The UTT student chapter of the month has been keeping busy engaging its current members and recruiting new ones. The executive member of the UTT student chapter visited the University’s S.F.T.I campus where they demonstrated the benefits of being a student member of SPE.
They highlighted the achievements that the student chapter has achieved and seminars and forums that the chapter has hosted, including a seminar on “Production Optimization using ESPs, presented by a past graduate of UTT who is currently training at Petrotrin.
Along with recruiting and retaining members, the UTT chapter encourages it members to give back to the community. The student chapter held its annual blood drive in September that allowed each chapter member to give blood.
Also, in September, the student chapter donated hampers to the elderly and mentally challenged at the Couva Extended Care Centre. They singed and danced while visiting with the patients.
On November 30, UTT student chapter hosted their third annual “Trini Christmas Breakfast” from which the proceeds from the dishes that were sold are used to prepare food hampers for those who are less fortunate.
Congratulations, University of Trinidad and Tobago for achieving student chapter of the month. Keep up the great work!
Mr. Labastie was introduced by the UPPA student chapter president Brice Siewe during a visit to University of Pau. Mr. Labastie presented on “Hydrocarbons Reserves and Resources: Facts and Myths”. He spoke about unconventional resources, which represent huge resources, and the challenges associated with converting them into reserves and production. These challenges include high technology development, investment and a large open field of jobs. Another aspect of their exploitation is that they can remodel economy by allowing countries to become energetically independent.
As he concluded his talk, Mr. Labastie gave details about SPE, the members, student chapters, conferences, forums and workshops that SPE offers.
On December 15, Southwest Petroleum University held an opening ceremony. SWPU is a newly established student chapter that has grown to over 200 members, based in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Dr. Qingyou Lui, vice president of Southwest Petroleum University, congratulated the student chapter on its establishment and encouraged SPE SWPU student chapter to broaden their horizon and strengthen cooperation with other chapters.
Included in the opening ceremony festivities was a technical seminar titled “Oilfield Economics and Value of Information Analysis,” presented by Dr. Joe Voekler from Chevron Corporation.
The successful establishment of the SPE SWPU student chapter has been off to a great start, as they have hosted and sponsored several activities, such as hosting the first SPE student paper contest of the Chengdu Sichuan section.
Congratulations, SWPU, on establishing your student chapter. Keep up the great work!
SPE METU NCC student chapter organized a “Summer Practice Guidance & Photo Exhibition” seminar on December 12. Selected Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students who had their summer practice shared their experiences with other students. They shared their difficulties, positives and social and technical terms. The photo exhibition also showcased photos from the summer practice.
In addition to the photo exhibition, Prof. Dr. Salih Saner presented the Past President award to the previous student chapter president Harun Yarim.
Some of SPE’s most active and excited members are the students. Our 230 student chapters span six continents, and several times a month we receive new chapter activity reports about the latest field trips, fundraisers and competitions hosted all over the world. Being a student member is both fun and educational, and we want you to join!
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Belonging to a student chapter will give you the footing and support you need as you begin your involvement at SPE. Our chapters divide their time between activities that enrich their education and give back to the community.
And, don’t worry, it’s not all work. Our chapters know how to have fun! Earlier this month, the University of Manchester Student Chapter organized the SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup in England. We document many of these activities on this blog.
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In an effort to promote student involvement with peers from other universities, the University of Manchester organized the SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup. The football cup comprised two 5-a-side teams from each university. The winning team competed for a trophy and the honor of being champions of the first ever inter-chapter competition. The University of Manchester not only organized the football cup but was also crowned the winner! The event was followed by a social gathering with the hopes of establishing a network for future young professionals in the north of England.
Congratulations on your win, University of Manchester!
Distinguished lecturer Dr. Hazim Abass of Saudi Aramco helped celebrate 50 years of the Distinguished Lecturer Program by speaking at Tyumen State Oil & Gas University. Dr. Abass is a graduate of Baghdad’s University of Oil & Gas and the Colorado School of Mines in Denver. He is now a leading petroleum engineer at Saudi Aramco. Dr. Abass holds 9 patents and has written 40 research articles. The student chapter enjoyed a lecture on the “Use and Misuse of Applied Rock Mechanics in Petroleum Engineering”. It was Dr. Abass’s first trip to Russia, and he was excited to share his experience of working in the petroleum industry. He worked at the Halliburton research center in Oklahoma and then moved to the Venezuela research center. The TSOGU student chapter was honored to have the opportunity to interact and gain the knowledge of someone with Dr. Abass’s experience.
BUE student chapter competed in a soccer game against other SPE student chapters in to win a gold medal. The Soccer league is organized by the YP and SPE Egypt student chapters. The winners of the soccer game are awarded gold medals, second place receive silver medal, and third place receive a bronze medal. The BUE student chapter ranked second, receiving a silver medal.
The competition didn’t end with soccer! The BUE student chapter competed against other student chapter in SPE Trivia. SPE Trivia was a competition where teams are challenged to answer both technical and non-technical questions associated with the oil and gas industry.
Congratulations BUE student chapter on winning the silver medal!
The UPES student chapter celebrated two years as a student chapter with SPE with a cake cutting ceremony. The student chapter has seen tremendous growth since 2009.
They have hosted several seminars, social activities and awareness programs, including a CV-Building Workshop where students learned how to create a good CV and learned the difference between a CV and a resume.
On December 1st, the World AIDS Day, the UPES student chapter undertook a campaign to raise awareness amongst the student body. They presented a street play and displayed a banner that faculty and students were able to sign. The campaign also included a Facebook slogan writing competition and poster making competition.
In conjunction with the Worlds AIDS Day campaign, the UPES student chapter also hosted “GOOGLE Mania”, where participants were tested on their technical knowledge, logical ability and thinking capability. Teams were given a questionnaire, which they had to use the search engine GOOGLE to answer. The focus of the event was to test the teams speed, and their logical reasoning to enter the right search string to receive the correct answer as soon as possible.
Congratulations, UPES for two years with SPE, keep up the good work!