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Congratulations to the 2014 Star Scholarship and Fellowship recipients

Congratulations to the following 2014 Star Scholarship and Fellowship recipients!
*Award amounts vary by region. Learn more about the Star Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Abd El-Aziz Abd El-Kawy, Ahmed – Middle East, Fellow
Ahmadova, Nurlana – North Sea, Scholar
Alfi, Masoud – Gulf Coast North America, Fellow
Arshanda, Muhammad Ichsan – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Bainbridge, Simon – Southwestern North America, Scholar
Bongiovanni, Claudia – Western North America, Fellow
Bouhouche, Mohamed Amine – Middle East, Scholar
Bugheanu, Alexandra Delia – South, central, and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Charoentanaworakun, Achara – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Cherry, Jamal – Eastern North America, Fellow
Cichostepski, Kamil – South, Central, and Eastern Europe, Fellow
Dovbysh, Vadim – Russia and Caspian, Scholar
Durant, Keiron – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Elahi Naraghi, Morteza – Southwestern North America, Fellow
Elgamal, Ahmed – Middle East, Scholar
Elliott, Jacob – Western North America, Scholar
Fei, Haoxiang – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Forward, Trevor – Canada, Scholar
García, Diego – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Guinn, Phillip – Eastern North America, Scholar
Harrington, Jonah – Mid-Continent North America, Scholar
Hutahaean, Junko – North Sea, Fellow
Karatela, Ehtesham – Southern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Kondaveeti, Vikran Sai – South Asia, Fellow
Krasnova, Ekaterina – Russia and Caspian, Fellow
Kumar, Sanyog – Rocky Mountain North America, Fellow
LeBlanc, Gerard – Eastern North America, Scholar
Lin, Zhi – Gulf Coast North America, Scholar
Manu, Andra – South, Central, and Eastern Europe, Scholar
Manu, Isaac – Africa, Scholar
Martis, Rithesh – South Asia, Fellow
Mohanathan, Yogeshwary – Northern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Mustafina, Adeliya – Russia and Caspian, Fellow
Okereke, Chidiebere – Africa, Scholar
Olalere, Oladayo –Africa, Fellow
Olson, Luke – Rocky Mountain North America, Scholar
Omosebi, Omotayo – Africa, Fellow
Paldanius, Ryan – Western North America, Scholar
Patel, Rajan – Canada, Fellow
Rafiee, Javad – Mid-Continent North America, Fellow
Sarkar, Prakhar – South Asia, Scholar
Shah, Swej – North Sea, Fellow
Shakhmaliyev, Ramiz – Russia and Caspian, Scholar
Shamsuddin, Annur Asma Sayidah – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow
Sherafati, Marjan – Western North America, Fellow
Srivastava, Sukriti – South Asia, Scholar
Szczesiul, Patrycja – South, Central, and Eastern Europe, Fellow
Tripp, Brandon – Eastern North America, Fellow
Tu, Claudia Yuan– Ming – Southern Asia Pacific, Scholar
Wong, Celine – North Sea, Scholar
Yasuda, Eric – South America and Caribbean, Fellow
Ydrogo, Henger – South America and Caribbean, Scholar
Zayed, Mostafa – Middle East, Fellow
Zhu, Bin – Northern Asia Pacific, Fellow

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

Congratulations to the first quarter winner of the 2014 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Jean Jimenez, Western Venezuela Petroleum 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. Learn contest details.

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UNT Student Chapter

The University of North Texas (UNT) SPE Student Chapter Tours Well Sites

UNT Student Chapter
People in the photo (from left to right): Erin Wood – UNT SPE Treasurer; Ryan Burch – UNT SPE student member; Michael Warren – JW Operating Sr. Operations Engineer; Armstrong Ekpete – UNT SPE student member; Martin Steenbock – UNT SPE student member; Michael McClain – UNT SPE President

The University of North Texas (UNT) SPE student chapter was recently invited by JW-Operating to tour four well sites located in the Justin, Texas, USA area of the Barnett Shale.  Three of the sites were chosen to illustrate varying artificial lift systems and at the final pad on the tour students were able to witness a work-over rig in action. Michael Warren organized the event and solicited assistance from district engineers Shane Haberman and John Lacik, all of JW-Operating Company. The visit lasted roughly four hours with about 30 minutes at each location and some additional time in the field office showing students plunger lift valves and equipment. This was a great experience for the UNT SPE student chapter members and we cannot thank JW-Operating enough for their support of our growing student chapter.

