Category Archives: Middle East, North Africa and India


UPES Student Chapter Alumni Speaks at Chapter Forum

Mr. Shashwat Shubham was the guest speaker at the UPES student chapter forum.  An alumni of the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Mr. Shubham Is currently working as a tester/domain at Tata Consultancy Services, in collaboration with Halliburton.

Mr. Shubham gave brief ideas regarding IT Companies in the oil & gas industry while sharing his experiences from working in the field. Mr. Shubham advised that “one needs to have 40-50% core petroleum knowledge to secure a good position in the petroleum field”.  He also encouraged students to join IT companies as they offer numerous opportunities for petroleum engineers.

Student Chapter president Jai Prakash Kohar conducted a seminar on reservoirs, its evaluation, estimation and management.  This was Jai’s first seminar in the technical session as a final year petroleum engineering student.

SPE RGCE Student Chapter Inducts New Officers

A special inaugural program inducting the new officers for the 2011-2012 academic year was held on 19 August for the SPE Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Student Chapter.  Guest of honor Dr. Nagendra Gandhi, Head Chemical Engineering Department at Anna University Chennai, delivered a speech about job opportunities in the oil and gas industry and research in the E&P sector.

Student Chapter president Jai Prakash Kohar conducted a seminar on reservoirs, its evaluation, estimation and management. This was Jai’s first seminar in the technical session as a final year petroleum engineering student.

Congratulations to the SPE RGCE Student Chapter new officers!


Congratulations to SPE Student Chapter of the Month for September – British University in Egypt!

The September SPE student chapter of the month is British University in Egypt (#6052)!

The students of this chapter has goals to progress more internationally, increase awareness of SPE, learn about other cultures and network with them.  Their campaign is “One Petroleum World Without Borders”.  They are overcoming language barriers and finding ways to manage expenses with a lack of funds.

The students are contacting schools and scheduling Energy4me sessions with the aid of SPE Brochures; have finished planning their chapter’s new uniforms, magazine and campus booth.  They are planning now also for their “SPE Market” project, are in negotiation for a Schlumberger’s Petrel software grant, and are planning to organize and host a “Middle East Petrobowl Competition” at their campus for Middle East chapters for better networking opportunities. Their chapter’s website will soon be released, and they have had social trips as part of their summer fun.

British University in Egypt chapter has completed a 1-month educational program with Yangtze University and are now preparing for two other programs: one at Texas A&M, USA, and the other at North Carolina University, USA.  They have had a successful international coordination between their chapter and Chengdu Study Group consisting of a dinner meeting, greeting and recognition awards distribution.  The 3-day event planned and completed with networking, exchanging cultures, social outings, knowledge sharing, as well as planning for future events. They have also conducted three SPE awareness sessions at three different universities in China ( Yangtze University, South West Petroleum University “SWPU” and Chengdu University of technology “CDUT”).   They have participated at the SEG ExxonMobil Student Educational Program in Turkey and are currently preparing a team to participate in Denver at ATCE 2011.  There is also a team preparing to participate at IPTC 2011 Education Week in Bangkok, Thailand.  Other accomplishments include summer internships at these companies: Schlumberger, Halliburton, Shell, Dana Gas, Eni, Gupco, Agiba and Suco.

The British University in Egypt (BUE) has overcome obstacles and had outstanding achievements, now adding SPE Student Chapter of the Month for September to their long list!  Congratulations!


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!


SPE Student Chapter NED Gives to the Community

Founded on their belief that most of the problems currently faced by their country is education, the NED Chapter recently initiated a new project.

Their faculty sponsor, Engr. Javed Haneef, came up with a welfare initiative through which children from under-privileged families who cannot afford education will be admitted to schools and their entire educational expenses (including tuition fees, uniforms, books, etc) will be funded by the Chapter. Funds will be generated through donations made by the industry, as well as individuals such as students and faculty.

The project was inaugurated by admitting two children, Hassan Riaz and Ali Riaz, to a school named Al-Hunain Academy. The children have recently lost their father in an accident and their mother, who works as a housemaid, cannot afford their education. One child was admitted to a nursery and the other in KG1 (kindergarten).

Apart from the objective of contributing to the society, this project also aims to make chapter members realize their social responsibility.  The project is still in its initial phases and continuous efforts are required to sustain and grow it. The chapter, under the guidance of the faculty sponsor, is committed and devoted to expand this project so that more and more students can benefit.

Congratulations on all your hard work NED Chapter – you really have made a difference!


SPE Student Chapter ISM Dhanbad Welcomes Guest Lecturer

On August 3, Mr. Partha Nag, a distinguished alumnus from the 1995 petroleum engineering graduates, gave a presentation to the ISM Dhanbad Chapter.  He is currently working as a well engineer for Shell in Brunei Darussalam. The topic of the lecture was well engineering and included information on some of the pioneering wells drilled by Shell. Dr. A.K. Pathak, Head of the Petroleum Engineering Department, gave an introductory speech on drilling engineering, highlighting the academic career of Mr. Partha Nag. Mr. Partha Nag also shared some of his memories of his college life.

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 »



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!