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Four Students Selected for 2015 Imomoh Scholarship

Emmanuel Ikehi, Richard Boakye Yiadom, David Semwogerere, and Lotanna Ohazuruike are this year’s recipients of the Imomoh Scholarship, which was endowed to the SPE Foundation by Egbert Imomoh to support excellence in education for students from Africa.

Emmanuel Ikehi holds a BEng in petroleum and natural gas engineering (first class honours, 2015) from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Nigeria. His research thesis entitled Application of Intelligent Well Completions in Optimizing Production from Oil Rim Reservoirs focused on the modeling of inflow control device (ICD) performance in oil rims.

In 2013, Ikehi served as a petroleum engineering intern at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.  His journey to the Imomoh Scholarship began in 2012 when he inspired his course mates to form an SPE student chapter. He went on to become the pioneer secretary of the newly formed chapter. Since then, he has been an active member of SPE.

Ikehi intends to pursue an MSc in petroleum engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

 Richard Boakye Yiadom, EIT from Ghana, West Africa, is currently a MS in petroleum engineering candidate at the University of Utah. He received his BS in mining engineering from the University of Utah and was a recipient of the prestigious McIntosh Engineering Scholarship by the SME Foundation.

Before joining the program, he worked as a mine engineer for Peabody Energy at their Twentymile Mine in Colorado and Rawhide Mine in Wyoming.

At Peabody Energy, Yiadom put together and supervised several high capital projects and carried out mine planning projects. Among his achievements, he generated a water model for the mine and recommended a booster pump location. Yiadom has also prepared fault mapping and crossing plans, worked as a coal preparation plant engineer, and supervised three different underground horizontal drilling projects. It is worth noting that he completed all these projects ahead of schedule, within budget, and most importantly, without a safety mishap.

Coming from a coal mining background, Yiadom’s interests lie in the energy industry. His goals of ensuring energy availability to all and striving for a record safety achievement in the energy industry are what keep him motivated.

He is currently conducting research on source rock geochemistry and engineering analysis to define “sweetspots” in the Utica-Point Pleasant play.

Yiadom intends to become an upstream engineer (reservoir or production), and has profound interests in modeling, planning, feasibility study, business and safety models, and general engineering related projects.

He is also a certified Underground Mine Foreman by the state of Colorado and is a member of the SME, SPE, AAPG and RMCMI.

David SEMWOGERERE holds a BSc in electrical engineering (honors, 2012) from Makerere University in Uganda.

In 2012, he started work as a junior well testing and completions engineer at Total. His work involved well test design and execution and working with well engineering modeling and drilling parameter software. He was also a nightshift well test supervisor for Total in the upper west Nile exploration and appraisal campaign on four workover rigs.

Semwogerere later moved to the China National Offshore Oil Company in 2014 as a well completion engineer in the Kingfisher Albertine exploration region on Lake Albert. He designed well testing operation programs and hydrocarbon storage tank-farm surface facilities, and was responsible for construction execution.

He continues to build his skills and knowledge in downhole DST/TCP tools, multi-zone completions, clean outs, sand control, flow assurance with PCP, fluid selection, surface well testing both in production and injection and well plug and abandonments. Semwogerere intends to continue pursuing a petroleum-engineering career after completing his master’s degree in petroleum geoscience and production.

During his free time, he enjoys travelling, photography, and meeting new people.

 Lotanna Ohazuruike is a devout Christian, a skilled researcher and an adept petroleum engineering academic. Perhaps the earliest display of his flair for research was demonstrated when, contrary to convention, he designed a wooden power–operated car for a junior secondary school project at the age of 12. Afterward, he graduated from the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Lagos as a science ace, excelling in the STEM subjects.

