Category Archives: Russia and Caspian

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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.

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 http://sibconf.igm.nsc.ru.

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Distinguished Lecturer Speaks at Tyumen State Oil and Gas University

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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.

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Congratulations SPE Student Chapter of the Month for December – Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas!

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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Distinguish Lecturer Visits Tyumen State Oil & Gas University Student Chapter

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.

 

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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!

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 »

 

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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!

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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!