Category Archives: Students


Aleksei Nelaev, Secretary of Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, receives SPE Star Scholarship

Good news for SPE TSOGU Student Chapter!  Aleksei Nelaev, Student Chapter Secretary and 4th year student of Tyumen State Oil and Gas university, has been chosen as SPE STAR Scholarship recipient! He will receive USD 2,500 as a result of this award.

Aleksei wrote several essays describing his views on the petroleum industry and his own future career as a petroleum engineer. It was easy for him, Aleksey said, because of his specialization is development and exploration of oil and gas fields and also because he is winner and prize holder of many international and all-Russian conferences.

This student chapter continues to move forward and they have even more plans for the future, including participation in scholarship and fellowship programs, participation in conferences and congresses, exchange programs (with universities in France and Germany) and hosting a big conference and forum in the near future.


Congratulations SPE July Student Chapter of the Month – Universitatea “Petrol-Gaze” Ploiesti! 

The SPE Student Chapter of the Oil and Gas University of Ploiesti – Romania is the first one of its kind made for the petroleum engineering students in the country of Romania. This chapter is supporting and informing students and young professionals in the petroleum industry who want to benefit from SPE activities with help from the SPE Romanian Section. Continue reading


SPE Student Chapter TSOGU’s Treasurer Receives Schlumberger Scholarship

A big congratulations goes to Maxim Nazarenko, who is the recipient of the “Schlumberger Scholarship Award for the Academic Year 2010/2011”.

Maxim was awarded the prize of USD 1,600 on May 25. Candidates were required to have a good knowledge of English and good grades. Schlumberger also assessed how active the students were and how effectively they could work in a team. Maxim said  “This award, undoubtedly, will help me in my University career. This summer I am going to improve my English at a UK language school.” Congratulations, Maxim!


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 We thank you in advance for your support!




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!

2012 Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the following 2012 recipients!

Africa Region
Fritz Agbor
Uchechukwu Mogbolu
Oluseye Adeyemi
Oluwaseun Fadipe
Roshan Philip
Joseph Paul Lagasca
Eastern North America Region
Anna Boyer
David Trocquet, Jr.
Derek Craig
Dylan Tirpak
Garrett Bromley
Brian Downey
Joseph Joyce
Racha Trabelsi
Gulf Coast North America Region
Eric Redondo
Andrea Hersey
Mid-Continent North America Region
Tyler Harper
Mojtaba Pordel Shahri
Middle East Region
Abdelrahman Eldiasty
Anas Najy
Muhammad Shahrukh
Shubham Sharma
Siddhanta Batshas
Ahmed Alzahabi
Ibrahim Gawish
Zeina Jendi
North Sea Region
Nicholas de Moura Brasil
Sarah Barber
Reza Dashtpour
William Anthony
Northern Asia Pacific Region
Domingos Jorge
Tuchaphon Phetsiripun
Hao Chen
Xuan Gao
Rocky Mountain North America Region
Matthew Kocak
Chunlei Liu
Russia & Caspian Region
Peyruz Gasimov
Ekaterina Eshcherkina
Ivan Deshenenkov
Ivan Arsenevsky
South America & Caribbean Region
Daniel Braga
John Pinto Carvajal
Paola Pastor Chacon
Rodolfo Oliveira
South, Central, East Europe Region
Kahraman Barut
Maciej Kobielski
Artem Shpakov
Tudor Precup
Southern Asia Pacific Region
Kevin Betts
Matthew Cooper
Ramadhan Harmanto
Reda Abdel Azim
Southwestern North America Region
Kailey Brunetto
Harpreet Singh
Western North America Region
Connor Mattson
Jasper Jackson
Diego Vasquez
Mehrdad Gharib Shirangi

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen State Oil and Gas University Talks Technology

The fifth annual conference “Modern Technologies in the Fuel and Energy Sector in West Siberia” took place in the Tyumen Science Park building (Tyumen, Russia). The conference was hosted by Tyumen State University and supported by SPE.

Petroleum industry students and young professionals from Moscow, Ufa, Almetievsk, Tomsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen and Pavlodar (Kazakhstan) attended the Conference.

