Alumni Profiles

"Hurst" Nuckols III, M&T '12

Weston, WV
Engineering Major: 
Mechanical Engineering
Wharton Concentration: 

What are you doing currently?

I am currently an Open Hole Wireline Field Engineer for Schlumberger (in simplest terms, open hole wireline in well evaluations) in Weston, WV. I work on a two week / one week rotation in the field, so on my days off, I spend most of my time at home in Midway, KY on the family thoroughbred horse farm.

How did M&T prepare you for your current role or life after graduation?

The oil field doesn’t necessarily require me to use the knowledge straight from the classroom like many jobs, but my position entails great responsibility, stress, and always being able to navigate my way through challenges. The business background from the M&T Program gives me insight into the reasoning for decisions both the company we work for and the clients I work under make. The engineering background is useful in many aspects of the work, from understanding the readings of tools to preparing a wireline unit for the next job. My background with computer software, both in MEAM and Wharton, has been indispensable. While the M&T Program was a great opportunity to swim in an endless sea of knowledge, I still feel nothing outweighs the confidence I gained during my four years at Penn in this program. It’s knowing you can push yourself to the limit, and sometimes past, yet still succeed (albeit, sometimes awfully tired at the end), or jumping head-first by volunteering to take on a position doing something you know nothing about. The confidence I gained after my four years at Penn in the M&T Program has opened many doors and put me at the right place at the right time more times than I could ever imagine.

How do you connect with the M&T community?

I still keep in touch with the M&T community via the M&T Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn group.

What was your favorite part of the M&T Program?

The community has to be my favorite part of the program. It was always a joke in classes that M&T students tended to work together, but there was a good reason; they were great people to work with and spend time with. One of my few regrets from Penn is that I didn’t have more time to spend and become closer to more of my M&T peers. MGMT 237 was one of the best classes I had while at Penn. It brought the entire M&T class together in a seminar environment to discuss thought provoking materials with some of the greatest minds I have met. I cannot thank the program enough for bringing me together with such a wonderful and intelligent group of people.

What activities did you take part in while at Penn?

While I was at Penn, a majority of my free time was spent on boathouse row or in the Hutchinson Gymnasium training with the Lightweight Crew Team.  I was also a member of the SAAC board (Student-Athlete-Advisory-Committee) from sophomore year until I graduated.