BP donates $45,000 to support students
J. Robert Gochnour, manager of BP’s advanced reservoir simulation development and deployment, delivered a $45,000 check yesterday morning to support Penn State students.
Gochnour said $30,000 will go to support the University’s Millennium Scholars Program. The program is designed to support academically strong students whose plans include pursuing a doctoral degree in science or engineering, and who are committed to increasing the diversity of researchers in science and engineering.
Renata Engel, associate dean of academic programs in the College of Engineering, said the gift would be used for student scholarships.
The remaining $15,000 is designated for the Engineering Orientation Network, a student-run group that organizes an orientation for first-year students and runs several networking events throughout the academic year.
Gochnour is also a Penn State alumnus. He earned his bachelor’s in 1973, master’s in 1975 and doctorate in 1976 in petroleum and natural gas engineering.