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Dallas Section Members Receive 2012 Regional Awards

At the SPE Dallas Section meeting on 9 May, five Dallas section members received their 2012 Regional Awards. Distinguished Lecturer Dennis Dria gave the final presentation of his DL tour on “E&P Applications of Fiber Optic Technologies”.

David Hamilton (Awards Chair), Terry Palisch (Completions Optimization and Technology), Sara Miller (Young Member Outstanding Service), John Tabor (Service), Steve Grape (Management and Information) and John Alderman (Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility).
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

Previous Years

U.S. and E.U. laws restrict provision of certain services to individuals residing in embargoed countries; therefore, not all participants may be eligible to receive all benefits related to Student Paper Contests. Read more.


African Region Student Paper Contest Winners Named

African region student paper contest was recently held during the 2012 SPE Students Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCE) at the University of Lagos. Ogunleye Ayowole from the University of Ibadan student chapter took first place with paper “Development of a Vogel Type Inflow Performance Relations for Horizontal Wells”, making it the fourth time in a row a student from the University of Ibadan won the contest. Second place was awarded to Adedayo Adeala, also from the same chapter, who wrote and presented a paper titled “Using Local Additives (Crushed Corn Cob) to improve Properties of Water Based Mud.” Congratulations to the winners!

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Find out more about the Research, Development Technical Section

SPE’s Research and Development Technical Section was created by SPE’s R&D Standing Committee to stimulate R&D activities that improve our industry’s ability to find and to produce oil and natural gas.  The Section’s objectives are:

  • To expedite and to facilitate R&D activities with application in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons
  • To provide a forum for discussion and cooperation on R&D for exploration and production of hydrocarbons
  • To promote communication and collaboration between academia and the E&P industry
  • To create an active community of and to facilitate networking between R&D users and providers Continue reading

Ambassador Lecturer Visits Novosibirsk State University

On February 13, an ambassador lecture was organized for SPE Novosibirsk State University student chapter. Young professional Valery Rukavishnikov, who has more than 3 years experience as a reservoir engineer and is now an educator at Heriot Watt University’s Tomsk Approved Learning Centre, delivered the lecture.

The lecture consisted of two parts. The title of the first part was “Oil and Gas Industry Opportunities”. This presentation was about career opportunities in the petroleum geology industry, focusing on where young specialists can work after completing their education. The second part was titled “4D Seismic Data Interpretation”. This topic dealt with Rukavishnikov’s PhD thesis, and he spoke about the results of investigations. The presentation concentrated on 4D seismic data interpretation methods, their application in hydrodynamic modeling and predictions of oil field exploration.

The officers gratefully acknowledged the support they received from professional SPE section Tomsk Petroleum Learning Centre. It was an interesting and unique meeting for the NSU SPE student chapter.


Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place

2012 SPE Western Regional Student Paper Contest Winners Awarded

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:

Michael Krause, Stanford University, first place
Mohammad Shahvali, Stanford University, second place

The winners in the combined Master’s/undergraduate division:

Salem Aldousary, Stanford University, first place
Kailash Sivakumar, University of Southern California, second place
Kurt Wilson, Stanford University, third place
John Demallie was the undergraduate contestant



2012 Western Regional Meeting Successfully Held in Bakersfield, California

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.

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LASPE Volunteers Help Make Middle School Mesa Day a Success

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!

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A Big Welcome to Our Newest SPE Student Chapters

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.


Ambassador Lecturer Visits Memorial University of Newfoundland

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.