Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India


SPE President Alain Labastie visits Student Chapter PDPU

SPE 2011 President Alain Labastie gave a presentation to members of the PDPU Student Chapter on 24 January. He discussed:

·         the importance of the Petroleum Industry with respect to GHG emissions
·         the challenges that young petroleum graduates face in the workforce, and how to apply university education in the field
·         the different SPE fellowship programs on offer
·         continuing membership with SPE after graduation

All the students found the talk highly motivating.

Alain Labastie also judged a poster competition based on “Green Earth and Global Warming” and presented certificates to the winners.  Creativity, conceptual design and aesthetics were included in the judging categories.


SPE Student Chapter NED recruits new members

The SPE NED Student Chapter Orientation Program was arranged for freshmen students of the petroleum department.

A 90-minute presentation was delivered by Mr. Sami Toor and Mr. Faisal Anwar.  The presentation gave a background on SPE before focusing on the benefits of being a member of the student chapter.  The Chapter Officers were introduced, and the freshmen learned of the achievements of the chapter in previous years.

The session was a success, resulting in about 45 new members signing up for SPE and joining the NED Student Chapter.

View the International Student Paper Contest Winners

2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.


Saudi Arabia Students Visit Saudi Aramco

A one-day tour of the oil and gas industry was organized for students on August 4, 2010. A total of 18 students visited Saudi Aramco where they were introduced to the Oil and Gas Business. The tour started with a presentation on the different disciplines of the industry such as exploration, drilling and production, followed by a 3D movie describing the industry’s role in supplying the world with needed energy.

The tour was concluded with a visit to Saudi Aramco’s Event Solution Center. At the center, students were familiarized with how the center functions and how its multidisciplinary team integrates data to achieve successful decision in a timely manner.


SPE Student Chapter NED Holds Annual Dinner

The main social event for the NED student chapter was the 2010 Annual Dinner. 170 students, faculty and guests from the industry attended. Guests bid farewell to the graduating class of 2006-2007.

The event was a  great opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Some created imaginative and witty short films which were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience. Live acts were equally well-received.

Sumair Ahmed, SPE NED Student Chapter President 2010, gave a farewell speech and introduced the 2011 Committee to the audience.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening.

SPE Student Chapter UPES Goes Green

Members of the UPES Chapter volunteered at the Second Annual Dehradun Tree Festival in aid of Green Doon, an NGO working for environmental causes.  More than 1,000 children from local schools attended the festival.

The chapter’s environmental section, the “Theme Based Plantation Team,” had a stall at the festival and educated children about biodiesel.  The team’s vision is to protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations, based on sustainable development.

Other activities of the day included drama, poster making, free speech, fancy dress, and poem and essay competitions, all based on an environmental theme.


SPE Student Chapter University of Cairo Hosts Ambassador Lecture Program

University of Cairo Student Chapter recently hosted their first Ambassador Lecturer Program.  The Ambassador Lecturer Program is designed to connect students with the oil and gas industry through lectures presented by young professionals who are 35 years old or younger.

The lecturers share their career development experience since graduation, explore cutting-edge technology, and describe what it is like to work in the E&P industry. The program aims to present the vision of SPE and provide an opportunity for students to hear a young engineer’s perspective on issues confronting the industry.

The student chapter has shown appreciation to:  Eng. Ahmed Ali; Eng. Mohamed Kamal; Eng. Hazem Abdul Sattar;
Eng. Eslam AL Araby; Geo. Radwa Obahha; Eng. Nael Sadek.  University of Cairo Student Chapter also offer special thanks to their guests from Sapesco Company:  Ms. Manal Koka and Eng. Ahmed Magdy.


A Big Congratulations to SPE Student Chapter Indian School of Mines – SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!

The students of this chapter solved membership problems by appointing team representatives to update new members on all activities available and assist them with the registration process.  This has resulted in the chapter having close to 400 current members.  They have sponsored an inter-college football tournament; conducted campus cleaning drives; began work on a video conferencing facility; conducted a panel discussion on Climate Change; participated in the regional student paper contest; conducted Petrowalk (an event to educate young students about SPE and petroleum engineering); and many other events.

Students of ISM Student Chapter have hosted guest lecturers:  Mrs. Archana Kumar, who spoke about the importance and impact of post graduation on a petroleum engineer’s career; Professor Prabir Daripa, who spoke on “The effect of chemicals on porous medium during EOR”; and Mr. Vikas Kumar, who spoke on “Practical Aspects of Wire Line Formation Testing and Well Testing”.

One of their goals is to increase the number of students sent to conferences and competitions in order to increase student interaction with global chapters.

Indian School of Mines Student Chapter is doing an excellent job!  Once again, congratulations!