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Petroleum Day Held at Pontificia Universidad Catolica do Rio de Janeiro Student Chapter

“Petroleum Day” is a bi-monthly event established by the SPE PUC-Rio Student Chapter where invited special guests talk about their work and industry experience. It is also an opportunity to talk about SPE, and, recently, the Pascoal Action. The lecturer was Ruben Caligari, former Regional Director for South America and the Caribbean. Record 88 students attended the event, and there was tremendous positive feedback from the students.

The chapter is also taking part in the HSBC Volunteer Project. The goal is to reach the Millennium Objectives as promoted by the United Nations through social enterprise. The chapter achieved their newest record in gathering 95 items in chocolate eggs, bars and candy for the cause.

Great job!

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SPE President and Middle East Sections Meet in Mumbai During 2012 OGIC

2012 SPE President Dr. Ganesh Thakur released SPE New Delhi section newsletter during the section officers’ meeting held on March 30 in Mumbai alongside 2012 OGIC. Nearly 50 officers representing all the Indian sections were present. Sections shared their best practices, and SPE President Dr. Thakur gave an elaborate presentation about SPE to the officers. SPE Staff from the Middle East also gave an informative presentation about SPE programs, regional awards, scholarship program, website hosting and membership builder tool. SPE New Delhi section shared that they were the first section to adopt the new website hosting service. Great job, New Delhi section!

From left: Ashutosh Pasricha, Sukhvinder Sodhi, 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur, Jayant Malhotra, Rahul Bali

 

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East Texas Section Awards James L. Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Clay Austin Pollard (center) receives the James L. Ellis Memorial scholarship. Presenting the award is Mr. Robert Ellis (right) and Mr. Phil Pongetti (left). Photo by Mr. Dudley Vann.

University of Texas student Mr. Clay Austin Pollard recently received the second annual James L. Ellis Memorial scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. Clay is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in petroleum engineering and is from Tyler, Texas. He is a past recipient of the East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship and has worked as an engineering Intern for EXCO Resources Inc. Clay will be employed with EXCO as a drilling engineer upon graduation.

About the scholarship

The East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers administers the scholarship. Perspective candidates must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be pursuing a career in the petroleum industry. The family of the late James L. Ellis established the James L. Ellis Memorial SPE Scholarship in 2010 in Jim’s memory. Mr. Ellis worked for over 55 years in the oil and gas business, both overseas and domestically, after graduating from Rice University in 1950. In 1961, he moved to Tyler to work for a local independent oil producer, then as a consulting petroleum engineer. In 1983, he founded Ellis Exploration, Inc. which is still operated by his two sons and daughter-in-law. Mr. Ellis was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and an active member of the East Texas Section of SPE, receiving the Legion of Honor Award for 50 years of continuous membership and service in 2005.

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African Region Student Paper Contest Winners Named

African region student paper contest was recently held during the 2012 SPE Students Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCE) at the University of Lagos. Ogunleye Ayowole from the University of Ibadan student chapter took first place with paper “Development of a Vogel Type Inflow Performance Relations for Horizontal Wells”, making it the fourth time in a row a student from the University of Ibadan won the contest. Second place was awarded to Adedayo Adeala, also from the same chapter, who wrote and presented a paper titled “Using Local Additives (Crushed Corn Cob) to improve Properties of Water Based Mud.” Congratulations to the winners!



Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest Winners Awarded

The 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest was held in conjunction with the 2012 WNAR SPE conference on March 20th 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Reza Rastegar from Chevron served as the coordinator for this event.  Various SPE sections stepped forward to provide travel and housing sponsorship for students from various schools to attend the contest and the convention.  On behalf of all participating schools and contestants, they would like to thank the following industrial and SPE section sponsors:

  • SJV SPE Section
  • Aera Energy
  • LA Basin SPE Section
  • Alaska SPE Section
  • Golden Gate SPE Section

The winners in the PhD division:

Michael Krause, Stanford University, first place
Mohammad Shahvali, Stanford University, second place

The winners in the combined Master’s/undergraduate division:

Salem Aldousary, Stanford University, first place
Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place
Kurt Wilson, Stanford University, third place
John Demallie was the undergraduate contestant

 

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2012 Western Regional Meeting Successfully Held in Bakersfield, California

The 2012 Western Regional Meeting was hosted by the San Joaquin Valley SPE section in Bakersfield, California. About 500 technical professionals and 200 exhibitors attended the meeting.  This year’s theme was ”Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, 100 year operations, tight shales, smart fields and the Pacific Ocean.”

The conference featured two separate plenary sessions, welcome luncheon with keynote speaker Tim Kustic, award luncheon with keynote speaker 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur and training courses.

Students from Stanford University, University of Southern California, Berkley and University of Alaska Fairbanks competed in the student paper contest hosted by University of Southern California. 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur presented awards to the top-ranked students.

The meeting also offered entertainment and networking opportunities. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of “spOILed The Movie”. The feature attracted more than 200 professionals and Director Mark Mathis answered numerous questions and engaged in spirited dialog with the attendees. The other events included a tour of several great Paso Robles wineries and the SJV SPE Annual golf tournament, which signed-up more than 230 players in two morning and afternoon flights.

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LASPE Volunteers Help Make Middle School Mesa Day a Success

Here is an update from Los Angeles Basin Section Newsletter:

LASPE did itself proud at the Middle School MESA Day, with our volunteers performing as science project competition judges, math test proctors, and giving presentations to students and teachers. Pictures tell the story, and all of our volunteers had a wonderful time, lots of fun, and at the end of the day, knew we did a great job that made MESA Day a success.

We had over 520 excited and determined middle school students from the Long Beach, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount, and Wilmington areas. Their science projects ranged from Mousetrap- powered cars, Windmills, Gliders, Bridges, Models and Posters about the Human Eye, and a new pilot project building Prosthetic Hands. We were amazed at what these students could design and build, as some of the rules were up to 25 pages long, and rules were strictly enforced.

Four of our LASPE members are MESA Alumni: Vanessa Perez (CA State Lands Commission), Uduak Ntuk (City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Dept), and Estuardo Iriarte and Miguel Cabrera (Occidental Petroleum). They conducted several Engineering Panel Sessions to talk to students about their similar hardship backgrounds, how they became engineers and geologists, and what they do at their jobs.

Wanjiru Njuguna, a geologist for Oxy, demonstrated 3-D geologic modeling and answered student questions on faulting, rocks, fossils, and even shale oil. She learned that one student gave a competitive speech that morning on fracking shale oils, and that student had good questions to ask.

Great job, LASPE, on these great accomplishments!

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A Big Welcome to Our Newest SPE Student Chapters

We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters!

  • Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz in Bolivia
  • Federal University of Bahia in Brazil
  • Universidade Estacio de Sa in Brazil
  • Anna Universit in India
  • AMET University in India
  • Mehran University, Khairpur Mir’s in Pakistan
  • Coventry University in United Kingdom

Contact information for these chapters can be found here.

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.

 

Billings Petroleum Section’s Offers Generous Support to a Regional Science Bowl

The Billings Petroleum section recently provided outstanding support to the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl, a component of the US Department of Energy National Science Bowl program. The Bowl was held February 3-4, 2012, in Billings, Montana, and attracted a total of 210 students. The section donated five lock-out buzzer systems to use for future competitions, a gift that cost $2,875. This generous gesture will benefit the Montana youth for years to come. Way to go, Billings Petroleum Section!

More information on this event can be found here:

About the National Science Bowl

DOE launched its National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. The National Science Bowl’s high school competition now involves more than 13,000 students. DOE introduced the National Science Bowl’s competition for middle school students in 2002. It now involves more than 5,000 students. http://science.energy.gov/nsb/