Category Archives: Students


Promoting Careers in April at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas

On April 14th, the Career Guidance Seminar (CGS 2012) was held for the second year with more than 100 students in attendance. CGS was sponsored by an SPE  section and student chapter, and University Alumni Association. The theme was “Future of the Oil and Gas Industry”. The morning speakers gave presentations followed by a forum of panelists sharing their thoughts on opportunities and challenges in the oil and gas industry. After lunch, there was a breakout session that divided the participants into groups that were facilitated by YPs from SPE-KL to discuss different topics. Finally, there was a resume collection for students who wanted to submit their resumes to the many companies who were present.

During the week of April  9–12, the student chapter launched their concept of entrepreneurship. One of our goals was to have three outside vendors set up booths in the foyer for business. This helped students gain knowledge and increase their motivation to become entrepreneurs. The Chapter plans to organize similar events in the future to continually look for sponsors and establish relationships with these vendors. On the last day, Weatherford Malaysia hosted two sessions of talks and held interviews. Topics included “The Weatherford Graduate Engineer Program” and “Engineer: What Lies Ahead”? The first 24 applicants were interviewed for internship placement. Resumes were collected and final-year students will be contacted directly by Weatherford Malaysia for phone interviews.

SMK Tronoh, a rural secondary school, was chosen by the student chapter to receive an Educational Talk Day. Background and operations of the oil and gas industry were briefly explained to the students in hope that they will choose oil and gas as their future career.


Marietta Student Chapter Visits Drake’s Well

On April 10 and 11th, a group of Marietta College Society of Petroleum Engineers visited the Drake Well Museum. The chapter was shown a short video about Drake’s well and how it indicated the beginning of the modern petroleum industry in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859.

Along with visiting Drake’s well, the student chapter attended a Universal Well Services Hydraulic Fracturing seminar.  The topic of the seminar was the drilling and production process in the industry.


University of Oklahoma Student Chapter Stays Busy in April

April is always a busy month for members due to finals just around the corner. Everyone is gearing up for the last few rounds of tests and the summer. That is why OU SPE has worked hard to fit in social events that ease the strain on students. The annual OU SPE Graduate BBQ and Thunder Game Social were great events. The chapter wants to develop  members who become well-rounded professional engineers who communicate and relate to their colleagues effectively. One of OU SPE’s goals is for members to become excellent industry professionals, and that includes being effective leaders by being considerate of the many different personalities of fellow colleagues.

Ending the month was the MPGE Awards Banquet that recognized outstanding students and faculty members. Craig Koontz, an alumnus of MPGE, was a guest speaker. His speech focused on “Personal Attributes You Find in a Successful Leader”.  Chapter President and Vice President presented awards to four outstanding members and a check for $500.


Kazakh National Technical University Student Chapter Continues 10-Year Tradition

Each year, Kazakh National Technical University Student Chapter organizes a leisure and teambuilding event for its members. This year, in celebration of their 10-year anniversary, KNTU SPE SC decided to visit the Turgen waterfalls.

Each year, members of SPE celebrate the student chapter’s birthday and election of new officers in the open air. This year, the chapter visited the mountains to rest, play football, volleyball, ride horses and admire the magnificent scenery. Also, winners of “Study Project” were announced and awarded with diplomas and valuable prizes.


Middle East Technical University Students Enjoy Land-to-Sea Field Trips

The Middle East Technical University-Cyprus (NCC) and the Middle East Technical University-Ankara student chapter members visited the only underground gas storage facility set up by TPAO in Turkey. The trip was invaluable for teaching the students about production, storage, filtration, usage and the future of the industry in Turkey. Members also benefited by bonding with another university chapter that has a similar focus.

On May 6, over 50 attendees watched “live” drilling operations at Turkyurdu in Northern Cyprus.

