Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.

First SPE Student Summit Hosted by Texas A&M Sets Foundation for Students’ Professional Development

The SPE Student Chapter of Texas A&M University recently hosted their first SPE Student Summit. The two-day event was attended by more than 130 undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering students and was represented by six universities. The summit’s topics were chosen specifically with young engineers in mind, and lectures were delivered by 20 experts in the industry and academia. In addition, the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals Committee organized a social event to promote interaction among students and young professionals of the industry.

Pictured above are the SPE-TAMU officers and the Professional Development Committee. From left to right: Kelsey Long, Wade Rodgers, Camille Walker, Michael McKinnerney, Brittney Ferguson, Michael Pickering, Karin Gonzalez, Karn Gupta, and Ernesto Valbuena.

The theme of the Summit, “Setting the Stage for the Big Crew Change,” focused on reinforcing key competencies required for future engineers with the goal of expanding technical knowledge and professional awareness early in their careers. The topics covered during the summit included the future of energy, exploring career opportunities, land management and research careers in petroleum engineering.

Dr. Thomas A. Blasingame (Texas A&M University) giving a keynote speech “Perspectives on Petroleum Engineering.”

The first SPE Student Summit has created a new setting for networking among future professionals of the energy industry while strengthening attendees’ technical and soft skills. Hosts of the summit expect to set this conference as an SPE flagship annual event to gather petroleum engineering students from the United States and abroad.

For more information, visit the conference website tamuspe.com/2012studentsummit.

Panel Session “Exploring Careers Opportunities” is moderated by Kathleen Blankenship (Shell) with 2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi (Aera), Ray Flumerfelt (Pioneer), Susan Howes (Chevron), and Stephen Ingram (Halliburton) as panelists.
Schlumberger presents the WellWatcher Flux technology at Technology Exhibition Session.
Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.