Texas A&M petroleum engineering scholarship from Carl Isaac honors memory of Murdock Baker

Carl Isaac, executive vice president of operations with Beryl Oil and Gas Co. in Houston, has endowed a petroleum engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University to honor the memory of a valued mentor."The influence of Murdock Baker inspired me to establish this award," Isaac said. "He was a close friend and mentor who was instrumental in my career as a petroleum engineer."Beryl Oil and Gas executive Carl Isaac, Texas A&M Class of '87, honors mentor.Baker, a Beaumont native and petroleum engineering graduate of the Texas A&M Class of 1958, was an independent oil and gas producer at the time of his death in November 2008. Baker had a distinguished career with Pan American Oil Company (Amoco), Seneca Resources and Laroco LLP."When I checked in for my first day of work, Murdock sat me down and told me he was going to ensure that as a young Aggie engineer, I was properly trained not only as an engineer but in the oil and gas business. We agreed that I was prepared to jump right in as a petroleum engineer. At that, he sent me to check in with the accounting manager, then the marketing manager, legal, purchasing, etc., for the first few months of my career. Looking back now, that non-technical 'training' was critical to my career in this business," Isaac said."Carl Isaac has been a valued member of our department's Industry Board since 2005. His gift will greatly help us attract bright students who will become much needed petroleum engineers of the future," said Dr. Stephen A. Holditch, petroleum engineering department head and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair.Recipients of the Isaac scholarship will be selected on the basis of financial need. The $25,000 endowment will be managed by the Texas A&M Foundation.A native of Houston, Isaac earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M in 1987 and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.He started his career with Seneca Resources Corporation in Santa Paula, Calif., where he became active in the leadership of the California Coastal Section of Society of Petroleum Engineers, serving as its chairman in 1989. He transferred to Houston with the company as a senior petroleum engineer working the company's Gulf of Mexico assets.Isaac subsequently held management positions in engineering and operations with Applied Drilling Technology Inc., Equitable Production Company GOM, Westport Resources and Kerr McGee Corporation.Since 2005 Isaac has focused on the start-up and management of private equity backed oil and gas companies in the Gulf Coast region."In addition to this scholarship, Carl has been an active member of the Petroleum Engineering Industry Board and continues to volunteer time speaking to classes in the department. He is a great A&M supporter, and his scholarship is another example of his desire to give back to A&M and help future Aggies," said Brady Bullard, director of development for petroleum engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M is home to about 600 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the department first and second in undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively, among U.S. public institutions of higher education.Written by Exa York