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SPE Inaugurates Leadership Academy for E&P Professionals

SPE will hold the inaugural session of its 3-day leadership development program for professionals in the exploration and production (E&P) industry—SPE Leadership Academy: Inspiring Your Path to Success—from 30 September to 2 October at The Address Hotel–Dubai Marina. The SPE Leadership Academy’s second session, held during 2–4 December, will take place at SPE’s Houston offices and training center.

For many professionals in the early stage of their career, developing skills that will help them transition from an individual contributor role to a management or leadership role can be a difficult task. The technical skills that get employees jobs in E&P are often not enough to help them advance in their career. And not all E&P work settings offer such professionals the mentoring, training, and nontechnical skill development they seek. So how do busy technical professionals acquire those much-needed leadership skills?

Developed specifically for the E&P industry, the SPE Leadership Academy teaches skills in the following areas, thus helping early-career professionals contribute more quickly to organizational goals:

  • Sharpening communication skills and learning to adapt approaches when needed
  • Learning to act as a leader in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Learning how to present ideas to engage key stakeholders
  • Developing oneself and learning how to leverage networks
  • Evolving strategies to face challenges in developing one’s career

To teach the course, SPE is partnering with UK-based, global business psychology firm Kiddy and Partners, which has more than 40 years of experience in professional development programs. The SPE Leadership Academy will be taught by Kiddy partner Mike Owtram, who gained 15 years of commercial experience in the chemical industry before entering consultancy in 2000, and Charles Jones, a Kiddy consultant who has more than 20 years of experience as an international leadership development educator.

To register, or for more information on the course, visit


Former SPE President Establishes Scholarship for Africa Region Students

To support excellence in education among African students, 2013 SPE President Egbert Imomoh has established a new scholarship for those pursuing a master’s degree in petroleum engineering. Created through the SPE Foundation, the Imomoh Scholarship will award two students from Nigeria and two students from other countries in the SPE Africa Region a one-time scholarship payment of USD 2,000.

“Creating this scholarship is a way I can give back to the region where I live and the industry I have focused my career upon,” said Imomoh. The SPE past-president has served and continues to serve in many capacities at SPE. He also has served as chairman of Afren and chairman of Shell in Nigeria, the UK, and the Netherlands.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled in a master’s-level petroleum engineering curriculum and be a citizen of a country in the SPE Africa Region, regardless of location of study. To apply, students need to complete and submit the online application form, including grade reports from all universities attended, letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest/essay. Applying for the scholarship begins in October/November each year and goes on until the application deadline, 15 April. Scholarship winners will be announced 15 June. The application and specifics of the selection process are located at


SPE Archives Industry History—How Can You Contribute?

Recognizing the need to preserve the experience and knowledge of those innovators who contributed to the advancement of the industry, SPE’s Board of Directors authorized a history archive project to collect this history for its members and the public, and to provide unlimited access to the content by housing the entire archive online, on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki (ETHW).

The website will provide a Wiki-based platform, allowing participants to relate their experiences as an engineer in the petroleum industry. This will be accomplished in several ways: through oral histories, first-hand history testimonials, and through topic articles that will provide the technical history of the industry.

Anyone interested in sharing their reminiscences of working in the industry or of how their research has contributed to furthering the petroleum E&P  industry is encouraged to submit their stories by going to the SPE history page and following the instructions there. SPE has already developed several oral histories consisting of video interviews with industry veterans who have made significant contributions in their respective disciplines. These videos can also be viewed at this site.

The full ETHW will be launched in January 2015—including ETHWs for other engineering societies, aimed at engineers whose experiences and technical contributions are more related to the disciplines represented by those societies.