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Rigoberto Lopez

Subsea Wells Supervisor

Global Wells Organization

GoM Subsea Wells Team

BP

M.S. candidate, petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University; B.S., mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University.

As the child of Mexican immigrant parents and the first in his family to graduate college, Rigoberto Lopez has felt a duty to excel and to be a role model for others in his community. A product of a gifted students program in elementary school, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut and attended summer engineering programs.  To this end, he applied to the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, where he finished his last two years of high school and first two years of college simultaneously.  He also interned at the NASA Johnson Space Center at the furtive age of 16. 

After graduating from TAMS, Mr. Lopez enrolled at Texas A&M University to pursue his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He continued finding internships that fit his passion, this time at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab working on the Mars rover. During his senior year in college he became the President and Founder of Aggies for Global Education, a group organized to promote STEM to the next generation. He raised over $10,000 and held a week-long engineering camp in Costa Rica covering topics in Structures, Aerospace, Energy, and Robotics.

Mr. Lopez’s passion soon turned from exploring the depths of space to exploring the depths of the ocean.  He took internships at FMC Technologies and BP to work on deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico. As he moved into the energy industry, he found a fast-paced environment that fit his personality. Soon he was contributing to world-class projects on some of the biggest and most advanced structures in the world, including posts overseas to Brazil, Qatar and Costa Rica. 

After graduation, he began working full-time for BP as a subsea wells engineer. He spent a year working offshore on drill ships, where he gained invaluable experience in deepwater completions and interventions. He later supported daily rig operations from the office by writing well programs, managing costs and schedules, and leading risk assessments. He also worked in the aftermarket group to deliver subsea equipment as required by rig schedules. 

Mr. Lopez graduated early from BP’s Challenge training program which included industry courses, offshore experience, detailed engineering design, project management, and leadership development. He was promoted to his current role as a Subsea Wells Supervisor working as a rotational offshore engineer responsible for the installation of wellhead equipment and well control systems for deepwater wells. 

Mr. Lopez’s drive and ambition led to him pursue a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  He’s currently enrolled part-time at Texas A&M University, and he’s focusing on drilling & completion and petroleum economics.  His final project is on performing probabilistic production forecasting and reserves estimating to optimize well spacing based on completion design and well performance.

In 2016, the Texas A&M selected him to attend the Baku Summer Energy School in Azerbaijan, a two-week program covering all aspects of the energy industry from exploration and drilling to economics and local and global policies. He will graduate in December 2017.

-By Vinnie Longobardo