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Paula McCann Harris

BS in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University 1987

I am a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. In my 29-year career with Schlumberger Oilfield Services, I have held a variety of positions, including Field Engineer managing operations on offshore rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Sales Engineer and North American Recruiting Manager. As Worldwide Training Manager, I had the opportunity to develop business opportunities and teams throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, China, South America, and Australia. I have served in the Social Responsibility role with Schlumberger Limited for the last seven years and I am currently the Director of Global Citizenship Programs which includes the Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) program.

I have received numerous recognitions, including being named Black Engineer’s “50 who make a Difference,” “Key Women in Energy,” “Greater Houston Women’s Chamber Woman of Distinction," and the “Women of Color in Technology” awards. I have been appointed to the, Space Center Houston Board, Menil Development, and a state appointment to the Texas Energy Planning Council. I have been profiled in the “Black Engineer,” “Graduating Engineer,” and “Money Magazine.” My memberships include Executive Leadership Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jack and Jill of America, LINKS, and American Leadership Forum.

My first book, “For Sister: The Guide for Professional Black Women” was published in 2003. My latest book is a children’s book entitled “When I Grow UP, I Want to Be an Engineer.” Over 50,000 copies of this popular book have been distributed by the Houston Children’s Museum, the Offshore Energy Museum, San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts, Houston ISD, Ft Bend ISD, Alvin ISD, and Jack and Jill of America.

I was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education in 2007. I was an integral part of developing theories of action, policy, superintendent search and overseeing the 1.6 billion dollar district budget. I initiated a program entitled “Houston - Real Men Read” into the Houston Independent School District and over 200 men now visit classes monthly to read to and positively influence the children in the district. I am a huge supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs and have helped to implement initiatives around these subjects that include parent training, feeder pattern programs and increased rigor through professional development. I served as board president and the district was recognized twice by the White House under my leadership.

My husband Dwayne and I are the proud parents of our 14 year old daughter Madison Serelia Harris.