Bakken Drilling Pioneer And Major UND Benefactor Harold Hamm Answers Questions From Students

Harold Hamm dropped the ceremonial puck before Friday’s UND hockey game between the UND Fighting Hawks and the Denver Pioneers. The billionaire oil mogul, who pioneered drilling in western North Dakota, took time on Friday to answer questions from UND engineering students. Image courtesy of UND Athletics.

If you want to succeed, you’re in the right place to earn that degree.

That was the advice from Harold Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Oil, as he answered student questions about success, finding that first job, and the future of the oil industry.

“I’m honored to be here today,” said Hamm to the standing-room-only crowd of students in the atrium of Leonard Hall, home to the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. “Some of my best memories are of sharing my experiences with students.”

“It was tough for me to get an education,” said Hamm, the youngest of 13 children and son of sharecroppers in rural Oklahoma. “After high school I went into the oil fields, made a fortune, and then went to school. Don’t try that. You are doing the right thing by being in school.”

Hamm pioneered the development of the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota and is a UND benefactor. He answered questions from students Jan. 26, and visited campus while in Grand Forks for the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting.

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