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Petroleum Engineering Graduate Lands Dream Job

June 22, 2018
Woman poses for photo at ski resort
Petroleum engineering graduate Tylynn Smith took advantage of Laramie's unique outdoor opportunities while attending school and worked as a ski patroller at Snowy Range Ski Area.

(This story appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of UWyo Magazine and was written by UWyo Editor Micaela Myers.)


Tylynn Smith secured her job with Royal Dutch Shell as a drilling engineer before graduating from the University of Wyoming in the winter of 2017. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a minor in outdoor leadership.

“It’s like my dream job, and I’m really excited about it,” Smith says. “I’ll be starting as a drilling engineer in training in the Gulf of Mexico. I didn’t want a desk job as an engineer. I want to work in the field and travel. I hope that working with a global company like Shell, I can one day be sent abroad.”

As a student, Smith completed three internships with Shell and served on different teams. Shell is home to many UW graduates, including key members of the leadership team.

A Daniels Fund recipient from Ruidoso, N.M., Smith had her pick of universities but chose UW for its excellent petroleum engineering program, small-town feel and recreational opportunities.

“I really love the outdoors, and I ski a lot,” she says. “The longer I lived here, the more I liked it.”

This winter, Smith worked as a ski patroller at Snowy Range Ski Area.

“I worked at the UW Outdoor Program for four years,” Smith says. “I feel like I grew and got a second degree at the same time.”

During her time at UW, Smith spent a semester abroad in Switzerland.

“UW was phenomenal,” she says. “It was an exchange, so I paid tuition like I would here. What other time in your life can you do that?”

Smith also participated in Campus Ventures ministry work and was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

UW’s alumni connections and professors of practice set UW apart, Smith says: “The network UW provided is really special.” She also loves UW’s affordability, quality and sense of community.

“I’m convinced you get just as good of an education here as you would at any Ivy League school,” she says. “Shell hires from all over. I was paired with interns from MIT, Harvard and Stanford, and I felt I was just as competitive and just as knowledgeable from my schooling here as they were. I think that speaks to how the university develops you. I’m sold.”


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