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.
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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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 University of Manchester student chapter was only established in 2011, but they have already worked hard to put the chapter’s goals into action. The students want to increase technical knowledge, establish professional networking opportunities and create communication and relationships with other student chapters within the London Section.
To assist its members in increasing their knowledge of the industry, the chapter hosted guest lecturer Mike J. Smith. Mr. Smith, formerly the British Petroleum’s Vice President of Reservoir Management, gave a lecture on the topic of “Deepwater Drilling and Macondo”. He covered techniques and equipment for extracting hydrocarbons from underwater reservoirs and the challenges connected to this process.
Increasing interaction amongst other student chapters within the London Section prompted the Manchester Student chapter to organize the 1st SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup. Other universities that participated included the University of Leeds and University of Salford. The event comprised 5 a-sided teams from each university. The chapters competed for a trophy and the honor of being champions of the first ever inter-chapter competition. Not only did the student chapter organize the event, but they were crowned the winners as well!
Engaging its members, the University of Manchester promotes team building and strengthens team spirit with activities like bowling and rock climbing.
Congratulations, University of Manchester, for being selected as the SPE February Student Chapter of the Month!
The BUE student chapter hosted the North Africa Sub Regional Student Paper Contest for the undergraduate and post-graduate divisions. Participants met with industry professionals from Baker Hughes, North Sinai Gas Company and academic professionals.
Participants enjoyed lunch while networking with oil and gas professionals.
Mr. Labastie was introduced by the UPPA student chapter president Brice Siewe during a visit to University of Pau. Mr. Labastie presented on “Hydrocarbons Reserves and Resources: Facts and Myths”. He spoke about unconventional resources, which represent huge resources, and the challenges associated with converting them into reserves and production. These challenges include high technology development, investment and a large open field of jobs. Another aspect of their exploitation is that they can remodel economy by allowing countries to become energetically independent.
As he concluded his talk, Mr. Labastie gave details about SPE, the members, student chapters, conferences, forums and workshops that SPE offers.
In an effort to promote student involvement with peers from other universities, the University of Manchester organized the SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup. The football cup comprised two 5-a-side teams from each university. The winning team competed for a trophy and the honor of being champions of the first ever inter-chapter competition. The University of Manchester not only organized the football cup but was also crowned the winner! The event was followed by a social gathering with the hopes of establishing a network for future young professionals in the north of England.
Congratulations on your win, University of Manchester!
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.
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!