2021 Cooper Energy / Playford Trust Petroleum Engineering Scholarship
In 2017, I came to Australia as an international student from Vietnam to pursue a world-class education in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide. After finishing my Honours degree, I began my PhD project, in which I studied and optimised the application of liquid foams in the fracture stimulation practice at high-temperature gas reservoirs.
In 2021, I was very fortunate to receive the Cooper Energy / Playford Trust Scholarship for my Doctoral degree. The scholarship has not only provided a significant financial support for my study but also helped extend my professional network.
Not long after receiving the scholarship, I had an opportunity to work for my sponsoring company, Cooper Energy, as a vacation student in the Operations Team. During that three-month period, I got to see and solve real world challenges in the organisation. After the vacation program, I was honoured to be offered a part-time then full-time position in the company’s Production Planning Department.
The best thing about my role is that it is not only technical but also covers multiple aspects of the business, such as commercial, sustainability and strategy planning, all of which are crucial for my career development in the energy sector.
I am extremely grateful to the Playford Trust and Cooper Energy for their continued support throughout my studies and in the early stage of my career. The journey would not be possible without the strong support and great leadership from my managers, Dean Johnson and Nathan Childs.
In 2023, it was my honour to proudly represent Cooper Energy to present certificates to the succeeding recipients of the Playford Trust scholarships.