Category Archives: United States

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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!

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University of Oklahoma Student Chapter Enjoys Redhawk Game

The University of Oklahoma Student chapter enjoyed an Oklahoma City Redhawks baseball game with Chesapeake Energy on a Sunday afternoon. Chesapeake is the second largest producer of natural gas. The members enjoyed free sodas, water, hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and cookies. It was a great opportunity for the members to interact and share information about SPE, the petroleum industry and coursework.

The University of Oklahoma Student Chapter not only knows how to have fun but they make a difference by donating blood. About 34 members and non-members participated in a blood drive hosted by The Oklahoma Blood Institute at the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility.

The chapter also hosted their cabinet meeting on 26 August, discussing plans and goals for the upcoming year.

Awesome work University of Oklahoma Student Chapter!

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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!

Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Winners Announced at Banquet

Regional and section awards recognize members who contribute exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well as making significant professional contributions within their technical disciplines at the SPE regional level. The following winners were announced at the 2011 Southwestern North America Regional Awards Banquet.

Leonard Taylor, Amarillo section, Regional Service award
George Sharpe, Four Corners section, Regional Service award
Melinda Bujnoch, Trans-Pecos Section, Regional Service award
W. Hoxie Smith, Permian Basin, Health Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility   award
Timothy A Leach, Permian Basin, Management and Information award
W.A. Baker II, Permian Basin, Drilling Engineering
Olumayowa Famodimu, Permian Basin, Young Member Outstanding Service
Matt Corser, Permian Basin, Production and Operations
David H Boes, Permian Basin, Projects, Facilities and Construction
James E. Geitgey, Permian Basin, Reservoir Description and Dynamics
Chevron, Distinguished Corporate Support
Calvin Serpas, Permian Basin, Formation Evaluation
Robert Reyes, Permian Basin, Completions, Optimization and Technology
Dr. Thomas W. Engler, Roswell section, Distinguished Achievement – Petroleum Engineering Faculty

Seated row, from left: W. A. Baker, II, James E. Geitgy, Calvin Serpas, W. Hoxie Smith, Matt Courser; standing row, from left: Dr. Ganesh Thakur - 2012 SPEI President, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Robert Reyes, David H. Boes, Mike Reiken, Olumayowa Famodimu, Dr. Tom Engler, Billy W. Harris-SWNA Regional Director; and not shown: Melinda Bujnoch, Timothy Leach, Leonard Taylor, George Sharpe.

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

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.

Build the World SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash and valuable prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September and December.

Do you need help recruiting?

SPE Student Member Applications to Go Paperless Effective 1 September 2011

In order to process applications more efficiently, accurately, and in an environmentally friendly way, SPE will transition to an online-only student member application and renewal process on 1 September 2011. The online application takes less than five minutes to complete.

If you have questions, contact service@spe.org. We thank you in advance for your support!

 

 

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Congratulations SPE Student Chapter of the Month for June – University of Tulsa!

Student members of the SPE University of Tulsa Student Chapter have been staying busy. They recently represented their chapter at the (AIS) Association of International Students International Night where they enjoyed Indian and Asian food and performances.

The chapter competed against the Chemical Engineering Department in their Annual Spring Soccer Game.

Students of the chapter hosted Mr. Ron Hinn (TU’77) of Petroskills to visit the chapter.  He gave a presentation  focused on how to become a valuable asset early on in your career in a volatile industry.  He spoke extensively of the importance of developing the competencies that will aid in career performance and about making a difference in one’s career throughout life.  Cole Walton and Ross Lubbers of XTO Energy were also hosted by the chapter and gave a presentation on drilling operations in the Bakken in the Williston Basin.  They focused on drilling problems and solutions as well as XTO’s operations.  The student members that attended 2010 ATCE in Florence, Italy organized a meeting to meet and talk about their experiences during the event.  J.P. Dick, founder and manager of Pinnacle Energy Services, provided a Lunch & Learn presentation about reservoir engineering considerations and his personal experiences since graduating for the University of Tulsa in 1983 to members of the chapter.  University of Tulsa SPE Student Chapter’s current president, Emily Woner and Vice President, Krisna Wardhana accepted the award for  1st Place for University of Tulsa Finest Organization for 2010-2011.  The chapter received $500 for this award!

Students also recently participated in Service Day at Tulsa SPCA by shoveling and transporting gravel to animal pens so they can have a better environment.

Students are currently planning an educational forum for the graduate students for Fall 2011; a clay shoot fundraising event; Spring Soccer Day; energy4me programs; and preparing for Petrobowl at 2011 ATCE.

Bravo, University of Tulsa SPE Student Chapter, for winning Student Chapter of the Month for June!  Keep up your exceptional level of performance!