Rebekka Bishop - award winning inventor and WISE inspirational woman
8 September 2013
Rebekka Bishop, a Project Manager for Halliburton, is an award winning inventor and WISE inspirational woman. She has previously contributed to the GetSET Women blog, you can read her blog from 2012 here, and here she continues her story in light of a recent visit to SPE Offshore Europe 2013, a key event in the conference and exhibition calendar for global leaders in the oil and gas industry. WISE were fortunate to have a display at the exhibition, and Rebekka kindly spent some time on the stand representing the campaign and speaking to delegates as a WISE role model….
I was delighted to be asked to represent the WISE campaign on their exhibition stand in Aberdeen last week, as the projects I work on in my current role have applications in the oil and gas field: in December 2012 I joined Halliburton as a Project Manager in its Sperry Drilling business product service line developing drilling tools. Sperry Drilling is an industry leader in drilling wells faster, safely and more accurately using the techniques such as Measurement While Drilling, Logging While Drilling and Surface Data Logging.
Through my career I have seen a positive change to people perceptions to women working in STEM. As a women working in a STEM environment, I feel there are more opportunities available now-a -days, allowing women to fulfil their ambitions. I believe having a passion for the subject and the confidence to stand out helps to achieve your full potential.
At Offshore Europe I was interested to learn about the latest innovations and gain a greater insight into the oil and gas industry. I met a couple of female field engineers who work on an oil rig. They highlighted to me the range of opportunities available to women today onshore and offshore.
For any female engineers or inspiring engineers reading this blog post I would suggest that the oil and gas industry offers a wealth of career possibilities, not least of all because the drilling environment is very challenging and involves all aspects of STEM. Many people associate the industry with offshore activities and do not consider the support services, however at Halliburton we have teams of chemists developing drilling fluids and cementing formulas, mathematicians reviewing down-hole data to improve well optimisation, engineers developing the next generation of drilling tools and physicists developing down-hole algorithms. The company promotes new thinkers, innovators and leaders to develop innovative solutions, making us uniquely placed as a service provider with broad capabilities and a great place to work as a female in a male dominated environment.
When I was asked to attend the SPE Offshore Europe conference as a WISE role model, I was very pleased to continue my support promoting women in STEM careers and I very much enjoyed meeting other female engineers whilst representing WISE at SPE Offshore Europe. I was honored to meet Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal with other female role models from the industry, and hearing her own experience of a male dominated work place in the Royal Navy.