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!
We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters!
- Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz in Bolivia
- Federal University of Bahia in Brazil
- Universidade Estacio de Sa in Brazil
- Anna Universit in India
- AMET University in India
- Mehran University, Khairpur Mir’s in Pakistan
- Coventry University in United Kingdom
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Fast learning: Students race homemade cars, test science skills at regional competition
- Racing cars for science
- Students compete in science bowl in Billings
- Big Sky Science Bowl Kicks Off
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. http://science.energy.gov/nsb/
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.
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!
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.
The OU Chapter deserves a special mention for all the hard work they have been doing this semester.
Their main activities this month included:
Relay for Life Oklahoma Summit: The Chapter was honored as one of the top 15 teams invited to the Oklahoma Summit for Relay for Life. The conference was held at the Magnuson Hotel and Meridian Convention Center in Oklahoma City and featured many guest speakers, all of whom had been personally affected by cancer. The summit was a great way to get members excited about Relay for Life.
The OU Chapter was honored to receive the HOPE Award from American Cancer Society for the fourth year in a row. The Chapter has continued to be the highest fundraiser at the annual Relay for Life event for the High Plains Division, with a cumulative of $57,000 raised over the past four years. I’m sure everyone will agree that this is a fantastic achievement.
Sooner Saturday: Sooner Saturday is a campus‐wide day for high school seniors, transfer students and their families to learn more about the University of Oklahoma. OU SPE had members, in particular active freshmen, spoke to incoming students about petroleum engineering and the OU Student Chapter.
Participation at ATCE: What a fantastic photo of the OU Chapter members at this year’s PetroBowl! (insert petrobowl pic). It looks like they had a great time. In addition to this, the Chapter received their Gold Standard Award at the Student General Session (insert gold standard pic)– congratulations OU Student Chapter!
The 2011 Star Scholarship & Fellowship recipients travelled from all over the globe to attend ATCE 2011 in Denver, Colorado. They were thrilled to receive this opportunity to meet their peers and learn from some of the industry’s leaders.
Each year, SPE awards Star Scholarships and Fellowships representing a 1-million-dollar commitment to education. SPE Star Scholarships and Fellowships are available in all 15 regions; apply by 15 March. Find out how to apply.
The deadline to submit all nomination documents has been moved from November 1 to November 15.
Up to two awards of USD 5,000 are available. Nominations forms and applications can be completed online. Learn more.