Transfer Student Finds Success at Texas Tech as Terry Scholar

(VIDEO) Tristan Russo, 29, estimates he's received close to $80,000 in scholarship money since enrolling at Texas Tech in 2015.

College was never something that was on Tristan Russo's radar. In fact, after high school, he spent eight years working as a mechanic in various auto shops in Florida. So how was it that he'd end up at Texas Tech University and have his tuition paid for? He credits hard work and good timing.

"You can do it," Russo, whose major is petroleum engineering, said. " You've just got to work really hard and that's the one key, just work hard."

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Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering

Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum engineering is the practical application of the basic and physical sciences of mathematics, geology, physics, and chemistry and all of the engineering sciences to the discovery, development, and production, and transportation of petroleum.

The Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering is staffed with industry-experienced faculty who have an average of more than 15 years of experience per faculty member. This experience is combined with sound engineering and scientific principles in the classroom and made an integral part of the candidate’s educational challenge.