In this SWE Diverse episode, Heather Doty, SWE FY21 President, speaks with Amy Patton, Early Career Talent Acquisition Manager at bp, and Katy Hilburn, an intern at bp’s Whiting, Indiana Refinery. Together, they discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the workforce, the changes that have occurred as a result, and how women engineers and technologists can navigate and adapt to these changes.
Amy Patton is an Early Career Talent Acquisition Manager at BP. Her team is based in Houston and Chicago and is responsible for recruitment activity across all BP business lines and disciplines for internship, co-op, and full-time graduate roles. Her team also leads several early engagement opportunity programs for college students including BP Scholars, BP STEP (leadership camp), Discovery Days, and Integrated Supply & Trading Sophomore Experience. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in human resources from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Katy Hilburn is a senior in chemical engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Since her freshman year, she has worked as a student researcher in MSU’s Food Product Development Lab, led by Dr. Wan-Yuan Kuo, developing healthy, eco-friendly, and culturally acceptable food products. Last summer, she worked as a Downstream Process Engineering Intern at bp’s Cherry Point Refinery, and this summer worked as an intern at bp’s Whiting, Indiana Refinery. As an intern, she worked on projects ranging from design analysis to heat exchanger modeling.