Deepwater Facilities Engineer
When she was picked to fill her current role as Lead Facilities Engineer for Chevron’s Petronius offshore oil platform, Mariana Verdi knew that she had to augment her background as a civil engineer to develop her skills in mechanical and chemical engineering applications within the Oil & Gas industry.
With her determination and ability to learn on the job, Ms. Verdi soon found herself managing over $38 million worth of operations, improving the reliability of equipment on the platform by as much as 15%, and saving $5 million in marine costs and operating expenses in just two years. Her success led to additional responsibilities as Project Manager for the $20 million installation of a new subsea multiphase pump for the oil giant.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Verdi moved to Miami with her family at the age of five, and was attracted to the universal language of math and science as an ESL student who was eventually moved into a gifted students program. Always conscious of the financial burden her education placed upon her now divorced parents, she began working at an early age and applied for scholarships that helped her finance her B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida.
It was at UF that Ms. Verdi got involved in a minority freshman engineering transition program called STEPUP, which named her Most Outstanding Female Student. Paying it forward the next year, she was selected as Most Outstanding Mentor. After graduating magna cum laude, she began her career at Chevron as an Asset Retirement Engineer.
Throughout her life, Ms. Verdi’s heart has always been with her community. In 2014, she helped initiate and became site leader for a local chapter of Somos, the Chevron Hispanic Employee Network. She participates at monthly volunteer events sponsored by Chevron, including serving at local food banks, and is the recipient of the 2016 SHPE Promising Engineer Award.
-By Vinnie Longobardo