2014 - 2015 Leadership Board

Corporate Relations Cockrell School of Engineering

Corporate Relations

Cockrell School of Engineering

Prachi Mehta

Prachi is a graduate student in petroleum engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin. She is a graduate research assistant working in the nanoparticles for subsurface engineering (NSE) group at PGE. Also, she interned in the nanotechnology group at Baker Hughes over the summer. Her current research involves application of nanoparticles for heating applications in the oil & gas industry. Prior to this, she did her bachelors in petroleum refining technology and worked at the world’s largest grass-roots refinery, Reliance Industries Ltd., India. Prachi’s interest in oil & gas has inspired her to advance her learning and encompass all fields of petroleum – from downstream to upstream. On a personal level, she loves exploring new places and writing stories.

Corporate Relations School of Law

Corporate Relations

School of Law

Kate Juelis

Kate Juelis is a third-year student at UT Law and served as co-VP of Corporate Sponsorship or the Longhorn Energy Club. In addition, she is Director of External Relations for TJOGE, nd is President of the UT Chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.Kate holds a bachelor's degree in government and history from Georgetown University. During her time in D.C., she interned on Capitol Hill for the US Senate and various industry groups. She has maintained her interest in policy and lawmaking, and currently serves as a Law Clerk at the Texas Oil and Gas Association in Austin. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and college basketball.

Finance McCombs School of Business


McCombs School of Business

Alex Dey

Alex is a second year MBA at the McCombs School of Business. He came to Austin from Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program financing the deployment of utility scale renewable energy projects. Alex graduated in the class of 2009 from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Economics.

Entrepreneurship LBJ School of Public Affairs


LBJ School of Public Affairs

Jason Wible

Jason held field engineering, service quality, and equipment maintenance and crew management positions at oil and gas services company Schlumberger from 2000 to 2009. Jason’s work at Schlumberger included reservoir evaluation and productivity projects for major operating companies like ConocoPhilips and BP and on the North Slope of Alaska and deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico. From 2009 to 2013, Jason served as a Principal for a technology start-up company participating in all areas of the business from product conception through commercialization, fund raising, team building, and growth. Jason started his career as an engineer at Hunt Refining Company. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and earned both a BS in Chemical Engineering, with Honors, and a BS in Biological Sciences, with Honors, from the University of Alabama.

Research School of Architecture


School of Architecture

Vivek Shastry

Vivek is a graduate student in the School of Architecture, pursuing dual majors in Community and Regional  Planning, and Sustainable Design. He holds a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India. With an underlying focus on energy, Vivek investigates issues that lie at the intersection of Design, policy and planning. His current research looks at the spatial distribution and social impacts of solar power projects in India, for which he was awarded the William Emis Travel Scholarship at UT. Prior to graduate school, he was a summer research fellow at the Indian Institute of Science. Vivek is a certified LEED Green Associate, a J N Tata Scholar and currently the recipient of Joy & Morin Scott/Sally & John Byram Graduate Fellowship at the School of Architecture.

Research College of Natural Sciences


College of Natural Sciences

Nikos Vergos

Nikos is a graduate student at the University of Texas Department of Physics (College of Natural Sciences) and a research assistant for the Institute for Fusion Studies (US Department of Energy). He holds a Diploma in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. His current research involves theoretical and computational modeling of thermonuclear plasma instabilities for magnetic confinement fusion reactors, the ITER project and science education. Nikos has been awarded the William S. Livingston Outstanding Assistant Instructor award by the University of Texas Graduate School as well as a number of scholarships and travel grants. He is passionate about sustainable energy research, education and development and STEM lifelong learning.

Marketing School of Law


School of Law

Miriam Anderson

Miriam is a third-year student in the UT School of Law, concentrating on energy and environmental law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from UT-Austin, where she was a member of the honors society. While an undergraduate student, she wrote a thesis focused on hydraulic fracturing in Texas. Miriam is an editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL), and the choreographer for the law school's theatre group Assault and Flattery. While in law school Miriam has worked as a summer associate with the energy transactional and environmental groups at Norton Rose Fulbright and with the oil and gas corporate group at Winston & Strawn. 

Research Competition Cockrell School of Engineering

Research Competition

Cockrell School of Engineering

Abigail Ondeck

Abigail Ondeck is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she previously attended Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where she conducted research on the synthesis of nanoparticulate catalysts to be used in the production of syngas via the Fischer-Tropsch process, and the creation of gold nanoparticles for chiral drug separation. She graduated in May 2012 from CMU with a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Her current research concentrates on modeling, scheduling, and control of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant with integrated renewable energies for a residential neighborhood.

Energy Week Logistics Cockrell School of Engineering

Energy Week Logistics

Cockrell School of Engineering

Chris Klabunde

Chris is a graduate student in the Petroleum Engineering program at the Cockrell School of Engineering, UT-Austin.  He recently interned with the Railroad Commission of Texas for their Oil and Gas division.  Chris received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from UT-Austin in 2010.  After graduation, he worked for an oil and gas facilities contractor as a lead field engineer.  He worked on several projects in North America including offshore platform fabrication in Corpus Christi, TX and facilities fabrication for oil extraction of the Canadian oil sands in Alberta.