Congratulations to Mojtaba Pordel Shahri! He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship.
Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering. Mojtaba is currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).
Congratulations again, Mojtaba!
On April 10 and 11th, a group of Marietta College Society of Petroleum Engineers visited the Drake Well Museum. The chapter was shown a short video about Drake’s well and how it indicated the beginning of the modern petroleum industry in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859.
Along with visiting Drake’s well, the student chapter attended a Universal Well Services Hydraulic Fracturing seminar. The topic of the seminar was the drilling and production process in the industry.
April is always a busy month for members due to finals just around the corner. Everyone is gearing up for the last few rounds of tests and the summer. That is why OU SPE has worked hard to fit in social events that ease the strain on students. The annual OU SPE Graduate BBQ and Thunder Game Social were great events. The chapter wants to develop members who become well-rounded professional engineers who communicate and relate to their colleagues effectively. One of OU SPE’s goals is for members to become excellent industry professionals, and that includes being effective leaders by being considerate of the many different personalities of fellow colleagues.
Ending the month was the MPGE Awards Banquet that recognized outstanding students and faculty members. Craig Koontz, an alumnus of MPGE, was a guest speaker. His speech focused on “Personal Attributes You Find in a Successful Leader”. Chapter President and Vice President presented awards to four outstanding members and a check for $500.
This year, with almost 200 in attendance, the Montana Tech SPE student chapter held its annual Symposium on April 19-21. Included were two days of lectures from petroleum industry professionals, such as the keynote speaker Mark Sonnenfeld from Whiting Petroleum. Other presentation topics included: Technical Advancements in Horizontal Multi Stage Fracturing Completetions, North Slope Casing Drilling Results- How to Plan and What to Watch Out For. The other events that accompanied the technical presentations included a trap shoot and an evening social on April 19th, banquet dinner on April 20th, and golf tournament at Old Works Golf Course on April 21st. The funds raised during these events helped to offset the expenses for the student chapter and contribute to student scholarships.
The 2012 Invitational Little Digger Days was a series of science and mathematics workshops designed for grade school children in hopes of stimulating an interest in science and mathematics at a young age. Montana Tech’s SPE student chapter was able to interact with around 50 grade schoolers. This activity was a school-wide event in which all clubs that desired funding from the Associated Students of Montana Tech had an opportunity to participate in a community outreach event.
University of Texas student Mr. Clay Austin Pollard recently received the second annual James L. Ellis Memorial scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. Clay is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in petroleum engineering and is from Tyler, Texas. He is a past recipient of the East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship and has worked as an engineering Intern for EXCO Resources Inc. Clay will be employed with EXCO as a drilling engineer upon graduation.
About the scholarship
The East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers administers the scholarship. Perspective candidates must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be pursuing a career in the petroleum industry. The family of the late James L. Ellis established the James L. Ellis Memorial SPE Scholarship in 2010 in Jim’s memory. Mr. Ellis worked for over 55 years in the oil and gas business, both overseas and domestically, after graduating from Rice University in 1950. In 1961, he moved to Tyler to work for a local independent oil producer, then as a consulting petroleum engineer. In 1983, he founded Ellis Exploration, Inc. which is still operated by his two sons and daughter-in-law. Mr. Ellis was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and an active member of the East Texas Section of SPE, receiving the Legion of Honor Award for 50 years of continuous membership and service in 2005.
At the SPE Dallas Section meeting on 9 May, five Dallas section members received their 2012 Regional Awards. Distinguished Lecturer Dennis Dria gave the final presentation of his DL tour on “E&P Applications of Fiber Optic Technologies”.
Ayowole Onoopemipo Ogunleye
University of Ibadan
China University of Petroleum, Beijing
Bandung Institute Of Technology, Indonesia
Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine
University of Stavanger
University of Calgary
Seyed Reza Etminan
University of Calgary
Louisiana State University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas at Austin
Islamic Azad University
Undergraduate (1st place)
Suez Canal University
Undergraduate (2nd place)
Islamic Azad University
Master’s (1st place)
Sultan Qaboos University
Master’s (2nd place)
Texas A&M University at Qatar
PhD (1st place)
University of Tulsa
Pennsylvania State University
University of Tulsa
South America & Caribbean
Ricardo de Freitas Filho
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
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The 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest was held in conjunction with the 2012 WNAR SPE conference on March 20th 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Reza Rastegar from Chevron served as the coordinator for this event. Various SPE sections stepped forward to provide travel and housing sponsorship for students from various schools to attend the contest and the convention. On behalf of all participating schools and contestants, they would like to thank the following industrial and SPE section sponsors:
- SJV SPE Section
- Aera Energy
- LA Basin SPE Section
- Alaska SPE Section
- Golden Gate SPE Section
The winners in the PhD division:
The winners in the combined Master’s/undergraduate division:
The 2012 Western Regional Meeting was hosted by the San Joaquin Valley SPE section in Bakersfield, California. About 500 technical professionals and 200 exhibitors attended the meeting. This year’s theme was ”Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, 100 year operations, tight shales, smart fields and the Pacific Ocean.”
The conference featured two separate plenary sessions, welcome luncheon with keynote speaker Tim Kustic, award luncheon with keynote speaker 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur and training courses.
Students from Stanford University, University of Southern California, Berkley and University of Alaska Fairbanks competed in the student paper contest hosted by University of Southern California. 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur presented awards to the top-ranked students.
The meeting also offered entertainment and networking opportunities. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of “spOILed The Movie”. The feature attracted more than 200 professionals and Director Mark Mathis answered numerous questions and engaged in spirited dialog with the attendees. The other events included a tour of several great Paso Robles wineries and the SJV SPE Annual golf tournament, which signed-up more than 230 players in two morning and afternoon flights.
Photos from event:
Here is an update from Los Angeles Basin Section Newsletter:
LASPE did itself proud at the Middle School MESA Day, with our volunteers performing as science project competition judges, math test proctors, and giving presentations to students and teachers. Pictures tell the story, and all of our volunteers had a wonderful time, lots of fun, and at the end of the day, knew we did a great job that made MESA Day a success.
We had over 520 excited and determined middle school students from the Long Beach, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount, and Wilmington areas. Their science projects ranged from Mousetrap- powered cars, Windmills, Gliders, Bridges, Models and Posters about the Human Eye, and a new pilot project building Prosthetic Hands. We were amazed at what these students could design and build, as some of the rules were up to 25 pages long, and rules were strictly enforced.
Four of our LASPE members are MESA Alumni: Vanessa Perez (CA State Lands Commission), Uduak Ntuk (City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Dept), and Estuardo Iriarte and Miguel Cabrera (Occidental Petroleum). They conducted several Engineering Panel Sessions to talk to students about their similar hardship backgrounds, how they became engineers and geologists, and what they do at their jobs.
Wanjiru Njuguna, a geologist for Oxy, demonstrated 3-D geologic modeling and answered student questions on faulting, rocks, fossils, and even shale oil. She learned that one student gave a competitive speech that morning on fracking shale oils, and that student had good questions to ask.
Great job, LASPE, on these great accomplishments!