Congratulations to Alexander Restrepo! He has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. His scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Alex is a graduate of the Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. While attending high school, Alex was selected to attend the Nation Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C, where he explored American diplomacy, intelligence and defense.
Alex’s outstanding achievements and accomplishments include (but not limited to):
- National Hispanic Scholar
- AP Scholar
- Member of the Science Olympiad Team
- Albuquerque Academy Varsity Football Team
- 2011/2012 All Academic Football Team
- Varsity Wrestling Team
- Varsity Track Team
- 2012 Teen Winner of the NPC Body Building Championship
Alex, is currently a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. Congratulations again, Alexander!
Congratulations to Katrina Schilling! She has been awarded the 2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship. Her scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Katrina graduated from Katy High School in Katy, TX where she was the Valedictorian of her class, graduating first out of 592 students. She is attending Texas A&M University where she is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is majoring in petroleum engineering with a minor in Spanish.
Katrina’s achievements and leadership roles include:
- Member and 3-year letterman on Katy HS Swim Team, Outstanding Girl Swimmer Award
- Katy ISD Math Excellence Award
- Participant Nicaragua Summer Exchange Program – Spanish immersion and charitable service
- President of the National Honor Society
- Class Vice President and Class Treasurer
- Treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta and Treasurer of the Spanish Club
- Regional Qualifier in Math UIL Calculator
- Member of Youth Leadership team at church
- Peer Mentor at Katy HS
Katrina intends to be just as involved in the community at Texas A&M as she was in high school. She enjoys taking fitness classes, being involved in organizations, practicing Spanish, traveling and meeting people. Congratulations again, Katrina!
The SPE Brazil Section participated in the 2013 Rio Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition on 17–19 September 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The SPE Brazil Section booth attracted many of the over 40,000 attendees of this year’s event who were interested to learn more about the SPE mission and activities worldwide. They were also interested to learn how one can benefit from becoming SPE member. A special thanks to our SPE Brazil Section members for supporting the organization and helping us to disseminate the SPE mission.
The SPE Mexican Section participated in the Mexican Petroleum Congress 9-13 September in Mexico City. With this event, the Mexican Section was able to display the benefits of our association to some of the most influential individuals in the region’s E&P industry.
The SPE section booth attracted many visitors of the 4,500 plus attending the event who were interested in find out more about SPE and the benefits or becoming a member.
Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2011-12 DL season.
The winners of the 2011-12 DL Evaluation Contest are:
- Less than 150 members: Balikipapan
- Between 150-500 members: None Qualified (must submit evaluations for each lecture)
- More than 500 members: Thailand
A new DL season (2012-13) begins in September. The evaluation process has been simplified, and you will now be able to complete and submit DL’s evaluations online, utilize the QR code on an evaluation, or email in your evaluations.
To ensure that your section is entered into and wins the 2012-13 Evaluation Contest, please:
- Attend all section meetings featuring Distinguished Lecturers.
- Listen, engage and evaluate the DL’s presentation.
- Fill out and submit the Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form for every DL visit.
- USD 500 per winning section to the section account
- Acknowledgment on SPE.org
The President’s Award for Section Excellence recognizes SPE sections who display exemplary efforts in technology dissemination, section operations, member benefits, society and community benefits and innovation. The awards are presented to an officer of each section during the President’s Luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.
2012 President’s Award for Section Excellence
- San Joaquin Valley
- Saudi Arabia
- Warri Nigeria
2012 Most Innovative Sections
- Gulf Coast
- Port Harcourt Nigeria
- South Saskatchewan
2012 Most Improved Sections
2012 Honorable Mention
- Atyrau- Kazakhstan
Congratulations to the SPE Colombian Section celebrating 45 years!
The SPE Colombian Section is celebrating 45 years of excellence. To celebrate this big milestone the section organized a reception on July 5 in Bogota, Colombia. During the reception, attended by over 180 members, they awarded their outstanding members in the following categories: Excellence, Integrity, Professionalism, Life-long learning, Diversity, Volunteerism, Innovation and Social Responsibility in the country.
2012 SPE President Dr. Ganesh Thakur released SPE New Delhi section newsletter during the section officers’ meeting held on March 30 in Mumbai alongside 2012 OGIC. Nearly 50 officers representing all the Indian sections were present. Sections shared their best practices, and SPE President Dr. Thakur gave an elaborate presentation about SPE to the officers. SPE Staff from the Middle East also gave an informative presentation about SPE programs, regional awards, scholarship program, website hosting and membership builder tool. SPE New Delhi section shared that they were the first section to adopt the new website hosting service. Great job, New Delhi section!
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”.