The 2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest was held in conjunction with the 2012 WNAR SPE conference on March 20th 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Reza Rastegar from Chevron served as the coordinator for this event. Various SPE sections stepped forward to provide travel and housing sponsorship for students from various schools to attend the contest and the convention. On behalf of all participating schools and contestants, they would like to thank the following industrial and SPE section sponsors:
- SJV SPE Section
- Aera Energy
- LA Basin SPE Section
- Alaska SPE Section
- Golden Gate SPE Section
The winners in the PhD division:
The winners in the combined Master’s/undergraduate division:
The 2012 Western Regional Meeting was hosted by the San Joaquin Valley SPE section in Bakersfield, California. About 500 technical professionals and 200 exhibitors attended the meeting. This year’s theme was ”Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, 100 year operations, tight shales, smart fields and the Pacific Ocean.”
The conference featured two separate plenary sessions, welcome luncheon with keynote speaker Tim Kustic, award luncheon with keynote speaker 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur and training courses.
Students from Stanford University, University of Southern California, Berkley and University of Alaska Fairbanks competed in the student paper contest hosted by University of Southern California. 2012 SPE President Ganesh Thakur presented awards to the top-ranked students.
The meeting also offered entertainment and networking opportunities. The highlight of the conference was the presentation of “spOILed The Movie”. The feature attracted more than 200 professionals and Director Mark Mathis answered numerous questions and engaged in spirited dialog with the attendees. The other events included a tour of several great Paso Robles wineries and the SJV SPE Annual golf tournament, which signed-up more than 230 players in two morning and afternoon flights.
Photos from event:
Here is an update from Los Angeles Basin Section Newsletter:
LASPE did itself proud at the Middle School MESA Day, with our volunteers performing as science project competition judges, math test proctors, and giving presentations to students and teachers. Pictures tell the story, and all of our volunteers had a wonderful time, lots of fun, and at the end of the day, knew we did a great job that made MESA Day a success.
We had over 520 excited and determined middle school students from the Long Beach, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Paramount, and Wilmington areas. Their science projects ranged from Mousetrap- powered cars, Windmills, Gliders, Bridges, Models and Posters about the Human Eye, and a new pilot project building Prosthetic Hands. We were amazed at what these students could design and build, as some of the rules were up to 25 pages long, and rules were strictly enforced.
Four of our LASPE members are MESA Alumni: Vanessa Perez (CA State Lands Commission), Uduak Ntuk (City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Dept), and Estuardo Iriarte and Miguel Cabrera (Occidental Petroleum). They conducted several Engineering Panel Sessions to talk to students about their similar hardship backgrounds, how they became engineers and geologists, and what they do at their jobs.
Wanjiru Njuguna, a geologist for Oxy, demonstrated 3-D geologic modeling and answered student questions on faulting, rocks, fossils, and even shale oil. She learned that one student gave a competitive speech that morning on fracking shale oils, and that student had good questions to ask.
Great job, LASPE, on these great accomplishments!
We are pleased to announce and welcome to SPE the following new student chapters!
- Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz in Bolivia
- Federal University of Bahia in Brazil
- Universidade Estacio de Sa in Brazil
- Anna Universit in India
- AMET University in India
- Mehran University, Khairpur Mir’s in Pakistan
- Coventry University in United Kingdom
Contact information for these chapters can be found here.
On February 9, an ambassador lecture was organized for the benefit of student members at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Young professional Oloruntobi Sunday Olalere, who has more than 6 years experience as a drilling engineer and is now a drilling supervisor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), delivered the lecture.
The title of the lecture was “Life on the Rig”. Olalere covered the basis of drilling operations, the different types of drill rigs in use today and relationships between operators, drilling contractors and service companies. Students found the life examples of drilling operations to be the most informative.
It was a successful event, and the students greatly benefited from the lecture.
Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar, SPE-RGCE Student Chapter President, participated in the 2011 International Petroleum Technology Conference and Education Week in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-9 February. Jai received the first place winner award for a group project titled “Marginal Fields Development”. The program also gave him an excellent networking platform on which to meet individuals from global, industry and academic backgrounds.
He was also very much inspired by Dr. Ganesh Thakur, 2012 SPE President. His participation and talent made the chapter very proud to win at the international level. We wish Mr. Jai Prakash Kohar great success in future endeavours.
Congratulations, Jai for the wonderful accomplishment!
It was an honor for SPE British University student chapter to arrange the “Student Lecture Tour” which was conducted for the first time in North Africa. The BUE student chapter hosted the event in co-operation with the EAGE (The European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers).
Dr. David Roberts, Former Head of Geology at Staffordshire University, UK, conducted the seminar. The event was honored by the attendance of faculty, professionals and guests from other SPE chapters in Egypt.
The seminar consisted of three parts:
1. The demand and supply of minerals, including oil and gas, in the past, present and future.
2. How companies take the decision of investment and accept the risk.
3. The role of geology in this process.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology student chapter organized their first Treasure Hunt this year and garnered amazing support for this event. Clues were spread over 100 acres of campus area, with one clue leading to the other. A total of 20 teams with approximately 92 participants attended this event, making it a great success. The event was perfectly organized by SPE volunteers and lasted about 5 hours. Three teams that reached the final clue were awarded cash prizes. The success of this event helps the chapter reach their goal of 200 memberships by the end of March 2012.
Even the cultural team at the university requested the student chapter’s help with their endeavors after witnessing such a perfect execution of events. SPE RGIPT proved once again that they have expertise in every field from technical to extracurricular.
Keep up the good work, RGIPT student chapter!
The Cairo University student chapter was part of a seminar and field trip that was prepared by our Human Resources Committee and Academic Committee. They offered a total of 20 hours of workshops.
In the first workshop, “Emotional Intelligence”, students learned about: what emotional intelligence is, self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, social awareness and conflict resolution. In the second workshop, “Marketing & Training of Trainers”, students learned about: understanding marketing, consumer behavior and research.
This seminar with its workshops helped the students learn how to put their information into practical use. There was an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment while learning and engaging in the activities. The students consider this seminar very valuable will treasure it always as can be seen in their photos.
The very active SPE ISM student chapter continues to amaze all with their creativity and energy. From the SPE Sundays, which recently hosted the integration Soft Skill Development activities to building a rig from paltry materials like balloons, tape and threads. After completion, the teams were judged on how pertinent the design was and the stability of the structure. Winners were then rewarded with a cash price of Rs.500, 1st Runners-up with Rs.300, and 2nd Runners-up Rs.200.
On 18 February, there was a friendly T20 cricket match between seniors and juniors. The objective was to promote healthy teamwork and to ease some stress among the increasing number of students at ISM. The seniors are left with some happy memories after finally being declared the winners. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed break to the students from their intense academic schedule.