Alumni Spotlight: Jeremy Graybill `98

Graceland alum Jeremy Graybill `98

Jeremy Graybill ’98 revealed that he wasn’t really the best student when he came to Graceland. He had some areas that needed improvement and said he was thankful for the “patience and guidance” of Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Smith, who taught several of his math classes. It was the Graceland community, the men’s volleyball team, the guys on the hall and his family who helped to form the leader that Graybill has become today.

In order to spend time with his younger sister and to help her learn the ropes at Graceland, Graybill took a year off and waited to enter his senior year so they could share time together on “the Hill.” There were several Graybills at Graceland during his time there, including his brother, sister and adopted siblings. Relationships and family still keep this successful Graceland graduate grounded and balanced.

Graybill graduated from Graceland with degrees in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering and a minor in physics, all of which are directly related to his current career. “We are using a number of advanced techniques in the areas of deep learning, machine learning, statistical analytics, big data, mathematical modeling and other emerging fields to provide value to the business in a number of different ways.”

"Our data scientists and data engineers are working on a number of exciting and challenging problems in order for us to produce oil and gas resources safer, faster and more efficiently."

“I am leading the data science and data engineering efforts for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in The Woodlands, Texas,” explained Graybill. “Our data scientists and engineers are working on a number of exciting and challenging problems in order for us to produce oil and gas resources safer, faster and more efficiently.”

Graybill shares that, when he was at Graceland, he didn’t really see where his career would lead, but that learning how to be flexible and to think critically was what has really allowed him to stay in front of this instantaneously changing field. Graceland’s strong liberal arts education, where critical thinking is paramount, really helped prepare Graybill for a field with constant change.

“When I started my career,” explained Graybill, “knowledge was very important in my field. However, knowledge has become much more of a commodity in this field over time, given the increases with how computers can store, retrieve and process information. While some knowledge is still fundamental, it's the critical thinking and the ability to process and apply knowledge to other areas and domains that has become more vital to success.”

Graybill lives in Spring, Texas, with his wife, Mendi, and their three young boys, Christian, Caden and Chase.