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  • Alumni Success: Ryan Malone

    Hi, I'm Ryan Malone. I work at BP and my title is General Manager of Projects and Chief Transformation Officer for the Gulf of Mexico. I graduated from Baylor in 2002, with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. Coming out of college, and it was really clear from the from the interview that Baylor had prepared me for a career at BP. I started off my career in Evanston, Wyoming, where there's a big natural gas field. I got to see firsthand how engineering works in practice. And from there, I got the opportunity to work in Singapore, got to work in Korea, set up the team and started fabricating a massive project in Finland. You know, BP has really given me an opportunity to see the world. As I progressed in my career, you know, through those locations, it was more around the safety, culture support, engineering oversight and supervision.

    I knew that if I was ever going to have an impact, whatever that was at BP, I wanted a really solid technical foundation. I then realized that, you know, I also had an aptitude for leadership, and wanting to lead and help teams. Being involved in the Deepwater Horizon, you know, incident was one a sobering experience. It changed my outlook on on life and what I wanted out of career. My career aspirations became less about a title or a position, it became more about how you interact with people, how you help teams achieve, how you mentor and coach and guide, and how you seek mentorship for yourself and grow. Real leadership is vulnerability. It's honesty. Its transparency. So it's making sure that you're there for the team that you're leading, that you're working to coach and mentor support them. So if I were to summarize it, I would say it's a real servant style leadership.

    The biggest thing about Baylor that I noticed is, it's a very, very supportive university that kind of provides you with guidance, coaching, support for life. Both my wife, Jennifer, and I agreed that there's been no bigger influence on our life than Baylor. You know, one, it's where we met. It's where we've met some of our best friends. And it's where both of us were shaped. The professors that I had at the School of Engineering Computer Science were mentors. They were friends, they were partners, more than anything else, you know, Baylor just provided me with a really well rounded, not only academic, but social platform that grew me into a leader that gave me the values that reinforce those values, that I still carry it with me today.