Dave Nwosu explaining a point to participants

Energy4me comes to 50 secondary schools in Lagos state

In a move first of its kind in Nigeria, the Society of Petroleum Engineers has collaborated with the Lagos Power Kids Program to bring Energy4me to 50 secondary schools in Lagos state. The Lagos Power Kids Program is an initiative of the Lagos state government as part of the power sector development plan to help improve energy efficiency and conservation practice among its citizens. The Power kids program is an interactive, extra-curricular club activity specifically aimed at students of the junior secondary school sector and currently runs as a reward for the top schools which won the Governor’s award for Public schools. One thousand students participated in the program.

SPE prepared the oil and gas module and distributed the Energy4me packs and posters for the students and lecturers. On 4 March 2014, SPE Lagos section held a teach the trainers workshop where the 50 teachers and 10 supervisors were taken through the module and the experiment.  The Lagos section volunteers had an interactive session with the teachers answering various questions posed by them.

Dave Nwosu explaining a point to participants
Energy4me volunteer, Dave Nwosu explaining a point to participants
Question time
Question time
volunteers with the teachers
SPE volunteers with the teachers

 

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SPE Bangalore Section Organises “Shell Day” at ISM Dhanbad

SPE Bangalore Section and SPE ISM Student Chapter, in association with AAPG ISM Student Chapter, successfully organised Shell Day on 23 February 2014 at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre at Indian School Of Mines, Dhanbad. The team of dignitaries from Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd. comprised of Kirk Hansen (Principle Pore Pressure Prediction Specialist), Paul Taylor (Geophysics Advisor), Rituraj Singh (Reservoir Engineer), Anshul Kapoor (Reservoir Engineer), Vinay Shinde (Graduate Recruitment and Marketing Team Lead) and Abhinandan Kohli (Petrophysicist).

The event started with a panel discussion on the evening of 22 February, chaired by Prof Dr. M. K. Mukherjee, Paul Taylor, Kirk Hansen, Rituraj Singh, Abhinandan Kohli, and Anshul Kapoor. The agenda of discussion was ‘Career Prospects in E&P Industry’. The experienced panel tackled the questions with great enthusiasm resulting in a compelling discussion.

The next day kick-started with the challenging Shell Case Study competition. The event received a staggering 60 entries, out of which 10 were selected for onstage presentation and assessed by the Shell delegates. The constructive feedback provided by the judges, who appreciated the quality of the proposed solutions, was a great learning experience for the participants as well as the audience.

The post lunch session started with the Game Changing Ideas competition. Designed on the grounds of Shell Ideas 360, this event called for the innovative ideas that aim to provide security in terms of Food, Water, and Energy in the future. The judges and audience enjoyed the enthralling ideas presented by the participants.

SPE Bangalore Section

This event was followed by the HSSE Video contest, which was the perfect platform for the participants to showcase innovation and creativity. The challenge of identifying an HSSE hazard in the working environment and surroundings and conveying the message within 30 seconds was tackled well by the participants. This was followed by HSSE Poster contest based on a similar theme. These events incorporated awareness about potential risks and hazards amidst the students highlighting the importance of HSSE evaluation and risk mitigation.

The final event, ‘Pre-Intern Talk’ by Vinay Shinde, provided an insight into Shell as a company and focussed on the qualities Shell looks for in their interns.

The finale for the day was the Shell Outstanding Student Award. The judges declared Abhishek Singh as the 2014 Shell Outstanding Student. This was followed by the declaration of results for the day’s events. The wide scale participation, the presence of experienced dignitaries, and duly organised events ensured that Shell Day was a huge success yet again.