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SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Visit Museum

Chapter members and guests visited the Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum.  The tour started off with a video on how the American oil and gas industry started. The video also showed some old pumping units that used a single line and wooden wheels to pump all the wells in old, large fields.

The group standing in front of some oilfield art. From left to right: Aaron Kurts, Philip Burnham, Dean Bendele, Craig Enos, Ryan Ellis, Heath Pottmeyer, Scott Burnham, Ryan Godwin, Steve Shamblin, Matthew Johnson, and David McCain.

After the video, the students walked around the museum and discovered the wooden wheels and other old oilfield tools such as horse transported fire carts and a nitro glycerine canister.   At the end of the tour, they went outside to look at an old wire line and service truck.

The students said it was amazing to see how far the industry has come in the last century.

Texas A&M University’s Chapter hosts interesting Lunch & Learn

Members of the SPE Chapter, along with members of the American Association of Drilling Engineers Chapter, had a unique Lunch & Learn on  March 10. Greg Hall, the owner of Drillers Supply International, was the guest speaker.  The company was responsible for the rescue of the Chilean miners.  Hall spoke about the challenges faced during the rescue.  Chapter members were honored to have him speak of this experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The Texas A&M Chapter Officers and sponsors.

From left to right: Matt Martin, Treasurer; Betty Robbins, Sponsor; Mike King, Sponsor; Greg Hall, Speaker; Jeremy Adrian, President; Alexsandra Martinez, Vice-President; Trey Kubacak, Grad-Rep.

 

Studentactivities@spe.org would like to thank Chad Kosa, Chapter Secretary, for continuing to submit the chapter’s reports to us.

 

PE Student Chapter University of Tulsa’s Recent Activities

The University of Tulsa chapter has submitted a lot of activity reports to us recently.  Here’s a highlight of their 2011 achievements so far:

Engineering week – the chapter held a “Middle School Open House” where students from Tulsa school visited the University and toured the different aspects of engineering available to them.  The chapter had a booth set up with a few hands on activities and educated the students about the roles of petroleum engineers.

Tulsa University Service Day – Chapter members visited the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) to volunteer their services. The Students spent their day shoveling gravel and transporting it to the animal pens to provide the animals with a better environment.

Lunch and Learn – The chapter’s last Lunch and Learn covered the benefits of continuing on with SPE after graduation into SPE Young Professionals and the SPE Mid-Continent region.  These benefits included career guidance, networking, professional events, and numerous links to knowledge from the spe.org.  The presentations were given by Lauren Silverman from Baker Hughes and Mark Bozeck from Frac Tech.  Lunch was provided by SPE YP and Mid-Cont, and drinks were provided by University Of Tulsa SPE.

Congratulations University of Arkansas College (UACCM) – SPE Student Chapter of the Month for March!

Although just recently established, SPE Student Chapter UACCM has come out running very strong!  Their student members of the chapter

  • were recognized at an event discussing Well Control-Current Trends and Concerns with speaker Odon Simoneaux.
  • participated in an event where Ron Walsmith presented a discussion on EPA, GHG and Methane Emissions in Gas Production and Transmission.
  • participated in fundraising activities at their Student Government Association’s Fall Fest and also the Fayetteville Shale Scholarship Fund Annual Golf Tournament.
  • volunteered during the American Red Cross Blood Drive.


With all these events, the team is working hard to maintain a successful excellent student chapter.  Congratulations once again UACCM for being selected the March 2011 SPE Student Chapter of the Month!

February Student Chapter of the Month – University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter has been a very busy successful chapter.  They have been constantly striving to increase their membership and to keep their members active in professional, service and social events.

This chapter has been awarded the Hope Award for their accomplishments during the University of Oklahoma’s Relay for Life, raising just under $12,000 for the American Cancer Society. They participated in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity Shack-A-Thon, OU Big Event, American Red Cross Blood Drives and many other ongoing events.

They hold the most recent coveted title of SPE Petrobowl Champions, which they won at ATCE in Florence, Italy. The chapter hosted a booth at the College of Engineering Shell Fall Festival where they spoke to students about the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This chapter continues to hold technical meetings every 2-3 weeks and have hosted Linn Energy, Cimarex, Anadarko, Devon Energy and Chesapeake at these meetings.

The University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter has several plans projected to keep their members busy maintaining a successful chapter.

Congratulations, University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter. Continue to strive and achieve excellence.

View the International Student Paper Contest Winners

2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.

Montana Tech SPE Student Chapter Lend a Helping Hand

Members of the Montana Tech chapter recently participated in a Thanksgiving community food drive.  In addition to collecting food from the campus, they also purchased $200 of food, which was then distributed.

The chapter also took part in the Montana Tech Christmas Bazaar, where over $7,000 was raised by the chapter.

SPE Student Chapter Marietta College Staying Busy

SPE student members at Marietta College hosted 2nd Annual Student Technical Sessions (ASTS), where students came together to share knowledge gained through summer internships.

Members also volunteered at “Up Til Dawn”, where students gathered to mail out donation request letters on behalf of St. Jude’s Hospital.  Recipients of these letters were able to send their donations in a prepaid envelope back to Marietta College.  The donations were then given to St. Jude’s Hospital.

To round things off, the students travelled to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche hockey match.  A fun evening was had by all!

Society of Petroleum Engineers Establishes First New US Section in 3 Years

Contact:
Margaret Watson, Society of Petroleum Engineers
+1.972.952.9304
media@spe.org

HORSEHEADS, New York, 15 November 2010 – The Society of Petroleum Engineers has established a new section in the United States in the Twin Tiers area of Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. The SPE Twin Tiers Section is the first new SPE section in the US since 2007 and was established to provide a resource for the Twin Tiers region and the rapidly growing Marcellus Shale development through community education, professional development and networking.

At this time, the Twin Tiers section consists of 32 members and it is actively looking for new members and to coordinate efforts with existing members. If you are interested in joining or working with the SPE Twin Tiers Section, please contact the Section Chairman, Adam Bell at (607) 742-0450, abell@slb.com, 224 North Main Street, Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Section Membership Chairman Nat Hendricks at (718) 834-1010 orgnathendricks@earthlink.net.

SPE membership includes engineers, scientists, technicians, managers, operators, educators and other professionals who work in the global upstream oil and gas industry, as well as student members. Student members are enrolled in petroleum engineering programs and related fields at universities around the world.

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