The Darden Energy Club is focused on:

  • Building a solid understanding among our club members of the energy industry and its career tracks
  • Facilitating career opportunities to our members in energy-related companies
  • Enhancing Darden’s relationships and reputation within the energy industry

Club registration takes place in the fall. To join mid-year, please e-mail Erik Del Rio.


 President: Sammy Weitkemper 

Prior to Darden, Sammy worked as an engineer and project manager in Dresser-Rand's field service group, serving refinery and petrochemical clients in Louisiana and Texas. He will be spending the summer at Tenaska Capital Management, a private equity firm focused on the power generation and natural gas midstream infrastructure sectors. Sammy graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

 VP Finance: Amol Goyal 

Prior to Darden, Amol worked as a marketing analyst and polypropylene sales engineer at ExxonMobil in Bangalore, India. He will be spending the summer at Crane Co. in Cincinnati. Amol graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in 2009 with a degree in mechanical engineering.  

 VP Conferences and Speakers: Vaibhav Laddha 

Prior to Darden, Vaibhav worked for an Indian natural gas major in operations and strategy roles. His work experience includes midstream & downstream natural gas processing and pipeline transmission & distribution. This summer, he will be interning at Amazon. Vaibhav graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2009.

 VP Outings and Social Events: Patrick McCurdy 

Prior to Darden, Patrick was an officer in the US Navy, most recently serving at the US Embassy in Panama.  Patrick represented the Navy to the commercial maritime industry in Latin America and worked closely with energy shipping companies throughout the region.  This summer, Patrick will be a summer associate in JP Morgan’s investment banking division covering the energy sector. 

 VP Careers: Georgios Mexis

George has a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Prior to Darden he worked for two years in management consulting and for three years in the solar industry. This summer, George will be interning for Schlumberger Business Consulting in Houston.

VP Communications and Outreach: Erik Del Rio 

Erik finished his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering  in 2006 from Tec de Monterrey In Mexico. Prior to Darden, Erik worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for a Trading and Supply Company owned by the Mexican government.  His work experience includes operations, trading, and project analysis.

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