From Bronx, N.Y., to the Bakken Shale, Ashley Johnson has always been intrigued by science.
"For me, geology was a natural fit," she says.
She went on to get both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the geosciences from the University of Tulsa.
Ashley also interned at two companies, learning how to read a well log and the basics on geological and land mapping.
"I gained lot of experience even before starting my first job," she said.
She also had the opportunity to study abroad in New Zealand at a geology field camp.
Now back closer to home, Ashley has a big-time job applying her insight to support WPX's new operations in the Bakken Shale.
"Every well is different. And it takes an entire team of people to be successful. That motivates me," Ashley says.
A mentor has played a role in her career development. Now she's sharing that knowledge with other young engineers.
You can hear more about Ashley's story in the video on this page.