an active member in the AAPG, and serves on the advisory board for the OSU Boone Pickens School of Geology.