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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.

Joint SEG/SBGf/SPE Workshop is a Success

Brazil Workshop

The SEG/SBFf/SPE Workshop on Global Perspectives for Deepwater Presalt Exploration and Development, held 11–12 September 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attracted 187 participants. Pictured above:  Wences Gouveia (Shell), Carlos Eduardo Abreu (Petrobras), Gene Walton (BP America, Cochairperson, SPE Representative), Eric Ekstrand (BP America, Cochairperson, SEG Representative); Speaker: Paulo Johann (Petrobras, Cochairperson, SBGf Representative)

Petroleum Reserves & Resource Estimation—PRMS Application Guidelines Document Workshop

SPE, in conjunction with the Mexican Section and with support from Pemex, offered the Petroleum Reserves & Resource Estimation—PRMS Application Guidelines Document Workshop 25–26 September in Mexico City.

During the 2-day event, attendees had the opportunity to learn, share experiences, and best practices on the PRMS applications and its guidelines. It also focused on future directions in reserves and resources evaluation and reporting.

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!

SPE Brazil Section Pays a Visit to the 2013 Rio Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition

The SPE Brazil Section participated in the 2013 Rio Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition on 17–19 September 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The SPE Brazil Section booth attracted many of the over 40,000 attendees of this year’s event who were interested to learn more about the SPE mission and activities worldwide. They were also interested to learn how one can benefit from becoming SPE member. A special thanks to our SPE Brazil Section members for supporting the organization and helping us to disseminate the SPE mission.

Visit the SPE Brazil Section website for more information »