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Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Winners Announced at Banquet

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. The following winners were announced at the 2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Banquet.

Leonard Taylor, Amarillo section, Regional Service award
George Sharpe, Four Corners section, Regional Service award
Melinda Bujnoch, Trans-Pecos Section, Regional Service award
W. Hoxie Smith, Permian Basin, Health Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility   award
Timothy A Leach, Permian Basin, Management and Information award
W.A. Baker II, Permian Basin, Drilling Engineering
Olumayowa Famodimu, Permian Basin, Young Member Outstanding Service
Matt Corser, Permian Basin, Production and Operations
David H Boes, Permian Basin, Projects, Facilities and Construction
James E. Geitgey, Permian Basin, Reservoir Description and Dynamics
Chevron, Distinguished Corporate Support
Calvin Serpas, Permian Basin, Formation Evaluation
Robert Reyes, Permian Basin, Completions, Optimization and Technology
Dr. Thomas W. Engler, Roswell section, Distinguished Achievement – Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

Congratulations to the first quarter winner of the 2012 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Mr. Hans-Uwe Brackel from the SPE German Section!

Previous quarterly winner: Wolfgang Ludwig, SPE German Section.

Build the World SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash and valuable prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September and December.

Do you need help recruiting?


Aleksei Nelaev, Secretary of Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, receives SPE Star Scholarship

Good news for SPE TSOGU Student Chapter!  Aleksei Nelaev, Student Chapter Secretary and 4th year student of Tyumen State Oil and Gas university, has been chosen as SPE STAR Scholarship recipient! He will receive USD 2,500 as a result of this award.

Aleksei wrote several essays describing his views on the petroleum industry and his own future career as a petroleum engineer. It was easy for him, Aleksey said, because of his specialization is development and exploration of oil and gas fields and also because he is winner and prize holder of many international and all-Russian conferences.

This student chapter continues to move forward and they have even more plans for the future, including participation in scholarship and fellowship programs, participation in conferences and congresses, exchange programs (with universities in France and Germany) and hosting a big conference and forum in the near future.


SPE Student Chapter TSOGU’s Treasurer Receives Schlumberger Scholarship

A big congratulations goes to Maxim Nazarenko, who is the recipient of the “Schlumberger Scholarship Award for the Academic Year 2010/2011”.

Maxim was awarded the prize of USD 1,600 on May 25. Candidates were required to have a good knowledge of English and good grades. Schlumberger also assessed how active the students were and how effectively they could work in a team. Maxim said  “This award, undoubtedly, will help me in my University career. This summer I am going to improve my English at a UK language school.” Congratulations, Maxim!


SPE Student Member Applications to Go Paperless Effective 1 September 2011

In order to process applications more efficiently, accurately, and in an environmentally friendly way, SPE will transition to an online-only student member application and renewal process on 1 September 2011. The online application takes less than five minutes to complete.

If you have questions, contact We thank you in advance for your support!




Congratulations SPE Student Chapter of the Month for June – University of Tulsa!

Student members of the SPE University of Tulsa Student Chapter have been staying busy. They recently represented their chapter at the (AIS) Association of International Students International Night where they enjoyed Indian and Asian food and performances.

The chapter competed against the Chemical Engineering Department in their Annual Spring Soccer Game.

Students of the chapter hosted Mr. Ron Hinn (TU’77) of Petroskills to visit the chapter.  He gave a presentation  focused on how to become a valuable asset early on in your career in a volatile industry.  He spoke extensively of the importance of developing the competencies that will aid in career performance and about making a difference in one’s career throughout life.  Cole Walton and Ross Lubbers of XTO Energy were also hosted by the chapter and gave a presentation on drilling operations in the Bakken in the Williston Basin.  They focused on drilling problems and solutions as well as XTO’s operations.  The student members that attended 2010 ATCE in Florence, Italy organized a meeting to meet and talk about their experiences during the event.  J.P. Dick, founder and manager of Pinnacle Energy Services, provided a Lunch & Learn presentation about reservoir engineering considerations and his personal experiences since graduating for the University of Tulsa in 1983 to members of the chapter.  University of Tulsa SPE Student Chapter’s current president, Emily Woner and Vice President, Krisna Wardhana accepted the award for  1st Place for University of Tulsa Finest Organization for 2010-2011.  The chapter received $500 for this award!

Students also recently participated in Service Day at Tulsa SPCA by shoveling and transporting gravel to animal pens so they can have a better environment.

Students are currently planning an educational forum for the graduate students for Fall 2011; a clay shoot fundraising event; Spring Soccer Day; energy4me programs; and preparing for Petrobowl at 2011 ATCE.

Bravo, University of Tulsa SPE Student Chapter, for winning Student Chapter of the Month for June!  Keep up your exceptional level of performance!


