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Montana Tech SPE Student Chapter Lend a Helping Hand

Members of the Montana Tech chapter recently participated in a Thanksgiving community food drive.  In addition to collecting food from the campus, they also purchased $200 of food, which was then distributed.

The chapter also took part in the Montana Tech Christmas Bazaar, where over $7,000 was raised by the chapter.


Saudi Arabia Students Visit Saudi Aramco

A one-day tour of the oil and gas industry was organized for students on August 4, 2010. A total of 18 students visited Saudi Aramco where they were introduced to the Oil and Gas Business. The tour started with a presentation on the different disciplines of the industry such as exploration, drilling and production, followed by a 3D movie describing the industry’s role in supplying the world with needed energy.

The tour was concluded with a visit to Saudi Aramco’s Event Solution Center. At the center, students were familiarized with how the center functions and how its multidisciplinary team integrates data to achieve successful decision in a timely manner.


SPE Student Chapter NED Holds Annual Dinner

The main social event for the NED student chapter was the 2010 Annual Dinner. 170 students, faculty and guests from the industry attended. Guests bid farewell to the graduating class of 2006-2007.

The event was a  great opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Some created imaginative and witty short films which were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience. Live acts were equally well-received.

Sumair Ahmed, SPE NED Student Chapter President 2010, gave a farewell speech and introduced the 2011 Committee to the audience.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening.

SPE Student Chapter UPES Goes Green

Members of the UPES Chapter volunteered at the Second Annual Dehradun Tree Festival in aid of Green Doon, an NGO working for environmental causes.  More than 1,000 children from local schools attended the festival.

The chapter’s environmental section, the “Theme Based Plantation Team,” had a stall at the festival and educated children about biodiesel.  The team’s vision is to protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations, based on sustainable development.

Other activities of the day included drama, poster making, free speech, fancy dress, and poem and essay competitions, all based on an environmental theme.

SPE Student Chapter University of Trinidad & Tobago Raises Money for Charity

The UT&T chapter used their YouTube channel to raise awareness of their annual Charity Christmas Buffet Breakfast.  Over 140 people attended.

Proceeds from the event will go toward two important charitable projects that the UT&T Chapter plans to embark upon:

– Water collection for hurricane victims

– Food hampers for underprivileged families

SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Staying Busy

SPE student members at Marietta College hosted 2nd Annual Student Technical Sessions (ASTS), where students came together to share knowledge gained through summer internships.

Members also volunteered at “Up Til Dawn”, where students gathered to mail out donation request letters on behalf of St. Jude’s Hospital.  Recipients of these letters were able to send their donations in a prepaid envelope back to Marietta College.  The donations were then given to St. Jude’s Hospital.

To round things off, the students travelled to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche hockey match.  A fun evening was had by all!

Society of Petroleum Engineers Establishes First New US Section in 3 Years

Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers

HORSEHEADS, New York, 15 November 2010 – The Society of Petroleum Engineers has established a new section in the United States in the Twin Tiers area of Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. The SPE Twin Tiers Section is the first new SPE section in the US since 2007 and was established to provide a resource for the Twin Tiers region and the rapidly growing Marcellus Shale development through community education, professional development and networking.

At this time, the Twin Tiers section consists of 32 members and it is actively looking for new members and to coordinate efforts with existing members. If you are interested in joining or working with the SPE Twin Tiers Section, please contact the Section Chairman, Adam Bell at (607) 742-0450,, 224 North Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Section Membership Chairman Nat Hendricks at (718) 834-1010

SPE membership includes engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, operators, educators and other professionals who work in the global upstream oil and gas industry, as well as student members. Student members are enrolled in petroleum engineering programs and related fields at universities around the world.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves 92,000-plus members in 117 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, conferences, workshops, forums, and website