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New Regional Appointment

26 February 2013

Dear Section Leaders,

Today I have the pleasure of introducing to you Leonel Ramiro Pérez Solano, whom I have appointed as our Regional Focal Point (RFP). His role and responsibilities are specified herewith:

The RFP will assist the Regional Director with the implementation of SPE Young Professional (YP) and
student initiatives, support of SPE Section YP programs, and will act as a knowledge portal for the SPE Young Professionals Coordinating Committee (YPCC).

  1. The RFP will be a volunteer assigned by the Regional Director
  2. The term of the RFP is for the duration of one year
  3. The RFP will not be considered a member of the SPEI or Section Board of Directors unless already appointed to one of these positions
  4. The RFP will serve as a liaison between the Section YP programs, Regional Director and the YPCC to provide
    • Updates to Section YP program committee names, emails, positions, etc. to the YPCC
    • Support within the region for Section YP program start-up and improvements
    • Communication of best practices between section YP programs and the YPCC
  5. One person on the YPCC will liaise with all the RFP’s
  6. As needed, the RFP will
    • Assist with the implementation of the Ambassador Lecture Program
    • Assist with YP retention
    • Provide back-up assistance to the Regional Director on YP and Student Chapter-related tasks
    • Encourage nominations and annual report submission to allow participation in various YP and student-focused SPE awards such as
      • International and Regional Outstanding Young Member Service Awards
      • YP Paper Contest at ATCE
      • Outstanding Section YP Program Award

Please extend to him your professional courtesy and friendly collaboration. Thank you.

Nestor F. Saavedra
Regional Director – South America and Caribbean

Build the World of SPE Annual Winners Announced

Congratulations 2012 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest winners.

Oghenero Ozobeme—SPE Lagos Nigeria Section

Andrea Hersey—SPE Gulf Coast Section

Herbert Bell—SPE Dallas Section

Karam Al-yateem—SPE Saudi Arabia Section

Raman Rao Abdullah—SPE Kuala Lumpur Section

John-Martin Donachie—SPE Aberdeen Section

Aleksandr Figilyantov—SPE Ufa Section

Jao Pereira—SPE Ecuador Section

Manuela Badea—SPE Romanian Section

Peter SchrenkelSPE Permian Basin Section

Deddy Prameswono—SPE Sumatra Section

Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest begins 1 January and ends 31 December each year. By sharing information about the value and benefits of SPE membership and recruiting friends and colleagues, members are rewarded with cash prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September, and December.

Do you need help recruiting?

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

Congratulations Suez Canal Student Chapter—March Chapter of the Month!

The student chapter has been busy hosting the SPE North Africa Sub-Regional Paper Contest—which was a huge success.

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

In addition to hosting the paper contest, they organized two training days at Halliburton, and field trips to Kuwait Energy Company and Qaran Petroleum Company.

The Suez Canal student chapter also launched ECHO; an online magazine published weekly. ECHO covers several categories; including; IQ, Eminent Figures, latest technologies, and worldwide news in the form of blogs. Another accomplishment includes adding Petroleum Engineering for the first time to the Egyptian Engineering Day. The yearly competition allows petroleum engineering students to participate with their projects.

SPE Suez Canal Student Chapter

Congratulations Again Suez Canal Student Chapter—March Student Chapter of the Month!


SPE Brazil Section

SPE Brazil Section Meets, Distributes Awards

The SPE Brazil Section held its board meeting 31 January 2013, in Rio de Janeiro. The goal was to review 2012 activities and plan new ones for 2013.

Brazilian universities that received awards for 2012 included: Gold Award recipients Federal Fluminense University, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, State University of Campinas, Federal Fluminense University North. The 2012 Outstanding Student Chapter Award went to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Congratulations to all winners; we look forward to another outstanding year.SPE Brazil Section

Egbert Imomoh

SPE President Visits Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela

SPE 2013 President Egbert Imomoh spent 5 days meeting with SPE membership and industry executives in Mexico City, Mexico, Maracibo, Puerto La Cruz, and Caracas, Venezuela.

He delivered a series of presentations about the industry evolution and future challenges as well as SPE’s role in 21st century industry challenges. Nestor Saavedra, SPE South America and Caribbean Region Director, joined Imomoh in his visits to Peru and Venezuela. Egbert Imomoh


2013 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Recipients Announced

Congratulations Orhun Aydin and Mojtaba Shahri—2013 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Recipients

Orhun Aydin is a PhD student in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. He received a master of science degree in Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford in 2012. He received his bachelor of science at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Orhun was awarded the SPE STAR Scholarship during his last year at Middle East Technical University.

