Gail Chenoweth

Gail Chenoweth

B.S. P.E., 1982
Marathon Oil Co.

Gail Chenoweth’s successful career in petroleum engineering management resulted this year in her selection as The University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering’s first female Distinguished Graduate.

Her first bachelor’s degree earned in studio art from UT Austin in 1976, failed to hint of her interest in the oil industry. But Chenoweth decided to try her hand in the field and returned to earn her bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering by 1982.

After graduating, her internship experience landed her a job at Yates Engineering, part of Marathon Oil Company. She worked in several areas, including reservoir engineering and operations, before her transfer to Midland Operations, a division of Marathon, in 1988.

After relocating abroad several times, Chenoweth served as the engineering supervisor over international production for Marathon, and later as engineering manager of that group.

Following these positions, she became project manager of a team charged with redesigning the information technology landscape of Marathon. In that role, she implemented a company-wide risk-based economic analysis and portfolio management software package.

In 2001, she was selected as coordinating manager for Marathon’s senior vice president of worldwide production, and in the 2003 was named the Rocky Mountain oil asset team manager, where she oversees one of nine Marathon geographical regions.

Always conscious of her roots, Chenoweth has remained involved with the petroleum and geosystems engineering department at UT Austin and has served as chairman of its external advisory committee. She was a panel member for an alternate energy forum sponsored by the Student Engineering Council, has served as a mentor for female engineering students and has recruited for Marathon for many years.

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