The SPE Foundation

Established in 1977 by former SPE presidents, the SPE Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support key SPE programs. It helps to ensure excellence in our programs and is backed by a partnership of individuals, the industry, and SPE. The Foundation is made up of living past SPE presidents and is directed by an executive committee.

SPE Foundation provides funding to:

  • The Distinguished Lecturer Program, which allows volunteers speakers to share their expertise with other members at section meetings around the world and through web event presentations.
  • Support, the leading industry website for petroleum professionals.
  • Student programs.


"The Distinguished Lecturer Program is an amazing achievement. Speakers who are leaders in the industry reach people in all corners of the world. This kind of exchange cannot be accomplished by any other means."

S. M. FAROUQ ALI, consultant, Honorary Professor, University of Calgary, former Distinguished Lecturer and Distinguished Lecturer Committee

"I know how much I have benefited from SPE throughout my career. I think it’s important to give back to the organization so other people can take advantage of all that SPE offers."

A.M. SAM SAREM, President, Improved Petroleum Recovery Consultants, Former Distinguished Lecturer, Omega Association Charter Member

"The petroleum industry is entering a new Golden Age and SPE must expand its programs exponentially to stay ahead of the curve. The time is now to fund the programs of the future."

ROY KOERNER, 1995 SPE President, SPE Foundation Trustee, Omega Association Charter Member