Category Archives: Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

Check out the new Young Members Video Library

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!

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2012 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Recipient is Amirmasoud Kalantari Dahaghi

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.

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Congratulations to the February Student Chapter of the Month, University of Manchester!

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!

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2011 SPE President Alain Labastie Visits University of Pau

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.

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University of Manchester Student Chapter Wins the SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup

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!

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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 »

 

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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!