Category Archives: Students


African Region Student Paper Contest Winners Named

African region student paper contest was recently held during the 2012 SPE Students Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCE) at the University of Lagos. Ogunleye Ayowole from the University of Ibadan student chapter took first place with paper “Development of a Vogel Type Inflow Performance Relations for Horizontal Wells”, making it the fourth time in a row a student from the University of Ibadan won the contest. Second place was awarded to Adedayo Adeala, also from the same chapter, who wrote and presented a paper titled “Using Local Additives (Crushed Corn Cob) to improve Properties of Water Based Mud.” Congratulations to the winners!


Ambassador Lecturer Visits Novosibirsk State University

On February 13, an ambassador lecture was organized for SPE Novosibirsk State University student chapter. Young professional Valery Rukavishnikov, who has more than 3 years experience as a reservoir engineer and is now an educator at Heriot Watt University’s Tomsk Approved Learning Centre, delivered the lecture.

The lecture consisted of two parts. The title of the first part was “Oil and Gas Industry Opportunities”. This presentation was about career opportunities in the petroleum geology industry, focusing on where young specialists can work after completing their education. The second part was titled “4D Seismic Data Interpretation”. This topic dealt with Rukavishnikov’s PhD thesis, and he spoke about the results of investigations. The presentation concentrated on 4D seismic data interpretation methods, their application in hydrodynamic modeling and predictions of oil field exploration.

The officers gratefully acknowledged the support they received from professional SPE section Tomsk Petroleum Learning Centre. It was an interesting and unique meeting for the NSU SPE student chapter.


Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest Winners Awarded

The 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest was held in conjunction with the 2012 WNAR SPE conference on March 20th 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Reza Rastegar from Chevron served as the coordinator for this event.  Various SPE sections stepped forward to provide travel and housing sponsorship for students from various schools to attend the contest and the convention.  On behalf of all participating schools and contestants, they would like to thank the following industrial and SPE section sponsors:

  • SJV SPE Section
  • Aera Energy
  • LA Basin SPE Section
  • Alaska SPE Section
  • Golden Gate SPE Section

The winners in the PhD division:

Michael Krause, Stanford University, first place
Mohammad Shahvali, Stanford University, second place

The winners in the combined Master’s/undergraduate division:

Salem Aldousary, Stanford University, first place
Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place
Kurt Wilson, Stanford University, third place
John Demallie was the undergraduate contestant


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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.


Ambassador Lecturer Visits Memorial University of Newfoundland

On February 9, an ambassador lecture was organized for the benefit of student members at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Young professional Oloruntobi Sunday Olalere, who has more than 6 years experience as a drilling engineer and is now a drilling supervisor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), delivered the lecture.

The title of the lecture was “Life on the Rig”. Olalere covered the basis of drilling operations, the different types of drill rigs in use today and relationships between operators, drilling contractors and service companies. Students found the life examples of drilling operations to be the most informative.

It was a successful event, and the students greatly benefited from the lecture.


Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Student Chapter President Wins First Place

Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar, SPE-RGCE Student Chapter President, participated in the 2011 International Petroleum Technology Conference and Education Week in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-9 February. Jai received the first place winner award for a group project titled “Marginal Fields Development”. The program also gave him an excellent networking platform on which to meet individuals from global, industry and academic backgrounds.

He was also very much inspired by Dr. Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President. His participation and talent made the chapter very proud to win at the international level. We wish Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar great success in future endeavours.

Congratulations, Jai for the wonderful accomplishment!

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British University Student Chapter Hosts Student Lecture Tour

It was an honor for SPE British University student chapter to arrange the “Student Lecture Tour” which was conducted for the first time in North Africa. The BUE student chapter hosted the event in co-operation with the EAGE (The European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers).

Dr. David Roberts, Former Head of Geology at Staffordshire University, UK, conducted the seminar. The event was honored by the attendance of faculty, professionals and guests from other SPE chapters in Egypt.

The seminar consisted of three parts:

1. The demand and supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the past, present and future.

2. How companies take the decision of investment and accept the risk.

3. The role of geology in this process.

Great Job, BUE student chapter for hosting the Student Lecture Tour!


Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Student Chapter Organizes Treasure Hunt

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology student chapter organized their first Treasure Hunt this year and garnered amazing support for this event. Clues were spread over 100 acres of campus area, with one clue leading to the other. A total of 20 teams with approximately 92 participants attended this event, making it a great success. The event was perfectly organized by SPE volunteers and lasted about 5 hours. Three teams that reached the final clue were awarded cash prizes. The success of this event helps the chapter reach their goal of 200 memberships by the end of March 2012.

Treasure Hunt

Even the cultural team at the university requested the student chapter’s help with their endeavors after witnessing such a perfect execution of events. SPE RGIPT proved once again that they have expertise in every field from technical to extracurricular.

Keep up the good work, RGIPT student chapter!


Cairo University Student Chapter Attends 20 Hours of Workshops

The Cairo University student chapter was part of a seminar and field trip that was prepared by our Human Resources Committee and Academic Committee. They offered a total of 20 hours of workshops.

In the first workshop, “Emotional Intelligence”, students learned about: what emotional intelligence is, self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, social awareness and conflict resolution. In the second workshop, “Marketing & Training of Trainers”, students learned about: understanding marketing, consumer behavior and research.



This seminar with its workshops helped the students learn how to put their information into practical use. There was an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment while learning and engaging in the activities. The students consider this seminar very valuable will treasure it always as can be seen in their photos.



Indian School of Mine Students Work Hard, Play Hard

The very active SPE ISM student chapter continues to amaze all with their creativity and energy. From the SPE Sundays, which recently hosted the integration Soft Skill Development activities to building a rig from paltry materials like balloons, tape and threads. After completion, the teams were judged on how pertinent the design was and the stability of the structure. Winners were then rewarded with a cash price of Rs.500, 1st Runners-up with Rs.300, and 2nd Runners-up Rs.200.

Student Chapter 2

On 18 February, there was a friendly T20 cricket match between seniors and juniors. The objective was to promote healthy teamwork and to ease some stress among the increasing number of students at ISM. The seniors are left with some happy memories after finally being declared the winners. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed break to the students from their intense academic schedule.

Cricket Photo