Category Archives: Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

2013 Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the following 2013 Star Scholarship and Fellowship recipients!

Akanni, Olatokunbo – Gulf Coast North America, Fellow
Alade, Olalekan – Africa, Fellow
Alklih, Mohamad – Middle East, Scholar
Amini, Shohreh – Eastern North America, Fellow
Ampiah, Chris – North Sea, Scholar
Anpoas, Sarayut – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Atsepoyi, Aboyowa – Rocky Mountain North America, Scholar
Awadalla, Hesham – Middle East, Scholar
Bahe, Brianna – Western North America, Scholar
Bal, Berk – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Banerjee, Shiladitya – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Barber, Sarah - North Sea, Fellow
Cavazza, Michael – Eastern North America, Scholar
Chao, Yuan – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Dabirian, Ramin – Mid-Continent North America, Fellow
Diminick, Chad – Eastern North America, Scholar
Ditty, Nicole – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Drozd, John – Southwestern North America, Scholar
Farhadi Nia, Shahram – Western North America, Fellow
Fouladi, Jamileh – Middle East, Schola
Grijalva, Oscar – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Fellow
Gupta, Ankit – Middle East, Scholar
Hashimoto, Marcos – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Hossain, Khaled Jahid – Middle East, Scholar
Kadiri, Muhammed-Mukhtar – Middle East, Fellow
Kocak, Damla – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Kruglick, Alex – Southwestern North America, Fellow
Laputina, Elizaveta – Russian and Caspian, Scholar
Lu, Vi – South, Central and Eastern Europe, Fellow
MacTough, Harry – Western North America, Scholar
Mammadli, Nicat – Russian and Caspian, Scholar
Manikyanivas, Vamsi – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Ng, Kahyin – North Sea, Scholar
Norris, Jennifer – Gulf Coast North America, Scholar
Olabode, Abiola – Eastern North America, Fellow
Oladeji, Olamide – Africa, Scholar
Olarte-Peña, Andres – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Omotoso, Adedapo – Africa, Scholar
Orisamika, Benjamin – Africa, Fellow
Plazas Niño, Fernando – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Pu, Wanli – Rocky Mountain North America, Fellow
Qi, Qianru – Western North America, Fellow
Saif, Tarik – North Sea, Fellow
Severson, Eric – Mid-Continent North America, Scholar
Shahi, Shivam – Canada, Fellow
Stock, Julia – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Streletskaya, Vlada – Russian and Caspian, Fellow
Trinavartat, Pannapon – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Wang, Annie – Canada, Scholar
Wen, Chuang – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Woodward, Brian – Middle East, Fellow
Yerramilli, Sanjay Surya – Middle East, Fellow
Yuan, Yudong – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Ziatdinov, Arthur – Russian and Caspian, Fellow

2013 Star Scholarship Recipients
2013 Star Scholarship Recipients
2013 Star Fellowship Recipients
2013 Star Fellowship Recipients

James Allen at the 2013 SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition

James Allen, BP America, talks about what he gained from the technical sessions, how he benefited from the exhibition and what being a member of SPE for 34 years has done for him professionally.

Watch the short interview now »

December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the December SPE Student Chapter of the Month – Kazakh National Technical University

December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the Kazakh National Technical University for being named December Student Chapter of the Month. Located in Almaty, Kazakhstan this student chapter has had a very busy year.

The KNTU student chapter started November off rolling with activity after activity. One of the first activities of the month was the “CollNanoInd2012”. Scientists of the International science society in the field of colloid chemistry and nanotechnologies participated in a discussion of not only scientific problems, but problems of introducing innovations into educational and industrial spheres.

On 13 November, KNTU partnered with Kazakh-British Technical University to organize the V International Forum. In the framework of a forum, there was a Round Table Plenary session with presentations from companies and SPE professional representatives.

During the same time frame, the busy KNTU student chapter attended the “Oil and Gas Horizons” 2012 Conference; one of the largest petroleum conferences in Russia organized by the Gubkin University Student Chapter. During the conference, two members of the KNTU student chapter participated in the student paper contest, and placed first in the contest.

The KNTU student chapter has proven to shine with successful events, which is no surprise why the student chapter was awarded the “2012 Gold Standard Award”.

Congratulations, Kazakh National Technical University for winning SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!

Student Technical Conference 2012

Chairman of German Section Reviews 2012 Student Technical Conference

Our 7th Student Technical Conference was held again in the historic setting of the German Oil Museum in Wietze on 18th and 19th October, 2012.

Attending were a diverse group of 55 students from bachelor to PhD level. Most of the students study petroleum engineering, but geosciences, mechanical engineering, and computer sciences were also represented. As in previous years, many nationalities were present with students from Norway, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, and Romania as well as from the German Universities of Freiberg, Clausthal, Braunschweig, and Göttingen.

A highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Schröter, VP of CEP, who talked about their exploration activity in North-East Germany.

