Rita is currently completing her third year of PhD in petroleum engineering in University of Calgary. Rita obtained her BSc and MSc from Kazan Federal University in petroleum geology and a second MSc in petroleum engineering from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. She had several internships at Trican Well Services, ECHO, Tiandi Energy in Beijing, Russian Oil and Gas Scientific Research Institute and etc. She has extensive experience in geological and basin modeling. Her excellence in research was appreciated by British Petroleum, Schlumberger, Russian Academy of Science (Tatarstan), Kazan Federal University and Skoltech. Rita has been a proactive member of SPE since 2013. She was the president of Kazan Federal University SPE Student Chapter in Russia. In her free time, she likes doing sports, read, travel and dance. Rita is also a world champion in acrobatics.