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PE Student Chapter University of Tulsa’s Recent Activities

The University of Tulsa chapter has submitted a lot of activity reports to us recently.  Here’s a highlight of their 2011 achievements so far:

Engineering week – the chapter held a “Middle School Open House” where students from Tulsa school visited the University and toured the different aspects of engineering available to them.  The chapter had a booth set up with a few hands on activities and educated the students about the roles of petroleum engineers.

Tulsa University Service Day – Chapter members visited the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) to volunteer their services. The Students spent their day shoveling gravel and transporting it to the animal pens to provide the animals with a better environment.

Lunch and Learn – The chapter’s last Lunch and Learn covered the benefits of continuing on with SPE after graduation into SPE Young Professionals and the SPE Mid-Continent region.  These benefits included career guidance, networking, professional events, and numerous links to knowledge from the  The presentations were given by Lauren Silverman from Baker Hughes and Mark Bozeck from Frac Tech.  Lunch was provided by SPE YP and Mid-Cont, and drinks were provided by University Of Tulsa SPE.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.

SPE Student Chapter University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Launches a Magazine

About 200 members of the UPES Chapter were fortunate to have Alain Labastie (2011 SPE president), Waleed Refray (SPE Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa and India) and Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE Indian Council) at the launch of their magazine “ENERGY ERA”. The visit also coincided with the UPES SPE FEST 2011.

The launch of the ENERGY ERA Magazine

The guests later planted saplings in the University campus as a symbol of environmental awareness, before attending a dinner hosted by the University and Section in honor of the SPE President.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.

SPE Student Chapter Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Recruits New Members

The PETRONAS student chapter recently organized and held an “Education and Exposure Week”.  The main objectives of this program were to:

  • Cultivate and foster the interest and awareness of the oil and gas industry among the UTP student community.
  • Promote the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS student chapter.
  • Provide a platform for experienced personnel in the oil & gas industry to share their experiences and knowledge with students

The week resulted in over 270  students signing up to be members of the student chapter.

Guest Speaker Ms Zahidah Bt Mohd Zaid from PETRONAS Research Private Limited was invited to give a talk on “Enhanced Oil Recovery.”


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Congratulations University of Arkansas College (UACCM) – SPE Student Chapter of the Month for March!

Although just recently established, SPE Student Chapter UACCM has come out running very strong!  Their student members of the chapter

  • were recognized at an event discussing Well Control-Current Trends and Concerns with speaker Odon Simoneaux.
  • participated in an event where Ron Walsmith presented a discussion on EPA, GHG and Methane Emissions in Gas Production and Transmission.
  • participated in fundraising activities at their Student Government Association’s Fall Fest and also the Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund Annual Golf Tournament.
  • volunteered during the American Red Cross Blood Drive.

With all these events, the team is working hard to maintain a successful excellent student chapter.  Congratulations once again UACCM for being selected the March 2011 SPE Student Chapter of the Month!

Moret Comprehensive College win the quiz in the Zone A round.

SPE Student Chapter University of Ibadan Holds “Catch Them Young” Program

The University of Ibadan Chapter successfully ran a series of three workshops at different venues (or “zones”).  Overall, approximately 400 students from 10 colleges and schools participated.

The idea of the scheme was to give students an insight into the petroleum and engineering industry. The events proved to be popular with the participants.

The following Chapter members gave talks on the topics “Petroleum Engineers Make a World of Difference”, “SPE and its Benefits” and “Safety Tips”: Gbenga Abe, Tunde Awojobi, Toba Isehunwa, Demeji Adeyemi, Yinka Bamidele, Gerald Ekechukwu, Rufus Oluwaseyi  and Victor Oyebokun.

The program also included the following:

  • Quiz Competition for participating schools
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Award of Certificate of Participation
  • Presentation of a short drilling video
Moret Comprehensive College win the quiz in the Zone A round.
The Zone C Q&A session was extremely useful.
SPE Student Chapter University of Idaban President Gbenga Abe giving the certificate to Zone B participants.
Zone A participants.

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen State Oil and Gas University Advertises Their Annual Conference

Members of the TSU Student Chapter made a short film to promote the  Annual Conference titled “Modern Technologies for the Oil and Gas Industry of West Siberia.” The conference will take place in April 2011 at the West Siberian Innovation Center of Oil and Gas. The film covered general information about the conference and information on the paper contest. The Chapter felt it was a good way to attract new members and raise interest in the event from other chapters.  They are promoting the event as a place for young professionals and students to share experiences and ideas.



SPE Student Chapter Palawan State University Donate to Tagabinet School

The Paskong Handong SPE PSU Student Chapter Outreach Program is an annual event held to bring benefits to the indigenous people of Palawan. Gifts, school supplies, canned goods and clothing were given this year to children at the Tagabinet Elementary School in Puerto Princesa City.  Tagabinet is a small community at the foot of the mountains, with no electricity supply. The photos below show the cheer the PSU Student Chapter brought to these children.  What an accomplishment!


SPE Student Chapter NED recruits new members

The SPE NED Student Chapter Orientation Program was arranged for freshmen students of the petroleum department.

A 90-minute presentation was delivered by Mr. Sami Toor and Mr. Faisal Anwar.  The presentation gave a background on SPE before focusing on the benefits of being a member of the student chapter.  The Chapter Officers were introduced, and the freshmen learned of the achievements of the chapter in previous years.

The session was a success, resulting in about 45 new members signing up for SPE and joining the NED Student Chapter.