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A Big Welcome to Our Newest SPE Student Chapters

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.

Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.

First SPE Student Summit Hosted by Texas A&M Sets Foundation for Students’ Professional Development

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.

Pictured above are the SPE-TAMU officers and the Professional Development Committee. From left to right: Kelsey Long, Wade Rodgers, Camille Walker, Michael McKinnerney, Brittney Ferguson, Michael Pickering, Karin Gonzalez, Karn Gupta, and Ernesto Valbuena.

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.

Dr. Thomas A. Blasingame (Texas A&M University) giving a keynote speech “Perspectives on 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.

For more information, visit the conference website tamuspe.com/2012studentsummit.

Panel Session “Exploring Careers Opportunities” is moderated by Kathleen Blankenship (Shell) with 2010 SPE President Behrooz Fattahi (Aera), Ray Flumerfelt (Pioneer), Susan Howes (Chevron), and Stephen Ingram (Halliburton) as panelists.
Schlumberger presents the WellWatcher Flux technology at Technology Exhibition Session.
Texas A&M students Tony Kamenov, Kim Berkebile, Garrett Whittington, Cole Young, and Jordan Meyer.

 

Billings Petroleum Section’s Offers Generous Support to a Regional Science Bowl

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:

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/

 

Nominate a Colleague for the Distinguished Lecturer Program

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.

Check out the new Young Members Video Library

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!

Visit the Young Members Video Library

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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.

OU SPE at PetroBowl

SPE Student Chapter University of Oklahoma’s November Activities

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!

President’s Luncheon with current SPE President, Alain Labastie.

Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Attend ATCE 2011

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.

President’s Luncheon with current SPE President, Alain Labastie.
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Texas A&M University Student Chapter Visits the Ocean Star Museum

On 11 September, the Texas A&M Student Chapter visited the Ocean Star Museum in Galveston, Texas, USA. Dr. Lane, who was the tour guide for the rig trip, familiarized the students with the components of an offshore drilling rig. The field trip was an overall success and has been scheduled to be for a yearly event for the TAMU student chapter.

What a wonderful experience TAMU Student Chapter.  Keep up the good work!