We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who made this conference possible, ten of which also had corporate booths at the conference. There were lots of constructive and valuable discussions between students and company representatives both in the breaks at the booths and at the group dinner, which lasted until late.

After the conference, we visited the nearby RWE Dea laboratories and core archive, which drew a lot of interest.

I thank my team for the extraordinary work they put in to prepare the event over the last months. Thomas Ihle as our STC officer, Matthias Meister as Program Chair, Stephan Dankers as Treasurer, Wolfgang Jelinek and Jan van den Akker as photographers and Ulrike McVean as the administrative wizard with hundreds of little tasks in the background. Also, I’d like to thank Dr. Heiko Möller of RWE Dea and his team for the interesting lab visit and Dr. Martin Salesch and his team of the oil museum for a seamless organization at the location—even mastering a power outage, seemingly effortlessly, right beforehand.

Agreeing with the many participants with whom I talked about it, I am much looking forward to the STC 2013, which I’m sure will be a great success again.

Ingo Forstner
Chairman of the German Section of SPE

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following winners of the recent SPE International Student Paper Contest held at ATCE! These regional winners qualified to compete on the international level. All participants were great and the judges had an extremely difficult challenge.

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place - Oliver Wilson, University of Tulsa

2nd Place –  Zi-Chen Xu, China University Of Petroleum, Beijing

3rd Place - Kyle Mathews, Louisiana State University

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Riteja Dutta, Pennsylvania State University

2nd Place-  Vivek Swami, University of Calgary

3rd Place-  Rayah Al-Hattali, Sultan of Qaboos University

PhD Division

1st Place –  Mahdy Shirdel, University of Texas at Austin

2nd Place - Michael Krause, Stanford University

3rd Place – Yahya Hashemian, University of Tulsa

Learn more about SPE Regional Student Paper Contests and ISPC »

SPE Welcomes 7 New Student Chapters

We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters. These new student chapters were just approved at the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Congratulations!

  • Dibrugarh University, India
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria
  •  All Nations University, Ghana
  • Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China
  • Brigham Young University, USA
  • Nkumba University, Uganda
  • China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.

2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to Alexander Restrepo! He has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. His scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Alex is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. While attending high school, Alex was selected to attend the Nation Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C, where he explored American diplomacy, intelligence and defense.

Alex’s outstanding achievements and accomplishments include (but not limited to):

  • National Hispanic Scholar
  • AP Scholar
  • Member of the Science Olympiad Team
  • Albuquerque Academy Varsity Football Team
  • 2011/2012 All Academic Football Team
  • Varsity Wrestling Team
  • Varsity Track Team
  • 2012 Teen Winner of the NPC Body Building Championship

Alex, is currently a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. Congratulations again, Alexander!

Congratulations to Katrina Schilling! She has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. Her scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Katrina graduated from Katy High School in Katy, TX where she was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating first out of 592 students. She is attending Texas A&M University where she is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in Spanish.

Katrina’s achievements and leadership roles include:

  • Member and 3-year letterman on Katy HS Swim Team, Outstanding Girl Swimmer Award
  • Katy ISD Math Excellence Award
  • Participant Nicaragua Summer Exchange Program – Spanish immersion and charitable service
  • President of the National Honor Society
  • Class Vice President and Class Treasurer
  • Treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta and Treasurer of the Spanish Club
  • Regional Qualifier in Math UIL Calculator
  • Member of Youth Leadership team at church
  • Peer Mentor at Katy HS

Katrina intends to be just as involved in the community at Texas A&M as she was in high school. She enjoys taking fitness classes, being involved in organizations, practicing Spanish, traveling and meeting people. Congratulations again, Katrina!

Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest Winners Announced for 2011-2012

Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2011-12 DL season.

The winners of the 2011-12 DL Evaluation Contest are:

  • Less than 150 members: Balikipapan
  • Between 150-500 members: None Qualified (must submit evaluations for each lecture)
  • More than 500 members: Thailand

A new DL season (2012-13) begins in September. The evaluation process has been simplified, and you will now be able to complete and submit DL’s evaluations online, utilize the QR code on an evaluation, or email in your evaluations.

To ensure that your section is entered into and wins the 2012-13 Evaluation Contest, please:

  • Attend all section meetings featuring Distinguished Lecturers.
  • Listen, engage and evaluate the DL’s presentation.
  • Fill out and submit the Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form for every DL visit.
Winning sections will receive:
  • USD 500 per winning section to the section account
  • Acknowledgment on SPE.org

Learn more about the contest »

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

SPE Awards

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

SPE Awards

2012 President’s Award for Section Excellence

  • Aberdeen
  • Bangalore
  • Bergen
  • Roswell
  • Samara
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Vietnam
  • Warri Nigeria

SPE Awards

2012 Most Innovative Sections

  • German
  • Gulf Coast
  • Port Harcourt Nigeria
  • South Saskatchewan

SPE Awards

2012 Most Improved Sections

  • Evangeline
  • Korea

2012 Honorable Mention

  • Atyrau- Kazakhstan
  • Mumbai