SDSU’s PetroAzteca IBA Team Wins the AAPG Pacific Section Competition

2014 IBA Team

left to right: Bennett Spevack, Kip Hering, Andy Jerrett, Kaitlin Wessel, Trevor Swindell, Mike Verrier, Diane Cheung-Harris

SDSU’s 2014 Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team, PetroAzteca, has won the AAPG Pacific Section Semi-Finals. It was a close tough competition against California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, California State University – Bakersfield, California State University – Long Beach, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of California – Santa Barbara. April 4th the Team will compete against teams world wide in Houston Texas.

Trevor Swindell (right) accepting the award from our alumni Bryant Fulk (left) (AAPG Student Chapter Committee Chair)

Trevor Swindell (right) accepting the award from our alumni Bryant Fulk (left) (AAPG Student Chapter Committee Chair)

Fresh in from our SDSU AAPG Student Chapter representative Trevor Swindell in Pittsburgh at the AAPG Annual Convention:

The results for the student chapter Youtube competition…

1st place: San Diego State University

Thanks everyone for your support and “likes” for the video, Taylor Carrasco put a lot of work in to producing the video and it has paid off. The video was shown to a crowd of >200 student members and those who play a key role in the student program. This could not be possible without the volunteerism and enthusiastic student participation that we have developed at SDSU. Let’s keep this rolling into the Fall 2013 semester and beyond.

Go Aztecs!

SDSU 2013 Featured Graduate

The San Diego State University graduating class of 2013 is filled with future doctors, researchers, academics and artists. With nearly 9,100 degree candidates, Karl Bloor is one of the students whose transformational college experience has led him to an impactful career path.

Karl Bloor, 28, M.S., geology


Karl Bloor is graduating with a master’s in geology and will be accepting a job as a geoscientist for Chevron in Houston in June. As a geoscientist, Bloor will study the physical components of the Earth to provide research and development opportunities for the company.

After moving to the United States with his family at the age of 12, Bloor, a New Zealand native, overcame financial struggles to achieve a better life for him and his family.

Not only did he manage graduate level coursework, he also operated his own construction company. Bloor quickly became a master of life management by balancing his work and a class schedule.

“I want to be able to support my family without the struggles that I grew up with,” said Bloor.

While at SDSU, he excelled as a student leader. He served as president for the student chapter of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, was recognized by Department of Geology faculty and has been selected for several scholarships.


Original post from SDSU NewsCenter