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Bangalore Section organizes education day at Kendriya Vidyalaya

The Young Professional committee of SPE Bangalore Section organized an education day at Kendriya Vidyalaya in DRDO, Bangalore on 18 February. The event was organized to guide school students interested in mathematics and science towards a career in the oil and gas sector which is one of the most exciting and challenging sectors.  Continue reading

Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.

First SPE Student Summit Hosted by Texas A&M Sets Foundation for Students’ Professional Development

The SPE Student Chapter of Texas A&M University recently hosted their first SPE Student Summit. The two-day event was attended by more than 130 undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering students and was represented by six universities. The summit’s topics were chosen specifically with young engineers in mind, and lectures were delivered by 20 experts in the industry and academia. In addition, the SPE Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals Committee organized a social event to promote interaction among students and young professionals of the industry.

Pictured above are the SPE-TAMU officers and the Professional Development Committee. From left to right: Kelsey Long, Wade Rodgers, Camille Walker, Michael McKinnerney, Brittney Ferguson, Michael Pickering, Karin Gonzalez, Karn Gupta, and Ernesto Valbuena.

The theme of the Summit, “Setting the Stage for the Big Crew Change,” focused on reinforcing key competencies required for future engineers with the goal of expanding technical knowledge and professional awareness early in their careers. The topics covered during the summit included the future of energy, exploring career opportunities, land management and research careers in petroleum engineering.

Dr. Thomas A. Blasingame (Texas A&M University) giving a keynote speech “Perspectives on Petroleum Engineering.”

The first SPE Student Summit has created a new setting for networking among future professionals of the energy industry while strengthening attendees’ technical and soft skills. Hosts of the summit expect to set this conference as an SPE flagship annual event to gather petroleum engineering students from the United States and abroad.

For more information, visit the conference website

Panel Session “Exploring Careers Opportunities” is moderated by Kathleen Blankenship (Shell) with 2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi (Aera), Ray Flumerfelt (Pioneer), Susan Howes (Chevron), and Stephen Ingram (Halliburton) as panelists.
Schlumberger presents the WellWatcher Flux technology at Technology Exhibition Session.
Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.


Billings Petroleum Section’s Offers Generous Support to a Regional Science Bowl

The Billings Petroleum section recently provided outstanding support to the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl, a component of the US Department of Energy National Science Bowl program. The Bowl was held February 3-4, 2012, in Billings, Montana, and attracted a total of 210 students. The section donated five lock-out buzzer systems to use for future competitions, a gift that cost $2,875. This generous gesture will benefit the Montana youth for years to come. Way to go, Billings Petroleum Section!

More information on this event can be found here:

About the National Science Bowl

DOE launched its National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. The National Science Bowl’s high school competition now involves more than 13,000 students. DOE introduced the National Science Bowl’s competition for middle school students in 2002. It now involves more than 5,000 students.


SPE Ecuador offers technical conference

In order to promote the knowledge and encourage the development and use of technologies to improve the productivity and recovery of oil fields in the country, the International Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Ecuador Section, under the direction of Engineer Italo Cedeño, organized the SPE Conference Ecuador on Enhanced Oil Recovery. Continue reading

Nominate a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

Distinguished Lecturers are nominated by their peers, and selected by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee for quality, timeliness and relevance of presentations. We solicit nominations from each region of the world to cover all disciplines.

Do you know someone who is an authority in their field and an experienced public speaker? Nominate by 31 March. The process is now easier and faster.

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!

Visit the Young Members Video Library


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.


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!

SPE Novosibirsk State University Student Chapter to Host Conference

The 6th International Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference

When: 9th -23rd June 2012

Where: Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia

Events Include:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Training Sessions
  • Field Trips

Important Dates:

  • 20th February 2012 – Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 March 2012 – Information regarding accepted Abstracts

For more information and to register, visit