He was subsequently admitted into the petroleum engineering programme at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria (RSUST) having emerged as the top engineering student in the entrance examinations. He was awarded a personal computer by the institution for emerging as the overall best engineering student at the end of his first year. He graduated with a first class honors, receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Academic Excellence in April 2014. In his undergraduate thesis, he successfully showed that reservoir pressure transient behavior was more of a wave phenomenon than the generally conceived diffusion phenomenon (SPE–173645–STU). His research won him the Best Paper Award at the 2014 SPE African Region Student Paper Contest in the Petroleum Training Institute, Warri, Nigeria.

Ohazuruike’s service to SPE started with him serving as the membership chairman of the SPE RSUST chapter in 2010 until he eventually became the student chapter president in 2012. He also captained the SPE RSUST team to win the 1st SPE African Region PetroBowl contest in April 2014. He has remained an active volunteer at both the local section and national levels.

Lotanna Ohazuruike is natural teacher. He is a part-time research assistant at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology while studying towards a masters in petroleum engineering and project development at the prestigious Institute of Petroleum Studies, which is jointly run by the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and IFP School, France. He hopes to be a professor of reservoir engineering.

Miguel Mendoza

2015 Archie Recipient—Miguel Mendoza

Miguel Mendoza is a resident of Houston, Texas, where he was born. The son of Miguel Mendoza and Nora Sosa, he attended Galena Park High School and graduated as valedictorian. He currently attends the University of Texas at Austin, where he is working toward a degree in petroleum engineering.

Mendoza was a tuba player in the Galena Park High School Band of Gold, earning All-Region and All-Area honors in 2013 and 2014. During his senior year, he was voted band president and appointed field captain. Mendoza hopes to continue performing as part of the Longhorn Band.

He was also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (National Honor Society), the Spanish Honor Society, the Interact Club, and Texas Future Music Educators. CollegeBoard named him a National Hispanic Scholar for his academic achievements.

Miguel Mendoza’s interest in petroleum engineering arose when he traveled across Texas to visit his family in El Paso. He saw oil drills off in the distance as they rode on the highway and wanted to find out more about them. Living in the city known as the “Energy Capital of the World” gave him even more exposure to the wonders that the energy industry can create. After obtaining his degree, he plans on returning to Houston to help innovate the petroleum and energy industry.


Congratulations Aygyul Telyasheva—2015 Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship Winner!

Aygyul Telyasheva is a PhD candidate concentrating on process chemistry of fuels and high energy substances. She is also the president of the SPE student chapter of the Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (USPTU) in Russia. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemical technology of natural energy carriers and hydrocarbon materials at the USPTU and graduated summa cum laude from this program.

Telyasheva is fluent in English and Russian. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Aygyul’s overall mark  was a perfect 5.0, and the best among   all students in Russia.

USPTU SPE student chapter won an Outstanding Student Chapter Award and a Russia and Caspian Regional Director Award (1st place). She has received an Official Golden Legacy of World Petroleum Council Award and has been a winner of many regional, all-Russian and international contests and competitions. She has been published more than ten times in different journals and conferences related to the process of engineering.

Telyasheva has also created a project called “ProfTELEPORT,” which builds a connection between students and the industry. ProfTELEPORT has been accepted by several major oil and gas companies and universities as a strategy for involving young, ambitious, and highly educated students in business.

SPE Announces 2015 Section Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating our sections who have been recognized for displaying exemplary efforts in technical knowledge dissemination, operations, member benefits, society and community outreach, innovation, and more. They will be presented with awards at the President’s Luncheon at our 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Houston, Texas, USA.

2015 Section Award Winners

President’s Award for Section Excellence
Benin City Nigeria
Gulf Coast
Northeast India
Port Harcourt
Saudi Arabia
South Australian
Warri Nigeria

Section Award for Innovation

Section Award for Outstanding Young Professional Activity
Golfo San Jorge

Section Award for Outstanding Student Support
North India
Oklahoma City
South China Sea

Gold Standard Sections
Los Angeles Basin
Trinidad and Tobago
Uintah Basin Petroleum