Category Archives: Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

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
Mojtaba

Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mojtaba Pordel Shahri! He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship.

Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering. Mojtaba is currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

Congratulations again, Mojtaba!

 

SPE Announces 7 New Student Chapters

We welcome the following new student chapters to SPE. Congratulations!

  • Escuela Militar de Ingenieria in Bolivia
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil
  • Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria
  • Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil
  • Indian Institute of Technology in India
  • Makerere University in Uganda
Student Paper Contest Winner

Congratulations to the July Student Chapter of the Month – University of Ibadan

Petroquiz

This year, with more than 400 attendees and 20 student chapters represented, the University of Ibadan emerged as the winner at Petroquiz in Nigeria. Finalists were the University of Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Igbinedion University, and the University of Ibadan. Petroquiz tests students’ knowledge in reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, geology/geophysics, mathematics, SPE, and the general oil and gas industry.

ISPC Student Paper Contest

ISPC Student Paper Contest 2012 winner, Ogunleye Ayowole, is a bright example of a “Woman in Engineering” who is encouraging female student members.

Student Paper Contest Winner
Photo is of 2010-2012 University of Ibadan winners.

SPEUI Week

During SPEUI Week, the student chapter reached out to the communities at the Prem Dham Old Age Home and Chechire Home of the Challenged. This first, in a series of programs, was aimed to show love and care to individuals with disabilities in their community.


Career Development Presentations

Industry visits and technical presentations from Chevron, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and British Petroleum enlightened members on company recruitment processes and how to apply for jobs, and Schlumberger organized an internship test for qualified students as well. Students listened attentively while the Ambassador Lecture Programme ended the year with young professionals giving career development presentations, sharing their experiences with student members, and giving career advice.


Catch Them Young Program

The Catch Them Young Program was organized to awaken the interest of senior secondary school pupils in petroleum engineering. It was not all work; members and invited friends had a nice time easing off academic stress while enjoying barbeque.



SPEUI Rally

The SPEUI members organized a rally to inform the university community about SPE. A touch of white or blue was chosen as the dress code and engineering overalls, hard hats, umbrellas, and goggles were also included.

Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

View the Regional Paper Contest Winners

2012 Winners

African

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Ayowole Onoopemipo Ogunleye
University of Ibadan

Asia Pacific

Zi-chen Xu
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Undergraduate

Fajril Ambia
Bandung Institute Of Technology, Indonesia
Postgraduate

European

Antoine Bouziat
Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine
Undergraduate/Master’s

Jafar Fathi
University of Stavanger
PhD

Canadian

Vivek Swami
University of Calgary
Undergraduate/Master’s

Seyed Reza Etminan
University of Calgary
PhD

Gulf Coast

Kyle Matthews
Louisiana State University
Undergraduate

Manuel Cossio
Texas A&M University
Master’s

Mahdy Shirdel
University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Middle East

Bahador Vakilinia
Islamic Azad University
Undergraduate (1st place)

Mohamed Khaled
Suez Canal University
Undergraduate (2nd place)

Reza Keshavarzi
Islamic Azad University
Master’s (1st place)

Rayah Al-Hattali
Sultan Qaboos University
Master’s (2nd place)

Uchenna Odi
Texas A&M University at Qatar
PhD (1st place)

Rocky/Mid/Eastern

Oliver Wilson
University of Tulsa
Undergraduate

Riteja Dutta
Pennsylvania State University
Master’s

Yahya Hashemian
University of Tulsa
PhD

South America & Caribbean

Ricardo de Freitas Filho
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Undergraduate

Nara Policarpo
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Master’s/PhD

Western

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Salem Al-dousary
Stanford University
Undergraduate/Master’s

Michael Krause
Stanford University
PhD


Previous Years
Note

U.S. and E.U. laws restrict provision of certain services to individuals residing in embargoed countries; therefore, not all participants may be eligible to receive all benefits related to Student Paper Contests. Read more.

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African Region Student Paper Contest Winners Named

African region student paper contest was recently held during the 2012 SPE Students Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCE) at the University of Lagos. Ogunleye Ayowole from the University of Ibadan student chapter took first place with paper “Development of a Vogel Type Inflow Performance Relations for Horizontal Wells”, making it the fourth time in a row a student from the University of Ibadan won the contest. Second place was awarded to Adedayo Adeala, also from the same chapter, who wrote and presented a paper titled “Using Local Additives (Crushed Corn Cob) to improve Properties of Water Based Mud.” Congratulations to the winners!



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A Big Welcome to Our Newest SPE Student Chapters

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.

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British University Student Chapter Hosts Student Lecture Tour

It was an honor for SPE British University student chapter to arrange the “Student Lecture Tour” which was conducted for the first time in North Africa. The BUE student chapter hosted the event in co-operation with the EAGE (The European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers).

Dr. David Roberts, Former Head of Geology at Staffordshire University, UK, conducted the seminar. The event was honored by the attendance of faculty, professionals and guests from other SPE chapters in Egypt.

The seminar consisted of three parts:

1. The demand and supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the past, present and future.

2. How companies take the decision of investment and accept the risk.

3. The role of geology in this process.

Great Job, BUE student chapter for hosting the Student Lecture Tour!

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University of Manchester Students Enjoy a Trip to the Geological Society of London

Students from the University of Manchester attended a SPE YP Seminar entitled: “The Unconventional Revolution from Emerging to Core Business”, held at the London Geological Society on 7 – 8 February. The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. It is the United Kingdom’s national society for geosciences, and the oldest geological society in the world. As future petroleum engineers, students got to hear from experienced professionals about the challenges associated with the development of these emerging resources, and the cutting edge research being undertaken by companies. The students began building new professional relationships and enjoyed meeting other young professionals and students from different universities.

U of Manchester

SPE YP Ambassador Lecture took place at the University of Manchester on the 15th of February. Representatives from three outstanding oil and gas companies talked to the students about career options in the petroleum industry. The aim of the talks was to broaden the scope of understanding of what the real industry is, and how it feels to manage one’s career from the starting point through success in the future. The lecturers shared their experiences with students; each gave a detailed description of how it feels to be in industry, and what kind of challenges could be faced when graduates apply for a job. They highlighted the key points that lead every professional to success: networking, career planning, work-life balance, presentation skills, and several more. They also motivated the listeners by describing tempting opportunities given to petroleum engineers by the industry. The event was followed by informal discussion over beverages and snacks, which helped students to network with other young professionals.

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