Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India

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.

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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

Indian Institute of Technology Madras Announces International Workshop

Indian Institute of Technology Madras announces the International Workshop on Natural Gas-Hydrates: Exploration and Production.

“What We Learnt and the Path Ahead”
7-9 August 2012
IIT Madra Research Park, Chennai, India
Inauguration of SPE Student Chapter IITM
Under the patronage of Satish Pai, Vice President, Operations:  Schumberger Oilfield Services
By way of IITM Alumni Affairs

 

 

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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
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Mehran Students Take Final Field Trips as Undergraduates

SPE Mehran Student Chapter arranged field trips for the final-year students. While visiting the Sawan gas field, the students were briefed about the gas-processing plant there, including its working capacity and criteria. Mr. Gul Hassan Dars briefed students about the history of the field.

Twenty five final-year students also visited the Kadanwaari Gas field. Students visited the sampling laboratory, central control room (CCR) and processing plant. Technical personnel at the field told the students about the plant operation, gas composition and equipment used at the field.

Mr. Nisar Shaikh of New Horizon Exploration and Production Limited donated several technical videos and presentations to SPE Mehran. Student chapter thank the NHEPL for the generous donation.

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Middle East Technical University Students Enjoy Land-to-Sea Field Trips

The Middle East Technical University-Cyprus (NCC) and the Middle East Technical University-Ankara student chapter members visited the only underground gas storage facility set up by TPAO in Turkey. The trip was invaluable for teaching the students about production, storage, filtration, usage and the future of the industry in Turkey. Members also benefited by bonding with another university chapter that has a similar focus.

On May 6, over 50 attendees watched “live” drilling operations at Turkyurdu in Northern Cyprus.

Wearing their chapter’s newly designed T-shirts, the students celebrated the arrival of a sucker rod pump on campus at the university in Northern Cyprus as over a 100 people participated in the celebration. They are the only university in Cyprus to have installed such equipment on campus. The pump was donated by Turkish Petroleum Cooperation, TPAO.

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SPE Suez Canal University Launches 4th Issue of Magazine ECHO

From March 16 to April 5, the Suez Canal University chapter was busy publishing the 4th issue of their magazine ECHO. This issue was launched in the Egypt Section monthly meeting and later distributed to major petroleum companies and campuses. This issue featured several technical and non-technical articles, research papers and news. Check it out here.

 

 

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SPE Middle East PetroBowl Hosted by British University Student Chapter

The annual SPE Middle East Students PetroBowl was held in March 2012 at the British University in Egypt for the first time. Petrobowl is a college-bowl-style student competition which brings together the most outstanding students from universities around the Middle East and North Africa. Competing teams were challenged to answer both technical and nontechnical questions relating to the petroleum industry. Students got opportunities to network, exchange knowledge, develop relationships and establish partnerships.

The questions challenged the engineering skills of the students while at the same time fostering an interest in the unique and rich history of the oil industry.