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Gulf Coast Section Reaches Out to Houston STEM Students

The SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS), in cooperation with the GCS Permian Basin Study Group, hosted the 2nd Annual High School Invitational on 15 April. The joint effort welcomed advanced-level, Houston-area science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) high school students to a luncheon held at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas. The students were selected based on recommendations from faculty at high schools with active STEM initiatives. During the luncheon, Christine A. Ehlig-­Economides, professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University, gave a presentation titled “The Future of Petroleum” to the audience of professionals and more than 40 students. This event informed students about various opportunities in the oil and gas industry and gave them the occasion to pose questions to industry professionals.

Bon Anniversaire! SPE France Celebrates Its 30th Birthday

On 20 May, the SPE France Section held a half-day-plus evening event to celebrate its first 30 years. The France Section, located in Paris, was established 27 February 1984.

The daytime portion of the event, with 250 attendees, featured a half-day conference on the theme “Building Tomorrow’s Oil and Gas Industry With SPE,” hosted by Total at its La Défense (the major business district in Paris) headquarters. Presentations included the following: “The Birth of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Industry,” by Sir Farouk al-Kasim, president of Petroteam; “Looking Back on the Past 30 Years,” by Loïc Danguy des Déserts, chief executive officer of Doris Engineering; and “Looking Ahead 30 Years,” by Yves-Louis Darricarrère, president upstream at Total. A roundtable discussion was led by young professionals on the theme “Technology Scenarios and Job Profiles for the Future,” with participants Alain Goulois, R&D director at Total;  Jean-Claude Heidmann, Center for Exploration-Production director at IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole) School; and Claude Valenchon, director innovation and technological development at Saipem.

Egbert Imomoh, 2013 SPE president, made the concluding comments.

The evening portion, attended by 200 people, took place at the Musée des Arts et Métiers. The museum contains an impressive collection of technical objects, instruments, and machines—“an appropriate setting [in which] to gather a society of engineers for a birthday celebration,” exclaimed Jean-Marc Dumas, France Section chair. The evening included an awards ceremony. The awards were presented by Arnaud Breuillac, Total E&P president; Nicolas Milesi, representing Arnaud Montebourg, French minister of economy; Egbert Imomoh; Maurizio Rampoldi, SPE regional director for South, Central, and East Europe; and Jean-Marc Dumas.

SPE Technical Writing Course Moved to September

“Technical Writing and Publishing: Tools, Philosophies, Strategies, Methods, Pitfalls, and Tricks”—a new SPE course for industry professionals who want better writing and publishing skills, especially for technical papers—will now be held 3–4 September at the SPE Houston office’s Training Center. Kevin Mahrer, chief scientist at geophysical firm Sigma3, will teach the class. The course covers many topics, including document goals, writing to your audience, and merging your goals with reader needs.

Registration is available at