Category Archives: Canada


Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

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!

Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest Winners Announced

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.

Learn more about the contest »

Fill out and submit a Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form »



Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

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!


Congratulations to SPE August Student Chapter of the Month – Middle East Technical University Cyprus!

The SPE August Student Chapter of the Month Middle East Technical University Cyprus (North Cyprus Campus) is staying busy while growing their membership.

The students of this chapter have been eagerly participating in and hosting petroleum engineering events.  They visited TPAO Akcakoca Natural Gas production facilities and three Offshore Production platforms, including GSP Bigfoot 3 that was doing drilling operation on Akcakoca shore.  They also visited the Research Laboratory of Turkish Petroleum Corporation. Some of the students attended the two day IPETGAS 2011 Chamber of Geophysical Engineers and UCTEA Chamber of Petroleum Engineers. They have also participated in the SPE Turkey Paper Contest. It is an objective of this chapter to learn and participate as much as possible with anything to do with petroleum engineering.

Keep up the great work Middle East Technical University Student Cyprus Chapter and once again, congratulations!

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?

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!



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

Submit to Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest by May 15

SPE holds ten regional student paper contests allowing students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate level to showcase their skills and research, competing against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the international student paper contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

The SPE Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest is scheduled for 15 June 2011 at University of Regina. All current SPE student members located in the Canadian region are invited to participate.   The winners will travel to the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver to compete against students from other regions in the International Student Paper contest.