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.
On February 9, an ambassador lecture was organized for the benefit of student members at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Young professional Oloruntobi Sunday Olalere, who has more than 6 years experience as a drilling engineer and is now a drilling supervisor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), delivered the lecture.
The title of the lecture was “Life on the Rig”. Olalere covered the basis of drilling operations, the different types of drill rigs in use today and relationships between operators, drilling contractors and service companies. Students found the life examples of drilling operations to be the most informative.
It was a successful event, and the students greatly benefited from the lecture.
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.
Working alongside the SPE Young Professionals Coordinating Committee, SPE has launched the Young Members Video Library. The library contains a collection of video resources for your learning and development. Topics range from career advice and personal skills to industry training and more. The library will continue to grow over the coming months, so keep checking back for new content!
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 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.
The MUN student chapter recruited new members during the Engineering Orientation program. The chapter was able to recruit first year engineering students by highlighting the benefits of being an SPE student member. Congratulations, MUN student chapter on recruiting new members!
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!
The 2010-11 Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest is now over, and the winners have been selected! The prize is awarded to three sections, one from each division. The sections winning the USD 500 prize are:
- Less than 150 members: Michigan
- Between 151-500 members: North India
- More than 500 members: Lagos Nigeria
Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during this DL season.
Congratulations to Sharjeel Aziz! He has been awarded the 2011 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. His scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Sharjeel graduated number 1 out of a total of 611 graduating students from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas. He made a perfect score on the math section of the SAT (a common university entrance exam used in the US). He also scored perfectly on the mathematics level 2 section of the SAT subject exam.
His long list of outstanding achievements and leadership roles include (but not limited to):
- Welch Summer Scholars Program at Texas Tech University
- High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) – NASA Internship
- 1st Place in State – Future Business Leaders of America Business Calculations
- 1st Place in Algebra and 2nd in Geometry – University of Houston Regional Math Contest
- 1st Place in Calculator, Science (physics subsection), and Mathematics – University Interscholastic League (UIL)
- Vice President – Mu Alpha Theta, Junior Engineering and Technological Society (J.E.T.S), Computer Science Club
- President – Chess Club at his high school
When Sharjeel finds free time, he enjoys tennis, basketball, and reading. His immediate future plans include attending California Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering. Congratulations again, Sharjeel!