Senior marketing and accounting major Tania Hernandez has already done what many professionals dream about—coordinating and running an international workshop.

Hernandez, a student worker in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, organized the Multiphase User Roundtable-South America in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, in February. The conference hosted 103 participants from industry, government and academia to discuss developments in the field. The discussion-driven roundtables provided the forum for this interaction.

Hernandez was responsible for planning the event from the ground up, from selecting the venue and scheduling hotel arrangements to developing the program and securing sponsorships. She attended the roundtable discussions, provided on-site support and oversaw every last detail to ensure that the conference ran smoothly.

It was the first roundtable the department has held in South America. “I had to build relationships with company representatives in Venezuela, which was a challenge,” Hernandez said.

Being ready to expect anything and being able to adapt is essential in the business world, Hernandez found. “The language barrier was a real issue, but Venezuela is an extremely high-interest area,” she said. “Our audience spoke mostly Spanish, and we had to use translators, which was also a first for us.”