Ryan Keenan interned with Apache Corporation the summers of 2018 and 2019. In 2018 his concentration was Permian Region Spill Mitigation and Fluid Management as well as assisting rig-site supervisors as a Drilling Engineer. The culmination of the summer was publishing new company fluid management guidelines in accordance with state regulations and presenting waste reduction savings.
In 2019 he returned to Apache Corporation in Houston to work with the Research and Development and Data Analytics Teams. The focus of his research was real-time bit damage analysis and developing a database and workflow for utilizing image recognition in bit dull grading. Keenan validated a real-time bit damage predictor and recommended refinements moving forward. He also started a multi-regional team of operations directors, drilling engineers, rig-site supervisors, and IT experts for the data collection and implementation of a new WellView bit dull database he created. The results of his work have the potential for multi-million dollar saving and automizing vendor and product decision moving forward.
Keenan graduated with honors from Montana Tech in May of 2020, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering and a Professional Landman Certificate. During that time, he was recognized on both the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists. He was also active in several professional organizations holding leadership positions. He was the Montana Tech Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter President (2019) and Secretary (2018). He also acted as the Montana Tech American Association of Drilling Engineers Student Chapter Vice-President (2018) and Committee Chair (2017). During his time in leadership he obtained multiple significant scholarships for club members while traveling the nation for conferences, maintained records and wrote annual reports, organized training courses and recruited industry professionals for technical talks, increased club accounts, and hosted philanthropic volunteering opportunities.
He was a member of the Montana Tech Men’s Golf Team and was a captain his senior year. During his youth he was active in Montana State Politics following his father campaign’s and subsequent terms in the legislature. While at the capitol he spent time attending Finance and Claims and Budget meetings during sessions. Keenan gained entrepreneurial experience and drive at a young age while involved in numerous roles at his parent’s business the Bigfork Inn Restaurant.