Steve Vorenkamp Inducted into Marietta College Hall of Fame
Wild Well Control Ambassador at Large Steve Vorenkamp was inducted into the Marietta College Petroleum Engineering and Geology Hall of Fame April 24 at a ceremony honoring the 2014 inductees at the college campus in Ohio.
“Since 2004, Steve has taken a personal interest in Marietta College, our Petroleum Engineering & Geology program and, most importantly, our students,” says Professor Robert Chase, chair of the Petroleum Engineering and Geology program. “Steve has made special efforts to coach and mentor our students, provide compassion when needed, complement and support the department faculty, bring enthusiasm and energy to our campus, and always represent Wild Well Control as that special company.”
For Vorenkamp, the honor is overwhelming. “It is a truly humbling experience to be included with such distinguished company,” he says. “Marietta is an exceptional college, and to be able to build a relationship between students and Wild Well Control is part of the passion in what we do and what we believe in.”
In the 10 years since Vorenkamp first visited Marietta, nearly 350 students have gone through the two-and-a-half day well control training course. This equates to an estimated 7,700 total contact hours with the students, many of whom are now employed by drilling companies and operators across the world.
“Today, the training model we follow includes the Wild Well Control student training,” says Chase. Chase goes on to say that Wild Well has been instrumental in helping them to develop the Petroleum Engineering and Geology program.
“Wild Well Control generously contributes a part of the proceeds charged to the industry back to the program to defray a part of the student training costs,” says Chase.
Vorenkamp stresses that this is another example of Wild Well “paying it forward” in the community.
Since assuming the role in 2014 of ambassador at large after serving as the Vice President of Training, Vorenkamp devoted his time and teaching abilities to well control training on college campuses. Wild Well Control provides well control training to nearly every college in the United States with a petroleum engineering program, averaging 10 classes per spring and 10 per fall semester. Training is also provided to Texas A&M University in Qatar as well as four universities in Mexico and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
Additional details on the ceremony are available on the Marietta College website.