Students and young researchers presented their works in Oilfields Development and Well Drilling sections.  Jury of the University professors and Tyumen Section representatives selected the winners in the following categories:

«Innovative approach» – Sergey Petrenko (Krasnodar)

«Topicality» – Maksim Faizullin (Tyumen)

«Best presentation» – Ksenia Ivanova (Tyumen)

«Applicability» – Maksim Tsyganov (Tyumen)

«Originality» – Nikolay Glavnov (Tomsk)


SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum – Beijing (CUPB) Welcomes Alain Labastie, SPE President 2011

On April 20, Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding (SPE Section Chair, Northern China International) visited CUPB.

A presentation was given on “The Oil & Gas Industry: What’s next?”.  The speech was divided into four parts:

  • the trend in energy demand, where Alain suggested that with the rapid development in developing countries, the demand of petroleum would keep increasing with little influence from the stimulus of price.
  • reservation and protection of energy, where it was highlighted that the hydrocarbon would stay as an integral part of energy and would not cause a big energy crisis
  • the current situation and outlook of petroleum production: technical problems currently exist during the oil and gas extraction process, and this will continue to cause an imbalance between the production and demand of petroleum until 2020.
  • climate safety, where Alain gave a clear energy classification and proposed his own suggestion for future oil and gas extraction after talking about the green extraction in France.

After the speech, Alain answered questions on hot issues including Libya, graduate employment and the extraction of petroleum.

To conclude the visit Zhang Laibin, Headmaster of CUPB, expressed his warm welcome and congratulations to the achievement of SPE in recent years. He said that the visit from Alain Labastie and Sheng Ding was an important part of the internationalization strategy of CUPB.

The Chapter said “The visit of Alain Labastie is an encouragement to the research and communication work of our university in the field of petroleum and also a support to the work of our SPE student chapter. Our student chapter won the top 16 in the International Oil Knowledge Contest last year and was awarded Chapter of the Month for January 2011.  All these awards are enhancing the reputation of our university in global oil industry as well as increasing our international standards.”

Front row (L-R): Ankun Zhao; Xiaogang Li; Dan Luo; Hu Jia; Yuxuan Liu. Back row (L-R): Cathy Xue (SPE Young Professionals Officer); Mitch McCue (SPE Sponsorship Chairman); Jerry Ray (Judge); Philip D Fader (Judge); Ron A. Kasberger (SPE Chairman); Yula Tang (SPE Program Chairman)

SPE Chengdu Study Group Announces Subregional Student Paper Contest Winners

On April 25, Chengdu Study Group held the first sub-regional SPE Student Paper Contest in cooperation with Southwest Petroleum University (SWPU) and Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT).

A total 18 students took part: 12 from SWPU and 6 from CDUT.  Participants were split into three groups so there were individual competitions at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

The competition gave students the opportunity to improve their English and presentation skills, showcase their research achievement, and compete against other students from Chengdu region for the opportunity to participate in the SPE Regional Student Paper Contest held at the 2011 Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The selection criteria were based on the performance of students during presentation. A scoring sheet, provided by SPE Asian Pacific, was used by each judge to evaluate each student’s performance.

The Judging Panel then announced the winners:

Southwest Petroleum University:

  • Dan Luo, (BSc)
  • Yuxuan Liu, (MSc)
  • Hu Jia (Ph.D)

Chengdu University of Technology:

  • Ankun Zhao (Msc)
  • Xiaogang Li (Ph.D)
From left of the first row: Cathy Xue (SPE Young Professional Officer), Jing Li (SPE Casher), Yula Tang(SPE Program Chairman), Daishiyu Song, Yuxuan Liu, Liyan Liu, Hu Jia, Jinman Li, Jie Tu, Yuzhi Deng, Shuang Xie, Xiaogang Li From the left of the second row: Nayun Zhou, Junkun Hu , Mitch McCue (SPE Sponsorship Chairman), Jerry Ray (Judge), Philip D Fader (Judge), Ron A. Kasberger (SPE Chairman), Jingdu Yu, Jianjiang Lv, Dan Luo, Qin Li, Ankun Zhao
The Chengdu Study Group would like to give special thanks and acknowledgment to Shell, Chevron and SWPU, who provided the judges for the Contest.  Their contribution and support was fundamental to the organization and smooth running of the contest.

SPE Student Chapter Tulsa University Wins University Award

Congratulations to the Tulsa Chapter, who received first prize in Tulsa University’s “Finest Organization” Award for 2010-2011.

Student organizations within the University are assessed based on outstanding membership involvement, programming, community service, and student benefits.

The prize was $500 from the Tulsa University Student Association.