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Jianhong Xu (PhD Sedimentology 1997)


I went to Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology at Reading for a PhD in 1993 and graduated in 1997. I began working with Carbonates International (now C&C Reservoirs) since January 1997 and have stayed with this company until now. I have moved between the regional companies in UK, USA and China. Currently I am based in Houston, Texas at the capacity of Manager of Geoscience System.

Why did you choose to do a PhD at the University of Reading?

The PRIS was at the time the largest institute of its kind in Europe and the then head Professor JRL Allen is a Fellow of Royal Society, whose numerous publications influenced my understanding in the subject even before I had a chance to go to UK. The campus is my reason not to attend Imperial College in London.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Beautiful environment, easy life style, convenience in transportation to London and Oxford

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their PhD?

Make sure you choose the right supervisor, the right subject of study and build close relationship with your supervisor. Frequent and effective communication with your supervisor is critical to your success.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am a pioneer employee of the company and have witnessed the growth of the business. I am doing more works on training younger generation staff now. Willingness to learn, flexibility towards job assignment and strong writing and computing skills are keys towards what I have achieved today.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

The oil industry has a broad need of talent. One should be prepared to learn new skills and new knowledge everyday.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

I had the opportunity because the found of the company is an alumnus of the institute.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

The university offered training, experience and the opportunity that lead to today. I feel it my obligation to give back to the university so that current and future students can benefit from it.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The university paved the way for my career in the oil industry. My favourite memory, however, is not oil but the green campus that brings peace to me whenever I think about the university.

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