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SPE Notes

SPE Recognizes Certified, Licensed, Chartered Members

SPE has long promoted professionalism by recognizing engineers who are certified, licensed, or chartered. New to is a listing of SPE members who have completed the requirements and exam for the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Program. Also listed for the first time are SPE members* who have informed SPE that they have obtained certification, licensure, or chartering through another entity. *These credentials were submitted by the individual member, and SPE has not confirmed the accuracy of the submission.

Research and Development Technical Section Plans ATCE Meeting

You are invited to attend a meeting and dinner hosted by the SPE Research & Development Technical Section and sponsored by Saudi Aramco at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 7 October, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Melrose Room of the Hilton in New Orleans, Lousiana. 

There is no charge for attending this dinner meeting. However, due to limited seating, this important function is RSVP only. Please reply to Pam Brickett at  if you plan to attend.
Meeting Highlights

  • Overview of section activities
  • Officer and director elections
  • Guest Speaker — Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Executive Director, Petroleum Engineering & Development, Saudi Aramco 

I hope you will attend the meeting to find out more about the section and to be part of developing the vision for this group.
David Curry
Chairman, R&D Technical Section

Drilling Systems Automation Tech Section Sets ATCE Meeting

The Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Technical Section invites you to join us in a half-day workshop that will be held in conjunction with the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.   This important event is scheduled for Sunday, 4 October from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Level 2, Room 209-210 of the Morial Convention Center. Read more »

Wellbore Positioning Tech Section to Meet at ATCE

The SPE Wellbore Positioning Technical Section will hold its 30th meeting on Thursday 8 October 2009 in New Orleans. Anyone interested in attending should contact Simon McCulloch at for online registration procedures.


The cost for those who register in advance is USD 150 including lunch. Anyone who turns up on the day without having pre-registered will have to pay USD 200.


Preliminary Agenda

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van Wingen Graduate Fellowship Applications Due 1 November

The Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering will accept applications until 1 November 2009 for up to two fellowships of USD 5,000 annually for PhD candidates who plan to pursue a career in academia. Read more…

Get Certified!

There’s still time to signed up to take the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification exam, 3 October. Contact, Tel: +972.952.9452, Fax: +972.952.9435. You can also still register for the Review for the Principles and Practices Exam Course scheduled for 3-4 October at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Petroleum Society of Canada Completes Merger with SPE

The boards of the Petroleum Society of Canada and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) have approved a merger agreement that will create a new Canadian organization, SPE Canada, to serve the combined membership of around 4,500 in Canada. SPE Canada will focus on enhancing benefits for members and supporting the Canadian E&P business and technology. READ MORE>>>

Section Membership Contest Winners Announced

89 SPE sections saw membership increases during the year ending 31 August, but only these sections won the 2008-2009 SPE Section Membership Contest. Of special note are the Terengganu and Warri Nigeria sections who doubled their membership during the same period.

Incoming President Calls for ‘Dedicated, Passionate’ Volunteers

2009-2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi says the worthwhile goals of SPE cannot be achieved without “dedicated, passionate volunteers.” Read his plan for opening the avenues to volunteerism in the September issue of the newly designed online print version of the Journal of Petroleum Technology.

Congratulations to the 2009 International Award Winners

SPE congratulates the following 2009 honorees and award recipients. They will be recognized during the 2009 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana USA in October.

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