Category Archives: By Region


SPE Student Chapter PETRONAS Hosts 2012 SPE President

On July 15, Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President visited the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Chapter.

The visit covered four main areas:

  • Presentation by Ganesh Thakur on “How to Reach 70% recovery”
  • Luncheon and Networking Session
  • Tour around UTP
  • Session with SPE Student Chapters

The aim of the visit was:

  • To increase the technical knowledge of students on enhanced oil recovery.
  • To create awareness of the latest updates in the oil and gas industry.
  • To strengthen ties between the PETRONAS Chapter, SPE Kuala Lumpur, SPE International and other Chapters in Malaysia.
  • To promote the PETRONAS Chapter to the international level in the oil and gas industry.
  • To provide networking opportunities for faculty lecturers, staff, and students with industry professionals.
  • To exchange experiences to help improve the PETRONASCchapter.

The chapter looks forward to organizing similar events in the future to continually expose and educate Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS students to the latest challenges and opportunity in oil and gas industry in addition to strengthening bonds among SPE student chapters in Malaysia.


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!


Congratulations to SPE August Student Chapter of the Month – Middle East Technical University Cyprus!

The SPE August Student Chapter of the Month Middle East Technical University Cyprus (North Cyprus Campus) is staying busy while growing their membership.

The students of this chapter have been eagerly participating in and hosting petroleum engineering events.  They visited TPAO Akcakoca Natural Gas production facilities and three Offshore Production platforms, including GSP Bigfoot 3 that was doing drilling operation on Akcakoca shore.  They also visited the Research Laboratory of Turkish Petroleum Corporation. Some of the students attended the two day IPETGAS 2011 Chamber of Geophysical Engineers and UCTEA Chamber of Petroleum Engineers. They have also participated in the SPE Turkey Paper Contest. It is an objective of this chapter to learn and participate as much as possible with anything to do with petroleum engineering.

Keep up the great work Middle East Technical University Student Cyprus Chapter and once again, congratulations!


SPE Student Chapter Gubkin University Holds Annual Report Meeting

At the Gubkin University student chapter meeting, the students summarized all the activities in past academic year and announced plans for the future season. More than 50 persons attended the meeting, including university professors, Moscow section board and oil and gas companies, as well as chapter members.

The students presented an upcoming chapter activity for the 2010-2011 academic year: The Second International Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons” will be held 6-7 December 2011.  The chapter is pleased to finally be participating in OnePetro; they have established an English SPEaking Club (to improve language skills and communicate with industry experts in English); and they participated in 7 large international events, attended 3 international student conferences, and organized 9 meetings with professionals from oil and gas companies and 2-day training on presentation skills. This year, the chapter received their own office at the university.

Professor Anatoly Zolotukhin, faculty sponsor and Pro-Rector of Gubkin University, presented appreciation letters to Andrey Gladkov, chairman of SPE Moscow section, to Gubkin University and to companies that have supported the Chapter.

The Third International Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons” will be held 14-15 November 2011, in Moscow, Russia.  All the proceedings and reports at the conference will be in English.


Students to Host Southeast Asia SPE Student Chapter Conference 2011

SPE-UTM (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), SPE-UTP (Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS) and SPE-UCSI will be hosting the Southeast Asia SPE Student Chapter Conference 2011 (SASC’11) in November.

SASC’11 aims to provide a platform for students to:

  • exchange ideas and information relative to the Oil & Gas Industry
  • expose their potential
  • learn more about the technology within the industry.

Event Details

Date: 25th – 26th November 2011

Location: Dewan Senat, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor

Who should attend: All the Southeast Asia SPE Student Chapters’ representatives. Please note that there is a limit of up to THREE students and ONE lecturer for each Student Chapter.

For further inquires and a registration form, please contact:

Board of Directors SASC’11:

Li Lei (Chairman, SPE-UTM), email:

Tan Kok Liang (Member, SPE-UTP), email:

Lim Pui Thai (Member, SPE-UCSI), email:

Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Winners Announced at Banquet

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. The following winners were announced at the 2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Banquet.

Leonard Taylor, Amarillo section, Regional Service award
George Sharpe, Four Corners section, Regional Service award
Melinda Bujnoch, Trans-Pecos Section, Regional Service award
W. Hoxie Smith, Permian Basin, Health Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility   award
Timothy A Leach, Permian Basin, Management and Information award
W.A. Baker II, Permian Basin, Drilling Engineering
Olumayowa Famodimu, Permian Basin, Young Member Outstanding Service
Matt Corser, Permian Basin, Production and Operations
David H Boes, Permian Basin, Projects, Facilities and Construction
James E. Geitgey, Permian Basin, Reservoir Description and Dynamics
Chevron, Distinguished Corporate Support
Calvin Serpas, Permian Basin, Formation Evaluation
Robert Reyes, Permian Basin, Completions, Optimization and Technology
Dr. Thomas W. Engler, Roswell section, Distinguished Achievement – Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

Congratulations to the first quarter winner of the 2012 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Mr. Hans-Uwe Brackel from the SPE German Section!

Previous quarterly winner: Wolfgang Ludwig, SPE German Section.

Build the World SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash and valuable prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September and December.

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