Wearing their chapter’s newly designed T-shirts, the students celebrated the arrival of a sucker rod pump on campus at the university in Northern Cyprus as over a 100 people participated in the celebration. They are the only university in Cyprus to have installed such equipment on campus. The pump was donated by Turkish Petroleum Cooperation, TPAO.


Montana Tech Holds Annual Symposium in April

This year, with almost 200 in attendance, the Montana Tech SPE student chapter held its annual Symposium on April 19-21. Included were two days of lectures from petroleum industry professionals, such as the keynote speaker Mark Sonnenfeld from Whiting Petroleum. Other presentation topics included: Technical Advancements in Horizontal Multi Stage Fracturing Completetions, North Slope Casing Drilling Results- How to Plan and What to Watch Out For. The other events that accompanied the technical presentations included a trap shoot and an evening social on April 19th, banquet dinner on April 20th, and golf tournament at Old Works Golf Course on April 21st. The funds raised during these events helped to offset the expenses for the student chapter and contribute to student scholarships.

The 2012 Invitational Little Digger Days was a series of science and mathematics workshops designed for grade school children in hopes of stimulating an interest in science and mathematics at a young age. Montana Tech’s SPE student chapter was able to interact with around 50 grade schoolers. This activity was a school-wide event in which all clubs that desired funding from the Associated Students of Montana Tech had an opportunity to participate in a community outreach event.


SPE Middle East PetroBowl Hosted by British University Student Chapter

The annual SPE Middle East Students PetroBowl was held in March 2012 at the British University in Egypt for the first time. Petrobowl is a college-bowl-style student competition which brings together the most outstanding students from universities around the Middle East and North Africa. Competing teams were challenged to answer both technical and nontechnical questions relating to the petroleum industry. Students got opportunities to network, exchange knowledge, develop relationships and establish partnerships.

The questions challenged the engineering skills of the students while at the same time fostering an interest in the unique and rich history of the oil industry.


Petroleum Day Held at Pontificia Universidad Catolica do Rio de Janeiro Student Chapter

“Petroleum Day” is a bi-monthly event established by the SPE PUC-Rio Student Chapter where invited special guests talk about their work and industry experience. It is also an opportunity to talk about SPE, and, recently, the Pascoal Action. The lecturer was Ruben Caligari, former Regional Director for South America and the Caribbean. Record 88 students attended the event, and there was tremendous positive feedback from the students.

The chapter is also taking part in the HSBC Volunteer Project. The goal is to reach the Millennium Objectives as promoted by the United Nations through social enterprise. The chapter achieved their newest record in gathering 95 items in chocolate eggs, bars and candy for the cause.

Great job!

Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

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2012 Winners


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Ayowole Onoopemipo Ogunleye
University of Ibadan

Asia Pacific

Zi-chen Xu
China University of Petroleum, Beijing

Fajril Ambia
Bandung Institute Of Technology, Indonesia


Antoine Bouziat
Institut National Polytechnique De Lorraine

Jafar Fathi
University of Stavanger


Vivek Swami
University of Calgary

Seyed Reza Etminan
University of Calgary

Gulf Coast

Kyle Matthews
Louisiana State University

Manuel Cossio
Texas A&M University

Mahdy Shirdel
University of Texas at Austin

Middle East

Bahador Vakilinia
Islamic Azad University
Undergraduate (1st place)

Mohamed Khaled
Suez Canal University
Undergraduate (2nd place)

Reza Keshavarzi
Islamic Azad University
Master’s (1st place)

Rayah Al-Hattali
Sultan Qaboos University
Master’s (2nd place)

Uchenna Odi
Texas A&M University at Qatar
PhD (1st place)


Oliver Wilson
University of Tulsa

Riteja Dutta
Pennsylvania State University

Yahya Hashemian
University of Tulsa

South America & Caribbean

Ricardo de Freitas Filho
Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Nara Policarpo
Universidade Estadual de Campinas


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Salem Al-dousary
Stanford University

Michael Krause
Stanford University

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