Oklahoma State University in the mid-
80s. My plan was to stay in the university
atmosphere earning my bachelor’s, then
master’s, a PhD, and then become a professor. I had no plans to enter the energy industry. But, I also had limited funds to go
to college so I found a long-term internship
which gave me a way to earn money. The
company was ARCO, and it was developing fields on Alaska’s North Slope.
From that point on, I saw the energy
industry differently. I love solving problems and I really liked math, chemistry,
and physics. I saw tons of great problems to solve in an interesting environment. I was swept by the possibility of
moving to Alaska.
Alaska Business Monthly: What
have you found most rewarding about
your work with BP in Alaska?
Weiss: The people. Alaska is an extraordinary place and I lead a team of dedicated
people, from the front line of Prudhoe Bay
to the Anchorage office. It’s clear that my
job as BP Alaska’s regional president is to
deliver safe and reliable operations. I want
our employees on the front line to know
how important their role is to making that
happen. It’s important to me that everyone goes home safely. Our two thousand
employees are also 80 percent Alaska hire,
with a lot of pride in their communities.
Annually, BP and its employees support more than seven hundred community and education groups across Alaska
through their volunteerism and philanthropy activities.
Alaska Business Monthly: How
do you cultivate young Alaskans for
internships and employment with BP?
Weiss: We support the University
of Alaska system by providing internships for engineering, business, and
geoscience students. We also support
the process technology programs at
UAA, UAF, and the Kenai Peninsula
College. In the past decade we’ve hired
167 graduates as employees and interns
from the process technology programs.
Statewide, BP and our employees
support STEM [science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics] education through programs such as: First in
Alaska Robotics, the Girl Scouts Women
in Engineering and the Sciences, and the
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