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Submit to Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest by May 15

SPE holds ten regional student paper contests allowing students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate level to showcase their skills and research, competing against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the international student paper contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

The SPE Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest is scheduled for 15 June 2011 at University of Regina. All current SPE student members located in the Canadian region are invited to participate.   The winners will travel to the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver to compete against students from other regions in the International Student Paper contest.

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SPE President Alain Labastie visits Student Chapter PDPU

SPE 2011 President Alain Labastie gave a presentation to members of the PDPU Student Chapter on 24 January. He discussed:

·         the importance of the Petroleum Industry with respect to GHG emissions
·         the challenges that young petroleum graduates face in the workforce, and how to apply university education in the field
·         the different SPE fellowship programs on offer
·         continuing membership with SPE after graduation

All the students found the talk highly motivating.

Alain Labastie also judged a poster competition based on “Green Earth and Global Warming” and presented certificates to the winners.  Creativity, conceptual design and aesthetics were included in the judging categories.

SPE announces New Student Chapter of the Month

Way to Go to SPE January 2011 Student Chapter of the Month – University of Petroleum China, Beijing!

Our New Year Student Chapter of the Month, University of Petroleum China, Beijing (CUPB) has been a very busy chapter.

They had chapter representatives participate in the monthly meeting of SEP-NCI in Lido hotel.  The corporate SPE members were managers and technicians were from Schlumberger, Newfield, Corelab, Petrofac, ExxonMobil and other notable petroleum companies.  The theme of this meeting was “The Application of Geomechanics in Research of Shale and Gas”.  The speaker was Dr. Zheng Zhiqiong. The General Manager, Sales and Marketing of North Asia of Baker Hughes, Inc.  The meeting enable participating students to learn how to improve their standards in making wise career goals. 

Members of this chapter attended The 2nd Oil & Gas Horizons” meeting held at Gubkin University in Moscow Russia.  The president of CUPB Chapter made a presentation on their chapter including their outstanding accomplishments.  During the essay contest at this event, Shang Yun, Wang Ping, and Li Qiu from CUPB, all won awards! 

CUPB Student Chapter hosted the technical lecture “Wellbore Cement Integrity Issues in Carbon Capture and Storage”.  Petromentor International Education Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Supported this event where Professor Mileva Radonjic from Louisiana State University presented the lecture.  Dr. RAdonjic gave detailed introduction to the process, summarized the risks and actively discussed the topic with the attending students. 

Last month CUPB hosted a two day visit of visitors from Malaysia University of Technology (UTM).  Chen Mian, the dean of the Petroleum Engineering Department, and Liang Yongtu, the Deputy Party Secretary of the department met the guests in the international center.  The event included personal introductions, lively visits, speeches and taking photos.  Communication included discussion of traditional culture and petroleum engineering knowledge.  They visited labs on heavy crude oil refining, hole stability, oil/gas field development, gas preservation, transportation, oil geology and related topics.

University of Petroleum China, Beijing is definitely expanding their knowledge and growing their chapter!  Congratulations, once again CUPB on being SPE January Student Chapter of the new year! 

Keep up the Good Work!!

View the International Student Paper Contest Winners

2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.

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SPE ISM Dhanbad Chapter Inaugurates Program

SPE Indian School of Mines Dhanbad Chapter hosted an inaugural event for the Cairn – Industry Interaction Programme (C-IIIP). More than 150 students and many professors attended the event.

The event started with a lamp lighting ceremony to inaugurate C-IIIP followed by speeches from the director, Prof. T. Kumar, and SPE ISM faculty sponsor Prof. Ajay Mandal. The event featured two guest lectures from Vipin Kumar, Principal Petroleum Engineer, Cairn India and Parvez Khan, Sand Control Specialist, Baker Hughes.

The topic of the lectures was sand control measures in Mangala Field, Rajasthan. A question-and-answer session followed the lectures and enthusiastic students and professors asked numerous questions.

The event concluded with Prof. S. K. Patra and Ankit Agarwal,Vice-President of the ISM SPE student chapter,  thanking both the guest lecturers on behalf of the ISM.

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SPE CUPB Student Chapter Hosts Guest Lecturer

The China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) SPE student chapter invited Probjot Singh from ConocoPhillips, an expert in paraffin precipitation and flow assurance, to give the lecture and answer questions. During the lecture, Singh outlined the dangers of paraffin deposition through an analysis of the production practice in both the Staffa Field and the Badami Field. This was followed by a thorough demonstration of the methods to prevent and eliminate the paraffin deposition in the field. 

After the meeting, Singh, accompanied by university faculty and the president of SPE CUPB Student Chapter, toured the campus and the Storage and Transportation laboratory.