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Montana Tech Receives Top Award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers


December 3, 2015

Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of AADE Montana Tech 2015 Scholarship Receipients.Montana Tech has been named the winner of the second annual Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (DFW AADE) Drillers Cup. The award recognizes the school with the most scholarship recipients out of 13 distinguished engineering schools across the country. The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers’ mission is to help promote education and career opportunities for students who we hope will be future contributors and leaders in our profession.

The DFW AADE awarded scholarships to seven Montana Tech students for the 2015–2016 school year. Applicants from thirteen universities across the country were evaluated in seven components:  GPA, part-time work, industry experience, leadership, philanthropy, written essay and financial need. Montana Tech petroleum engineering students Nicholas Olson, Jesse Spore, Joshua Mirabdolbaghi, Ashley Belvin, Paul Nepine, Brooklyn Vosen, and Gunnar Kayser each received a $3,000 scholarship.

ABOUT THE SCHOALRSHIP RECIPIENTS: Nicholas Olson is from Shelby, MT. He is a junior at Montana Tech and will graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering in the spring of 2017. He is very involved with his children and all of their activities. He tries to help out in the community where he can, and he is involved in various school, and community groups.

Jesse Spore was born in Rifle, CO and raised in Missoula, MT. He is a sophomore at Montana Tech and will graduate in the spring of 2018 in petroleum engineering. He has been an officer of AADE his freshman and sophomore years at Montana Tech and plans to run for a leadership role next year, such as president. He has two older brothers, the oldest graduated from Montana Tech in 2014 and the middle brother is graduating this spring from Montana Tech. Both brothers graduated in petroleum engineering. He hopes to graduate and find a job in Drilling and Completions somewhere in the northwest…hopefully in his home state of Colorado.

Joshua Mirabdolbaghi is a Butte, Montana native and a post baccalaureate student at Montana Tech. He grew up taking full advantage of "God's country," skiing every weekend during the winters and fishing and kayaking during the rest of the year. A strong passion for soccer pushed him to play varsity soccer all four years of high school and he was the Team Captain his senior year leading his team through a season defined by overcoming obstacles and achievement. After high school he attended Gonzaga University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. He worked part-time as a Teaching Assistant for several chemistry courses, played on the Gonzaga Club Soccer team, and completed a senior thesis research project. During his freshmen year his younger sister, Sara, was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer. The remainder of his Gonzaga career was dedicating to supporting his sister while continuing his academics. However, this battle ended when Sara passed away during his last semester of college. Over the next year he found peace and recovery guiding on the rivers of Oregon and skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After working in medicine for several years he decided to move back to Montana and pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in petroleum engineering. He is in his first semester at Montana Tech and will graduate in December of 2017. When he is not studying or working at the local distillery, he helps coach high school soccer, goes fishing and kicks back with family and friends.

Ashley Belvin is a senior from Grants, NM. She will graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering in May of 2016. She moved to Helena, Montana and attended high school, where she first learned about Montana Tech's petroleum program. Since fall of 2012, she has remained an exemplary student and an active member/officer of AADE.

Paul Nepine is a senior from Bozeman, MT. He will graduate with a petroleum engineering degree in the fall of 2016. He has interned with Baker Hughes in the Eagle Ford basin and is actively pursuing other intern opportunities for the upcoming summer. Paul has one daughter and is passionate about recruiting Native American youth to pursue STEM education. In his spare time he enjoys golf and spending time with family.

Brooklyn Vosen is a fifth generation Montanan studying petroleum engineering in her senior year. She has completed two internships with ConocoPhillips and will graduate in the spring of 2016. Currently she is working on research in the field of drilling fluids at Montana Tech. In her rare and valuable spare time she can be found volunteering in her local community or guiding backcountry hunting and fly fishing trips in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness. Brooklyn is a two time recipient of the DFW Scholarship.

Gunnar Kayser is a junior from Spokane, WA. He is currently pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering along with a minor in business. He will be interning with Aera Energy this summer in Bakersfield California. Gunnar plays for the Montana Tech Oredigger football team and starts at strong safety. He is the proud son of Helen and Doug Kayser. Gunnar is a two time recipient of the DFW Scholarship.

For more information, please visit http://www.aade.org/chapters/dallas-ft-worth/scholarship-program/.