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Nominate a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturers are nominated by their peers, and selected by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee for quality, timeliness and relevance of presentations. We solicit nominations from each region of the world to cover all disciplines.

Do you know someone who is an authority in their field and an experienced public speaker? Nominate by 31 March. The process is now easier and faster.


2012 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Recipient is Amirmasoud Kalantari Dahaghi

Congratulations to the 2012 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Recipient – Amirmasoud Kalantari Dahaghi!

Mr. Kalantari-Dahaghi is a PhD student in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. Amirmasoud received his BS in petroleum engineering from Petroleum University of Technology and MS in petroleum and natural gas engineering from West Virginia University in 2010.

His current research interests include modeling & simulation of shale gas reservoirs and computational Intelligence application in shale gas modeling.  He played a coordinating role in several shale gas projects in Petroleum Engineering & Analytics Research Lab. (PEARL) at West Virginia University. Amirmasoud has published several technical papers and has presented in SPE conferences and also served as a technical reviewer for several SPE and other petroleum engineering related journals.


Congratulations to the February Student Chapter of the Month, University of Manchester!

The University of Manchester student chapter was only established in 2011, but they have already worked hard to put the chapter’s goals into action. The students want to increase technical knowledge, establish professional networking opportunities and create communication and relationships with other student chapters within the London Section.

To assist its members in increasing their knowledge of the industry, the chapter hosted guest lecturer Mike J. Smith. Mr. Smith, formerly the British Petroleum’s Vice President of Reservoir Management, gave a lecture on the topic of “Deepwater Drilling and Macondo”.  He covered techniques and equipment for extracting hydrocarbons from underwater reservoirs and the challenges connected to this process.

Increasing interaction amongst other student chapters within the London Section prompted the Manchester Student chapter to organize the 1st SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup. Other universities that participated included the University of Leeds and University of Salford. The event comprised  5  a-sided teams from each university. The chapters competed for a trophy and the honor of being champions of the first ever inter-chapter competition. Not only did the student chapter organize the event, but they were crowned the winners as well!

Engaging its members, the University of Manchester promotes team building and strengthens team spirit with activities like bowling and rock climbing.

Congratulations, University of Manchester, for being selected as the SPE February Student Chapter of the Month!

SPE Novosibirsk State University Student Chapter to Host Conference

The 6th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference

When: 9th -23rd June 2012

Where: Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia

Events Include:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Training Sessions
  • Field Trips

Important Dates:

  • 20th February 2012 – Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 March 2012 – Information regarding accepted Abstracts

For more information and to register, visit

University of Petroleum & Energy Studies SPE Student Chapter To Host SPE Fest 2012


10th -12th February 2012


University of Petroleum & Energy Studies SPE Student Chapter

Events Include:

  • Techuminati (Paper Presentation)
  • Experience Sharing Programme
  • Virtuso (Poster Presentation)
  • Symposium 2012
  • Source Code (Programming)
  • Shutter Speed (Photography)
  • Noesis (Quiz)
  • Soccer Match

Eminent Personalities Visiting the Chapter:

  • Mr. John Hoppe, Development Disciplines Manager, Shell India
  • Mr. Alain Labastie, 2011 President SPE International
  • Mr. Sudhir Vasudeva, Director Offshore, ONGC
  • Dr. Tarum Chakraborti, President, SPE North India Section

For more information about UPES SPE FEST 2012, email


Congratulations to SPE January Student Chapter of the Month – University of Trinidad and Tobago

The UTT student chapter of the month has been keeping busy engaging its current members and recruiting new ones. The executive member of the UTT student chapter visited the University’s S.F.T.I campus where they demonstrated the benefits of being a student member of SPE.

They highlighted the achievements that the student chapter has achieved and seminars and forums that the chapter has hosted, including a seminar on “Production Optimization using ESPs, presented by a past graduate of UTT who is currently training at Petrotrin.

Along with recruiting and retaining members, the UTT chapter encourages it members to give back to the community.  The student chapter held its annual blood drive in September that allowed each chapter member to give blood.

Also, in September, the student chapter donated hampers to the elderly and mentally challenged at the Couva Extended Care Centre. They singed and danced while visiting with the patients.

On November 30, UTT student chapter hosted their third annual “Trini Christmas Breakfast” from which the proceeds from the dishes that were sold are used to prepare food hampers for those who are less fortunate.

Congratulations, University of Trinidad and Tobago for achieving student chapter of the month. Keep up the great work!




2011 SPE President Alain Labastie Visits University of Pau

Mr. Labastie was introduced by the UPPA student chapter president Brice Siewe during a visit to University of Pau. Mr. Labastie presented on “Hydrocarbons Reserves and Resources: Facts and Myths”. He spoke about unconventional resources, which represent huge resources, and the challenges associated with converting them into reserves and production. These challenges include high technology development, investment and a large open field of jobs. Another aspect of their exploitation is that they can remodel economy by allowing countries to become energetically independent.

As he concluded his talk, Mr. Labastie gave details about SPE, the members, student chapters, conferences, forums and workshops that SPE offers.


Southwest Petroleum University Holds Opening Ceremony

On December 15, Southwest Petroleum University held an opening ceremony. SWPU is a newly established student chapter that has grown to over 200 members, based in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Dr. Qingyou Lui, vice president of Southwest Petroleum University, congratulated the student chapter on its establishment and encouraged SPE SWPU student chapter to broaden their horizon and strengthen cooperation with other chapters.

Included in the opening ceremony festivities was a technical seminar titled “Oilfield Economics and Value of Information Analysis,” presented by Dr. Joe Voekler from Chevron Corporation.

The successful establishment of the SPE SWPU student chapter has been off to a great start, as they have hosted and sponsored several activities, such as hosting the first SPE student paper contest of the Chengdu Sichuan section.

Congratulations, SWPU, on establishing your student chapter. Keep up the great work!


The Middle East Technical University–Cyprus Organizes a Photo Exhibition

SPE METU NCC student chapter organized a “Summer Practice Guidance & Photo Exhibition” seminar on December 12. Selected Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students who had their summer practice shared their experiences with other students. They shared their difficulties, positives and social and technical terms.  The photo exhibition also showcased photos from the summer practice.

In addition to the photo exhibition, Prof. Dr. Salih Saner presented the Past President award to the previous student chapter president Harun Yarim.