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Saudi Aramco Recognized for SPE Certification Exam Scores

A group of 233 Saudi Aramco engineers were recognized at a luncheon in October for achieving passing scores on the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam, earning Aramco an 85% pass rate since it began prepping employees for the exam in 2010. The ceremony was held at Saudi Aramco’s Upstream Professional Development Center (UPDC) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and was led by Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of upstream, Amin H. Nasser, and other members of the upstream management team.

Preparation courses for the SPE certification program are a collaborative effort between the SPE Saudi Arabia Section, Saudi Aramco Upstream, and UPDC. Classes review problems under examination conditions and help engineers improve test strategies, time management, and critical thinking skills required to receive a passing grade. This is combined with a set of continuing education courses to maintain critical knowledge after an engineer is certified.

The UPDC has four courses scheduled for 2015 to prepare another 100 engineers for certification.




Three Student Members Honored with Nico van Wingen Fellowships

In November, Bahareh Nojabaei, PhD student at Pennsylvania State University; Mehmet Torcuk, PhD student, Colorado School of Mines; and Vahid Dokhani, PhD student and teaching/research assistant at the University of Tulsa, were each honored with Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate fellowships. Winners each receive up to USD 5,000 per year toward tuition. To be eligible for the award, a member must be part of an official SPE student chapter, be pursuing education at a PhD level, and plan on pursuing a career in academia.

Nico van Wingen worked as an evaluation engineer, consultant, and then as a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California. He played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the US, Austria, Canada, Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Venezuela. He was active on many SPE committees and was a recipient of the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal and was a Distinguished Member.

Permian Basin Study Group Hosts High School Students

SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Permian Basin Study Group held its third annual High School Invitational in November at the Norris Conference Center in Houston, Texas. The luncheon was led by Texas A&M drilling professor and retired ExxonMobil chief drilling engineer Fred Dupriest, who gave a presentation titled, “What We Need From This Generation, and Steps to Help Them Achieve It.”

Dupriest spoke to more than 50 students from Cy Fair High School and more than 20 students from Seven Lakes High School—both located in the Houston area—about the role of future generations in the oil and gas industry. The section’s community services group arranged for the student visit.