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December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the December SPE Student Chapter of the Month – Kazakh National Technical University

December SPE Student Chapter

Congratulations to the Kazakh National Technical University for being named December Student Chapter of the Month. Located in Almaty, Kazakhstan this student chapter has had a very busy year.

The KNTU student chapter started November off rolling with activity after activity. One of the first activities of the month was the “CollNanoInd2012”. Scientists of the International science society in the field of colloid chemistry and nanotechnologies participated in a discussion of not only scientific problems, but problems of introducing innovations into educational and industrial spheres.

On 13 November, KNTU partnered with Kazakh-British Technical University to organize the V International Forum. In the framework of a forum, there was a Round Table Plenary session with presentations from companies and SPE professional representatives.

During the same time frame, the busy KNTU student chapter attended the “Oil and Gas Horizons” 2012 Conference; one of the largest petroleum conferences in Russia organized by the Gubkin University Student Chapter. During the conference, two members of the KNTU student chapter participated in the student paper contest, and placed first in the contest.

The KNTU student chapter has proven to shine with successful events, which is no surprise why the student chapter was awarded the “2012 Gold Standard Award”.

Congratulations, Kazakh National Technical University for winning SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos

Well Integrity Workshop Held in Brazil

The “Well Integrity Management: A Deepwater Approach” workshop was held 7–8 November 2012 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

“This workshop provided an excellent opportunity for specialists and decision makers to know and talk about the new technologies, best practices, and challenges in the management of well integrity…especially those located in deep waters,” said Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos, workshop chairperson, senior consultant at Petrobras, and of SPE Bahia/Sergipe Section chairperson.

With the support of the SPE Bahia Section, this workshop featured 20 technical presentations from speakers from around the globe. Approximately 65 professionals from 7 countries and 19 different companies attended this event. Representatives from each student chapter in the Bahia/Sergipe SPE Section also volunteered during the implementation of the workshop.

This workshop was a part of a global series of events with the main focus on collecting best practices in well integrity to be used on the creation of the well integrity best practices manual.

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos
Energy4me Canada

Energy4me Educator Workshop Held for First Time in Canada

Energy4me hosted its first workshop in Canada at the Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference on 1 November 2012.  Thirty-six Calgary-area educators put their energy IQ’s to the test in the day-long workshop as they heard from industry professionals, walked through an exhibit tour, and participated in hands-on experiments.

Dr. Roberto Aguilera, conference Cochairperson and Professor in the Petroleum Department at the University of Calgary delivered the keynote address and fielded questions from workshop participants. The presentation allowed many of the educators to learn about oil and gas exploration and production.

Educators were intrigued by the latest software, tools, and knowledge they gained by speaking with leading industry professionals as part of a planned conference exhibit tour.

This workshop invited classroom teachers (grades 4–12) to learn concepts surrounding energy, its importance, and discovering the world of oil and natural gas. Through hands-on activities and lessons, participants worked in teams to explore concepts of density, porosity, potential and kinetic energy and electrical and chemical energy change.

Tim Gordon, a first year, grade 9 teacher at Ernest Morrow School remarked, “I am looking forward to being able to bring the resources I receive back to my school, many of which I believe will impact my teaching practice directly.”

Student Technical Conference 2012

Chairman of German Section Reviews 2012 Student Technical Conference

Our 7th Student Technical Conference was held again in the historic setting of the German Oil Museum in Wietze on 18th and 19th October, 2012.

Attending were a diverse group of 55 students from bachelor to PhD level. Most of the students study petroleum engineering, but geosciences, mechanical engineering, and computer sciences were also represented. As in previous years, many nationalities were present with students from Norway, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, and Romania as well as from the German Universities of Freiberg, Clausthal, Braunschweig, and Göttingen.

A highlight of the conference was the keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Schröter, VP of CEP, who talked about their exploration activity in North-East Germany.

We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who made this conference possible, ten of which also had corporate booths at the conference. There were lots of constructive and valuable discussions between students and company representatives both in the breaks at the booths and at the group dinner, which lasted until late.

After the conference, we visited the nearby RWE Dea laboratories and core archive, which drew a lot of interest.

I thank my team for the extraordinary work they put in to prepare the event over the last months. Thomas Ihle as our STC officer, Matthias Meister as Program Chair, Stephan Dankers as Treasurer, Wolfgang Jelinek and Jan van den Akker as photographers and Ulrike McVean as the administrative wizard with hundreds of little tasks in the background. Also, I’d like to thank Dr. Heiko Möller of RWE Dea and his team for the interesting lab visit and Dr. Martin Salesch and his team of the oil museum for a seamless organization at the location—even mastering a power outage, seemingly effortlessly, right beforehand.

Agreeing with the many participants with whom I talked about it, I am much looking forward to the STC 2013, which I’m sure will be a great success again.

Ingo Forstner
Chairman of the German Section of SPE

Attend the International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources

Students, research scholars, and industry personnel are invited to attend the International Conference on Developing Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the London School of Energy Studies. This event will be held 1-3 March 2013.

More information »

Colombian Section Shares Energy4me

The SPE Colombian Section, in conjunction with student chapters and support from the local industry, took the Energy4me program to the most populated island in the world: Santa Cruz del Islote.

Volunteers also visited two schools in Bucaramanga. They were guided by Leonel Solano and provided the students with energy resources, distributed Energy4me books, and other materials donated by local industries. We thank you for your outstanding efforts.

 

SPE Columbian Section Shares Energy4me

 

 

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following winners of the recent SPE International Student Paper Contest held at ATCE! These regional winners qualified to compete on the international level. All participants were great and the judges had an extremely difficult challenge.

2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place - Oliver Wilson, University of Tulsa

2nd Place –  Zi-Chen Xu, China University Of Petroleum, Beijing

3rd Place - Kyle Mathews, Louisiana State University

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Riteja Dutta, Pennsylvania State University

2nd Place-  Vivek Swami, University of Calgary

3rd Place-  Rayah Al-Hattali, Sultan of Qaboos University

PhD Division

1st Place –  Mahdy Shirdel, University of Texas at Austin

2nd Place - Michael Krause, Stanford University

3rd Place – Yahya Hashemian, University of Tulsa

Learn more about SPE Regional Student Paper Contests and ISPC »

SPE Welcomes 7 New Student Chapters

We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters. These new student chapters were just approved at the 2012 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Congratulations!

  • Dibrugarh University, India
  • Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Nigeria
  •  All Nations University, Ghana
  • Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China
  • Brigham Young University, USA
  • Nkumba University, Uganda
  • China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.

2012 Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

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!

Indian Institute of Technology Madras Announces International Workshop

Indian Institute of Technology Madras announces the International Workshop on Natural Gas-Hydrates: Exploration and Production.

“What We Learnt and the Path Ahead”
7-9 August 2012
IIT Madra Research Park, Chennai, India
Inauguration of SPE Student Chapter IITM
Under the patronage of Satish Pai, Vice President, Operations:  Schumberger Oilfield Services
By way of IITM Alumni Affairs