BCoE Student Hall of Fame 2024: Cody LeBleu

February 16, 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 Bagley College of Engineering Student Hall of Fame class!
Over the next few days, we will be highlighting each SHoF recipient.
The new members participated in a Q&A reflecting on their time at Mississippi State.

Cody LeBleu

What is your name, age, classification and major?
My name is Cody Garrett LeBleu. I’m a senior in petroleum engineering with a minor in geology from Ocean Springs, MS.

What year did you begin studying at MSU, and when is your expected graduation date?
I first attended MSU in the fall of 2021, and I will graduate spring of 2024.

Why did you choose to attend MSU, and why did you choose an engineering field of study?
I chose to attend MSU because, out of all the colleges I visited, it felt most like home. I chose petroleum engineering because I want to help people and touch their lives by providing cheap, reliable energy.

What are your favorite campus organizations you have become a part of?
My favorite campus organizations are the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE).

What has been your favorite course you have taken at MSU and why?
My favorite course at MSU has been Reservoir Engineering II because it is a combination of mass and energy, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics, all taking place thousands of feet below the surface of the Earth in a rock, and that’s hard for most engineers to wrap their heads around and understand the process yet alone be able to solve the problems associated with it.

Which course has been your most challenging at MSU and why? What was something you learned about yourself after taking that course?
The most challenging course I’ve taken at MSU has been Mass and Energy. I think it was so challenging for me because it was a flipped class. I learned after that semester that I could get through anything if I just worked hard enough at it.

What is one thing you have learned about engineering during your time at the Bagley College of Engineering?
If a gas acts as ideal, a good estimate of its compressibility in microsips is 1/pressure (psi). It’s something very simple, but something I will never forget.

How has MSU, specifically the Bagley College of Engineering, prepared you for professional life after college?
The BCoE and its staff helped prepare me for professional life by actually putting me in a position to solve real-world engineering problems as well as utilize industry-standard software that gives us petroleum engineering students a leg up on the rest of our counterparts from other colleges.

What are your plans after graduation?
Currently, I am still deciding between offers. I am not sure where I am going to go yet, but it's between Saudi Arabia, North Dakota, and Alaska, doing measuring while drilling/logging while drilling (MWD/LWD) and directional drilling engineering (DDX). Hopefully, after about five years, I will be able to open my own oil company.

What will you miss most about MSU after you graduate?
The thing I will miss most about MSU is the time being allowed to make mistakes is over. There are no As, Bs, Cs, etc., in real life, only successes and failures. I know that my time at MSU has prepared me to succeed, but I will always miss the security of getting further instruction from my professors when I make a mistake.

Cody LeBleu

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