SPE Student Chapter NED participates in POGEE 2011

The NED Chapter was provided with a complimentary booth at the Pakistan Oil, Gas & Energy Exhibition and Conference, which was held at the Expo Centre, Karachi, from May 17 to 19. The theme of the conference was “Energy Solutions; Local and Regional Prospects for Pakistan”.


The Chapter’s representatives used their booth to promote the benefits of being an SPE member via presentations, and also to highlight the Chapter’s activities and achievements. The following student projects were on display:

  • Drilling Rig Model
  • Integrated Drilling Management
  • Artificial Lift Systems

The Drilling Rig Model demonstrated the hoisting, rotating, circulating and power systems. Industry personnel and students from various institutions showed great interest in the model.

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Chapter members also attended the conference sessions on all three days. They felt the event was a great success.

2012 Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the following 2012 recipients!

Africa Region
Fritz Agbor
Uchechukwu Mogbolu
Oluseye Adeyemi
Oluwaseun Fadipe
Roshan Philip
Joseph Paul Lagasca
Eastern North America Region
Anna Boyer
David Trocquet, Jr.
Derek Craig
Dylan Tirpak
Garrett Bromley
Brian Downey
Joseph Joyce
Racha Trabelsi
Gulf Coast North America Region
Eric Redondo
Andrea Hersey
Mid-Continent North America Region
Tyler Harper
Mojtaba Pordel Shahri
Middle East Region
Abdelrahman Eldiasty
Anas Najy
Muhammad Shahrukh
Shubham Sharma
Siddhanta Batshas
Ahmed Alzahabi
Ibrahim Gawish
Zeina Jendi
North Sea Region
Nicholas de Moura Brasil
Sarah Barber
Reza Dashtpour
William Anthony
Northern Asia Pacific Region
Domingos Jorge
Tuchaphon Phetsiripun
Hao Chen
Xuan Gao
Rocky Mountain North America Region
Matthew Kocak
Chunlei Liu
Russia & Caspian Region
Peyruz Gasimov
Ekaterina Eshcherkina
Ivan Deshenenkov
Ivan Arsenevsky
South America & Caribbean Region
Daniel Braga
John Pinto Carvajal
Paola Pastor Chacon
Rodolfo Oliveira
South, Central, East Europe Region
Kahraman Barut
Maciej Kobielski
Artem Shpakov
Tudor Precup
Southern Asia Pacific Region
Kevin Betts
Matthew Cooper
Ramadhan Harmanto
Reda Abdel Azim
Southwestern North America Region
Kailey Brunetto
Harpreet Singh
Western North America Region
Connor Mattson
Jasper Jackson
Diego Vasquez
Mehrdad Gharib Shirangi

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen State Oil and Gas University Talks Technology

The fifth annual conference “Modern Technologies in the Fuel and Energy Sector in West Siberia” took place in the Tyumen Science Park building (Tyumen, Russia). The conference was hosted by Tyumen State University and supported by SPE.

Petroleum industry students and young professionals from Moscow, Ufa, Almetievsk, Tomsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen and Pavlodar (Kazakhstan) attended the Conference.

Students and young researchers presented their works in Oilfields Development and Well Drilling sections.  Jury of the University professors and Tyumen Section representatives selected the winners in the following categories:

«Innovative approach» – Sergey Petrenko (Krasnodar)

«Topicality» – Maksim Faizullin (Tyumen)

«Best presentation» – Ksenia Ivanova (Tyumen)

«Applicability» – Maksim Tsyganov (Tyumen)

«Originality» – Nikolay Glavnov (Tomsk)


SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum – Beijing (CUPB) Welcomes Alain Labastie, SPE President 2011

On April 20, Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding (SPE Section Chair, Northern China International) visited CUPB.

A presentation was given on “The Oil & Gas Industry: What’s next?”.  The speech was divided into four parts:

  • the trend in energy demand, where Alain suggested that with the rapid development in developing countries, the demand of petroleum would keep increasing with little influence from the stimulus of price.
  • reservation and protection of energy, where it was highlighted that the hydrocarbon would stay as an integral part of energy and would not cause a big energy crisis
  • the current situation and outlook of petroleum production: technical problems currently exist during the oil and gas extraction process, and this will continue to cause an imbalance between the production and demand of petroleum until 2020.
  • climate safety, where Alain gave a clear energy classification and proposed his own suggestion for future oil and gas extraction after talking about the green extraction in France.

After the speech, Alain answered questions on hot issues including Libya, graduate employment and the extraction of petroleum.

To conclude the visit Zhang Laibin, Headmaster of CUPB, expressed his warm welcome and congratulations to the achievement of SPE in recent years. He said that the visit from Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding was an important part of the internationalization strategy of CUPB.

The Chapter said “The visit of Alain Labastie is an encouragement to the research and communication work of our university in the field of petroleum and also a support to the work of our SPE student chapter. Our student chapter won the top 16 in the International Oil Knowledge Contest last year and was awarded Chapter of the Month for January 2011.  All these awards are enhancing the reputation of our university in global oil industry as well as increasing our international standards.”