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.
The Palawan State University student chapter held its annual outreach program entitled “Pamaskong Handog ng” in Tagabinet, Palawan, Philippines. Forty-five members of the Palawan State student chapter, along with faculty members, trekked seven kilometers of muddy fields for two hours to reach Purok Kayasan, a desolated small town in Tagabinet, primarily composed of Tagbanua natives.
The student chapter prepared goods composed of rice, canned goods, milk and old clothes. The goods were distributed to seventy Tagbanua and Batuk families. Along with the goods, school supplies were given to small children.
Congratulations, Palawan student chapter for your hard work and giving to others!
Five representatives from the China University of Petroleum student chapter attended the monthly meeting for SPE-NCI in Beijing. The students were able to network with senior managers and technicians from oil and gas companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, MIE, Roc Oil and Core Lab.
The guest speaker was Yan Pan from Chevron. Yan graduated from Stanford University with an MS and PhD in Petroleum Engineering. After graduation she joined Chevron, engaging in well logging, reservoir simulation and the training program for engineers. Ms. Pan’s topic of discussion was “Why is Well Testing Is More Valuable to You Today”. She discussed the current advanced technologies related to reservoir simulation, the new techniques for in-situ measurements of dynamic well, and reservoir data that is of practical use with many kinds of explanation methods of data.
Along with expanding their knowledge of the petroleum engineering industry, the CUPB student chapter also made time to give back. On January 13, the CUPB student chapter visited the AiDi Rest House. They provided fitness equipment and fruit to elderly residents. They exchanged greetings and cleaned the yard of the house to provide a clean and comfortable environment for the elderly.
Keep up the good work China University of Petroleum student chapter!
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!
On 30 November, the UTP student chapter hosted the Industrial Engagement Series II: Bakers Hughes Talk. A senior petrophysicist from Baker Hughes conducted the 3-hour event. The presentation highlighted the opportunities and challenges in the Malaysian Oil & Gas Industry and how sophisticated drilling system and LWD could help in eliminating the uncertainty for more profitable recovery.
The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the bond between Baker Hughes and the UTP student chapter, allowing the student chapter to open career building opportunities by introducing the students to potential employers in the petroleum industry. Keep up the good work!
The deadline to submit all nomination documents has been moved from November 1 to November 15.
Up to two awards of USD 5,000 are available. Nominations forms and applications can be completed online. Learn more.
SPE Student Chapter Curtin University moved beyond obstacles to excel forward excellently! They have grown from 55 to 227 members. They have been able to maintain a high level of support and services for this greater variety of students. Their long-term goal is to provide easier access for students to meet industry representatives and to form professional relationships. In meeting this goal, the chapter has operated exclusive networking functions providing students the opportunity to meet more than 30 industry representatives from various major oil and gas companies within Perth and Australia.
The students of this chapter place a great deal of emphasis on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and community involvement. So, many of them participated in the annual City to Surf Fun Run in Perth to benefit the Activ Foundation. The activities ranged from 12k walks to half marathons. They lend support to “50 for Kids” and are planning to become involved with the local charity, Telethon.
Awesome job, Curtin Student Chapter! Congratulations for earning SPE October Student Chapter of the Month!
On Sunday August 28, the SPE Curtin Student Chapter selected their finest athletes to represent their chapter at the Chevron City to Surf 2011 held in Perth, Australia. The Chevron City to Surf is a marathon that can range from 4 km to a full marathon. Eight of the Curtin Student Chapter members participated to raise over $400 for Activ – one of Western Australia’s benefit organizations that provide services and support to people with a developmental disability since 1951.
Also, students at SPE Curtin Student Chapter hosted Thomas Wilson at their university. Mr. Wilson, a reservoir engineer from HESS, shared his experiences in a presentation titled “Life and Experiences in the Petroleum Industry”. Thirty guests became new members of SPE after the presentation! Thomas shared vital tips to excel in the oil and gas industry, as well as his experiences working internationally as a young professional.
Congratulations SPE Curtin Student Chapter on these accomplishments!
Congratulations to Gerrit Verbeek! He has been awarded the 2011 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship. He is awarded the 6000 USD fellowship.
Gerrit is pursuing a Master’s degree in petroleum engineering at The University of Oklahoma, USA. He also completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Oklahoma, graduating summa cum laude. He is fluent in English and Dutch. Gerrit is currently doing research on an algorithm called the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) under Dr. Deepak Devegowda in the reservoir engineering department and is expected to complete his degree in 2012. His motivation, self-discipline, initiative and his capacity for hard work earned him internships with BP Alaska, Apache Corporation and Range Resources Corporation.
Congratulations again, Gerrit!
On July 15, Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President visited the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Chapter.
The visit covered four main areas:
- Presentation by Ganesh Thakur on “How to Reach 70% recovery”
- Luncheon and Networking Session
- Tour around UTP
- Session with SPE Student Chapters
The aim of the visit was:
- To increase the technical knowledge of students on enhanced oil recovery.
- To create awareness of the latest updates in the oil and gas industry.
- To strengthen ties between the PETRONAS Chapter, SPE Kuala Lumpur, SPE International and other Chapters in Malaysia.
- To promote the PETRONAS Chapter to the international level in the oil and gas industry.
- To provide networking opportunities for faculty lecturers, staff, and students with industry professionals.
- To exchange experiences to help improve the PETRONASCchapter.
The chapter looks forward to organizing similar events in the future to continually expose and educate Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS students to the latest challenges and opportunity in oil and gas industry in addition to strengthening bonds among SPE student chapters in Malaysia.