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SPE Student Chapter KSU Attends SAOGE

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) attended the 3rd Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition on October 10. Seven students represented KSU at the conference, having traveled from Riyadh City to Dammam City. Sponsoring companies were impressed by the way King Saud University students handled scientific questions and debates. The chapter is poised to participate in many more events in the coming months.


SPE Student Chapter KSU Hosts a Welcoming Party

On 9 October, SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual welcoming party along with the celebration of being the Chapter of the Month for October!

This was also a congratulatory event for the petroleum and natural gas engineering department for attaining ABET accreditation. During the party, the vice president of the engineering college gave a speech along with the chairman of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department. SPE Student Chapter KSU President, Sayed Hassan Mohamed, also spoke. KSU student chapter spokesmen Sami Talbi presented on the chapter’s plans and the opportunities for the students to get involved. The presentations ended with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honor but the celebrations continued.


SPE Student Chapter CUPB Holds a Technical Lecture

On October 14, the SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) held the technical lecture of “Water Quest”. Zhang Hongquan, an associate professor from Tulsa University was invited. During the 2-hour lecture Professor Zhang first analyzed the current situation of water resources in China and other areas of the world and put forward his research and acknowledgement on water use and saving. Based on the theory of water circulation, he proposed some creative views, such as improving the arid climate in the northeast China and revitalizing the Silk Road through water transfer. He then engaged in a lively conversation about water transfer and its feasibility with the students.

After that, Professor Zhang shared his latest patent “Overhead Receiver”. The new technology, which is used for exploration of gas hydrate, helps to solve the problem of high cost and difficulty of the submarine gas hydrate exploration.

The interactive session came last. The active communication between students and Professor Zhang warmed the atmosphere. After the lecture, Professor Zhang took pictures with the Executive Committee of SPE, and then they exchanged souvenirs.


SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Participates in Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing

Spokesmen of Tyumen SPE Chapter participated in SPE conference titled “Hydraulic Fracturing in Russia: Experience and Perspective” held 28-30 September in Nizhnevartovsk, Western Siberia, Russia. Approximately 132 participants from Russian and international companies presented papers and participated in sessions. One of the most prominent guests at this conference was Michael Economides, a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas, and Dmitry Chernishev, the technical spokesman of Smith International. The conference was about hydraulic fracturing in Russia. Hydraulic fracturing, as a method of well stimulation, started in USA in the late 1940s. In the Soviet Union, it was used for the first time in 1952. Hydraulic fracturing was initially a primarily completion method for injection wells in the course of peripheral water-flooding.  Later on, in the former Soviet Union, hydraulic fracturing was done in oil wells with river sand employed as proppant material. The second coming of hydraulic fracturing took place consequently on dramatically worsened structure of reserves in Russia in the early 1990s. By now the Russian oil and gas companies have accumulated substantial experience in hydraulic fracturing operations under various geological conditions.

Tyumen Photo


SPE Student Chapter KNUST Visits Ashanti Mines

On October 2nd, approximately 250 attendees, 143 of those SPE members of the SPE Student Chapter Kwame – Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, visited the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Mines Sansu Shaft at Obuasi as part of a Geology field observation. The mine is the biggest in Ghana and one of the largest in Africa.

Kwame Photo

The members toured the general geology and specific geology areas of the site, including the Sansu Shaft, which is the largest shaft there. Members saw the actual operations involved in the selection of the rock and the breaking of it. They went on to observe the conveyor system and the processing unit. Finally, the students were guided through the chemical processing to see gold processing.

Kwame Photo

German Section of SPE Hosts Student Technical Conference

A yearly event, Student Technical Conference hosted by the Germen Section of SPE recently took place in Wietze, Germany on the 7th and 8th of October. The program was both enjoyable and educational. Several universities were given the opportunity to speak at the event. The universities included TU Clausthal and TU Berlin among others. There were over 15 prominent speakers. 10 participants took part in the poster contest. A program summary is available for download. Cheers to a successful event!

2010 Canada Region STAR Scholarship and Fellowship Winners Revealed

Each year, SPE awards STAR scholarships and fellowships representing a 1 million dollar commitment to education. The undergraduate scholarship is for $5000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000 USD while the graduate fellowship is $10,000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $40,000 USD.
SPE Canada Region awards one Scholarship and one Fellowship annually.  Details can by found at
Canada Region STAR Scholarship – Ridi Rahman, University of Alberta
Canada Region STAR Fellowship – Nisael Solano, University of Calgary

Guest Lecturer Visits Marietta

On September 2, 2010 Mr. Turley, former Marathon VP of Engineering & Technology, came to Marietta to lecture for 2 hours on the Macondo well blowout that occurred in April, 2010. Topics included:  casing design, drilling mud systems, hydrostatic pressure and the effects of a gas kick.  There were 51 attendees – 44 members, 2 guests, and 5 faculty members.

2011 winning sections

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The purpose of the SPE President’s Award For Section Excellence is to recognize SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, and cooperation with other SPE sections distinguish them. Because the award recognizes exceptional merit in a number of areas, it is not required that an award be given every year; up to six awards may be given annually. Learn more.

2011 winning sections

2011 Winning Sections



Gulf Coast

LA Basin


Saudi Arabia


2011 Most Improved Sections

Calgary and Port Harcourt (tie)

2011 Most Innovative New Program

Ghana and London (tie)

Previous Years