Distinguished lecturer Dr. Hazim Abass of Saudi Aramco helped celebrate 50 years of the Distinguished Lecturer Program by speaking at Tyumen State Oil & Gas University. Dr. Abass is a graduate of Baghdad’s University of Oil & Gas and the Colorado School of Mines in Denver. He is now a leading petroleum engineer at Saudi Aramco. Dr. Abass holds 9 patents and has written 40 research articles. The student chapter enjoyed a lecture on the “Use and Misuse of Applied Rock Mechanics in Petroleum Engineering”. It was Dr. Abass’s first trip to Russia, and he was excited to share his experience of working in the petroleum industry. He worked at the Halliburton research center in Oklahoma and then moved to the Venezuela research center. The TSOGU student chapter was honored to have the opportunity to interact and gain the knowledge of someone with Dr. Abass’s experience.
The Gubkin Student Chapter has been working very hard and deserves recognition for their efforts – our student activities email box has been overflowing with activity reports from this chapter!
The Chapter assisted in organizing the 9th all-Russian Conference “New technologies in the gas industry”, from 4-7 November. This was an excellent opportunity for young professionals, scientists and students to exchange their experiences and views on industry development. The event is held every two years and is sponsored by Gazprom Holding. Two Chapter Officers (Vlada Streletskaya and Peter Osipenko) were on the organizing committee, but all Chapter members helped with the event by meeting guests at their hotels, preparing the hand-out materials for participants, and helping the Section and registrations team.
The Chapter was founded in 2003, but the members have recently celebrated the last two years as being the extremely active years– congratulations! (can we have a slice of the cake please?)
In late October the SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Conference was held in Moscow, Russia.
The Gubkin Chapter helped the SPE Moscow Section by working on the exhibition stand. They also helped the organizing committee with other tasks that occurred as a result of the conference.
The University organized the third international student Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons”. One event during the conference was a Distinguished Lecturer seminar with Mike Mayorov (Baker Hughes). Students learnt about the basic factors which every student should pay attention to: time management, special knowledge, social work and attending professional courses organized by oil companies. The students were motivated by the lecture, and asked many questions on how to improve their presentation skills.
The Chapter was heavily involved in the third International Student Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons 2011”. The Chapter organized an excursion for attendees through the center of Moscow. There were student from Romania, Germany, Poland and Kazakhstan, in addition to some students from Russian Universities outside of Moscow. Sights of the tour included the Tretyakov gallery, the Red Square, Alexander’s Garden, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the State Universal Store and Arbat Street.
The Gubkin Chapter was asked to make a video as part of a project for the World Petroleum Congress, which will be held in Qatar this December. Led by Arthur Perederiy, Chapter Secretary, the task was completed successfully. The film was contained interviews and information in which highlighted the Russian culture, with particular focus on the petroleum industry. The Chapter members are proud of the final result.
Congratulations Gubkin Student Chapter – keep up the good work!
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The SPE Distinguish Lecturer program continued to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University SPE Student Chapter meeting with Distinguish lecturer Artur Stankiewicz, who is a Global Fluid Domain Head and Scientific Advisor Reservoir Fluids & Geochemistry at Schlumberger.
Mr. Stankiewicz, who has been a guest speaker at TSOGU several times before, spoke to the members about asphaltenes. Mr. Stankiewicz gave the audience a new point of view on the problem and gave examples of his experiences in the field.
During the meeting, Past President Alexey Borisenko (Schlumberger) highlighted the accomplishments that the student chapter has achieved over the past year by winning the Outstanding Student Chapter Award and the Gold Standard Award.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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