Currently, Orhun is a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (S.C.R.F.), where he works with Professor Caers on model complexity to answer how complex we need to make earth models or reservoir models to make decisions. Outside of his responsibilities as a student researcher, he is also the treasurer of the Stanford Student Chapter of SPE.

Mojtaba Shahri is a PhD student at the University of Tulsa. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in petroleum engineering in 2008 and 2010. He earned 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University of National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. Mojtaba has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering and also served as technical reviewer in petroleum engineering related journals. He was also the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship recipient.

Shahri is currently conducting research on the coupled fluid flow-geomechanical modeling of reservoirs for predicting reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

Congratulations again to Orhun Aydin and Mojtaba Shahri—2013 Nico van Wingen Fellowship recipients!

Learn more about the Nico van Wingen Fellowship.

February Student Chapter of the Month

Congratulations to February Student Chapter of the Month

Congratulations to the University of Cairo for being selected February Student Chapter of the Month.

Although the University of Cairo student chapter faced obstacles, they accomplished many of their goals during this academic year.

One of the student chapter’s greatest accomplishments was launching their online radio called “SPE Radio.” After long periods of training, preparing, and hard work the Radio Committee could record different episodes of interested programs that targeted the youth.  The recording included technical and social programs, interviews, reports and events that gave more information about SPE and SPE activities.

Along with the “Online Radio,” the University of Cairo Student Chapter excelled in the Sub-regional Paper Contest, which the student chapter hosted on 8 December.  The student chapter won 1st place in the Master’s Division and 2nd place in the Undergraduate Division.  For the first time, the student chapter will have representation at the Regional Paper Contest in April 2013.

We have outlined only a few of the University of Cairo student chapter events. They have many other goals they are working hard to achieve.

Congratulations again to the University of Cairo for winning SPE February Chapter of the Month.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe

Ecuador Gives Top Energy Advisor a Warm Welcome

The SPE Ecuador Section hosted SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe, senior petroleum engineer advisor at Devon Energy, on 4 December. Ezekwe was hosted by the minister of non-renewable natural resources, Wilson Pástor, and more than 200 attendees from the Ecuadorian energy community.

Ekekwe, along with speaker Carlos Marx Carrasco, an economist and director-generael at , Ecuador Internal Revenue Service (SRI) and Zhang Xing, executive president at Andes Petroleum Ecuador Ltd., also addressed topics that were of interest to the local community.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer Nnaemeka Ezekwe
Italo Cedeño, SPE Ecuador Section Chairperson, expressing his thanks to Nnaemeka Ezekwe, Senior Engineering Advisor, for his Distinguished Lecture “Advances in Reservoir Management Technologies,” given in Quito, Ecuador, 4 December 2012.
Carlos Blum, E&P Manager Petroamazonas; Economist Carlos Marx Carrasco, Director Internal Revenue Service; Zhang Xing, President Andes Petroleum; Wilson Pastor, Secretary Non-Renewable Resources; Italo Cedeño, Chairperson SPE Ecuador Section; Nnaemeka Ezekwe, SPE Distinguished Lecturer; Solange Ferreira, SPE Senior Manager Latin America & Caribbean; Andrés Donoso, Secretary Hydrocarbons.

A Holiday Message from Your Regional Directors

With the end of 2012 approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you happy holidays and thank our regional membership and leadership of Sections and Student Chapters for all their support given to SPE activities in 2012.

We are very enthusiastic not only about all activities SPE offers worldwide but also about our very busy schedule of events in our region in 2013. SPE will introduce two new technical conferences: SPE Artificial Lift Conference—Americas and the Latin America and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility and Environment Conference. To see information about the new events, plus all the other events SPE holds in our Region, please keep checking the schedule of our events to the right on this page.

With our many activities in the Region, we aim to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge in a region that is aggressively developing new and existing conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources—safely and environmentally friendly, and at a pace that has significantly affected the global energy market.

Felices Fiestas!
Felizes Festas!
Happy Holidays!

Nestor Saavedra

Nestor Saavedra
South America and Caribbean Region Director

Bryant Mueller

Bryant Mueller
Gulf Coast North America, including Mexico
Aclaro Softworks Inc.

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!