How a Chance Internship Inspired My Career in the Oil Industry – SIAM News

By: Anusha Sekar

Anusha Sekar partakes in a hike with her family. Chevron’s flexible work culture encourages a healthy work-life balance. Image credit: Bharad Anju

~ The story of my career begins at the midpoint of my graduate studies. After earning my master’s in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, I moved to the University of Washington (UW) to complete my Ph.D. I was working on my thesis in 2006 when my advisor, Kenneth Bube, hosted John Washbourne, a scientist from Chevron Corporation. Ken had a long history of collaboration with researchers at Chevron, but I had only a nebulous idea of the content of this research. John offered me an internship, but I was hesitant at first. At the time, my goal was to finish my thesis and work in math education. I wasn’t completely sure if I wanted to pursue a career in industry. …


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