Ty Nielson

Ty Nielson grew up an avid wrestler.  A good portion of his young years were spent in the wrestling room.  He also lived 7 years in Russia and speaks the language fluently. One day he hopes to use this skill in the oil and gas industry.  He is married to the love of his life Allie.  His favorite quote right now is “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  This is the philosophy by which we plan to live this year with SPE.  We can all grow and achieve greater levels of success together.  Ty could not be more excited about what the next school year has to offer.  We have so many opportunities and we will take advantage of them all.  It is our hope that our department will be better off one year from now because of the work we do.  Our three main area of focus this year are student involvement, exposure to industry, and service.  If you would like to be involved contact us and we will make it happen.  We need all hands on deck to make this the best year of SPE yet.



Devin SamahaDevin Samaha is a Petroleum Engineering student at Louisiana State University. He joined the United States Marine Corps after high school and served five years prior to attending college. Devin worked with Chevron during the summer of 2014 as a Production Engineer Intern and a Drilling Engineer Intern the summer of 2015. Devin’s career goal is to become a drilling engineer and drill wells in ultra-deep waters. In his downtime, Devin enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling, attending LSU sporting events, and spending time with family.



Andrew RoussellAndrew Roussell
 is from Raceland, Louisiana and is a senior in Petroleum Engineering, pursuing a minor in Business Administration and Environmental Engineering and is planning on graduating in May 2017. He is fascinated with the science and challenge of meeting the future energy needs of the world. Andrew is an inducted member of LSU Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society of Leadership and Success, LSU Phi Sigma Theta Academic Honor Society, and a recipient of the SPE Delta Section and LSU COE Alumni Scholarships. Andrew serves as a LSU College of Engineering (COE) STEP Peer Mentor and Encounter Engineering (E2) Camp Group Leader; as well as a Supplemental Instructor.  In his free time, Andrew enjoys to go to the gym, fish, and play various sports such as golf and football. Known for his honesty, integrity, and respect for others, Andrew will strive to respectfully serve his fellow SPE members.



Gabby Ciaston

Gabby Ciaston is from Slidell, LA and has lived in the Netherlands as well as Houston, TX. She studies Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Geology and plans to graduate May 2017. Outside of her involvement in SPE, Gabby is also an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha here at LSU, where she serves on the academics committee. In her free time, she loves traveling the world and spending time with her family and friends. Gabby is very excited about this upcoming school year and is dedicated to working with the team members to make this one of the most successful years in LSU SPE history.



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Michael Formby

Michael Formby is from Slidell, LA and graduated from LSU in 2008 with a degree in Sociology. He returned in August of 2013 to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering and plans to graduate in May of 2017. He is an active member of SPE, AADE, and currently works for the Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTT LAB) as a student worker, assisting customers in simulations and training exercises. Outside of school and work, he enjoys fishing, golf, and all LSU sports.



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Jeff Bardwell is a sophomore studying petroleum engineering from Mandeville, LA and he plans to graduate in May of 2018.  This summer he has an internship with Aramco Services Company working in Upstream Research.  His career goal is to become a drilling engineer.  Outside of his involvement with SPE, Jeff is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and a team leader for Volunteer LSU’s Community Bound. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, listening to music, and playing basketball.




Tristan Moreau graduated in History from LSU in 2011 and is currently working towards a second undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering. With plans to graduate in May 2016, he exhibits a dedication to academics by evidence of his 3.5 overall GPA and active involvement in SPE. This summer, Tristan is happy to be working here in Baton Rouge at Audubon Engineering where he hopes to gain a better understanding of both the upstream and midstream process of the oil and gas industry. In his free time, Tristan enjoys adding to his music collection, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ashley BenekeAshley Beneke is a junior majoring in Petroleum Engineering and double minoring in Geology & International Studies. As well as being involved in SPE, she also an active member of Delta Zeta where she serves on the Academics Committee. She is also a member of Pi Epsilon Tau Petroleum Engineering Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and teaches Spin Classes at LSU’s University Recreation Center.  Ashley is the Recipient of the MS Chapter of SPE scholarship, the Shell Technical Scholarship, and the Marathon Oil Petroleum Engineering Scholarship.  She interned with Pruet Oil Co. during the summer of 2014, and then for Chevron in 2015 as a Drilling Engineer Intern.  She is extremely excited to be a part of all the great things SPE will accomplish this year.