In 2013, University of Colorado at Boulder teammates,
Austin Schipper and Paul Sweazey at Shell Eco-marathon in 2013. They are now both Shell employees at Martinez Refinery.
Austin Schipper and Paul Sweazey, posed for this photo on the floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas with a singular goal: to travel the farthest distance on the least amount of energy.
Little did they know that energy production at Shell’s Martinez Refinery would be a shared goal for them in their professional careers just three years later.
“I wasn’t planning to work in the oil and gas industry, but one of our Capstone Projects fell through and opened the door to be a part of the Shell Eco-marathon team,” said Austin.
“So many mechanical engineers leave college and don’t know how to tighten a bolt but 90 percent of my hands-on learning came from being a part of Shell Eco-marathon.”
As a Capstone Project at CU-Boulder, participating on the Shell Eco-marathon team was needed in order to graduate. While Paul participated and graduated in 2012, he assisted Austin’s team in 2013.
“At the Eco-marathon itself, I noticed how the Shell employees worked well together – everyone was super reasonable with each other and had clear communication. Everyone seemed happy to be there and had a good vibe,” recalled Paul.
Through their positive experiences at Shell Eco-marathon and with the guidance of Shell university recruiters (at the time, Gordon Johnson and Vito Bavaro), the rest you can say is history.
Austin is a Rotating Equipment Engineer and Paul is a Pressure Equipment Engineer and both work at Martinez Refinery.
Austin and Paul are just two examples of how in nine years Shell Eco-marathon Americas has impacted not only the future of energy but future energy leaders.