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Ms. Ezeoba (in white) demonstrating how to prepare Oil Based Mud.

SPE Student Chapter University of Ibadan Takes a Field Trip to MI-Swaco

Here is a summary of the Ibadan Chapter’s recent field trip to MI-Swaco.

Venue: Port Harcourt Office of MI-Swaco, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Speakers: Mrs. Riman and Ms. Ezeoba

Highlights of the Program:

  • A visit to the laboratory
  • A lecture on safety in the laboratory
  • Description of various equipment in the laboratory
  • Preparation of Oil-Based Mud by the students
  • A visit to the storage facility
Ms. Ezeoba (in white) demonstrating how to prepare Oil Based Mud.











From L-R (Front Row) John, Deborah, Tunde, Tosin, Mrs Riman, Ayowole, Bolaji, Ms. Ezeoba, Sope, Tope and Toba




SPE Student Chapter NED University of Engineering and Technology Organizes Energy Awareness Week

SPE NED Student Chapter organized “Energy Awareness Week” from February 28 to March 5, 2011. Banners were displayed and flyers were distributed throughout the university to create general awareness amongst the students.

The poster advertising the event.

Over 400 students attended.  The event was sponsored by PPL, PSO, ENGRO CORP, KESC and SHELL.

Students signing in at the Attendance Desk.

The objectives were to:

  • Make students aware about their basic need of energy and better utilization of energy resources.
  • Encourage energy conservation.
  • Discuss the role of fossil fuels in the future and the idea that fossil fuel is only deteriorating the environment.

The program included a three day workshop with lectures by speakers from renowned organizations and was broken into several parts comprising of different activities and lectures.  A poster competition also took place.

The event was a success.

SPE Student Chapter Maharashtra Institute of Technology Holds Final Model Making Competition

The MIT Chapter held the final of “The Model Making Competition”.  The objective was to design tools to remove a fish stuck in the wellbore.  A total of 28 teams made up of second- and third-year students competed.  Each team had to explain the design and working of the tool they developed, and then remove the stuck fish within 10 minutes.  While many teams were successful in removing the stuck fish, some teams were not so lucky.  The fastest contestants were able to remove the fish in 49 seconds.

The judges were Mr. Sudeepto Bannerjee, a Reservoir Engineer at Maersk Oil and Mr. Mujeer Sheikh, a Drilling Engineer at Baker Hughes.

”It was a great experience. The students are getting exposure to the real time challenges faced in the petroleum industry” – Mr. Sheikh.

SPE Student Chapter Kazakh National Technical University Invites You to the 8th International Oil and Gas Youth Forum

The KNTU Chapter wish to invite other SPE student members to participate in their International Oil & Gas Forum, which will take place on April 16-17, 2011.   The organization of Annual Forum has become a tradition for the chapter.

Address: Kazakh National Technical University named after K.I. Satbayev; 22 Satbayev Str., Almaty, the Republic of Kazakhstan.

For more information, or if you want to attend, visit our official website www.kntu-spe.org or contact spe.forum2011@gmail.com.

The Forum’s objectives include:

  • The study and analysis of the development of the global petroleum industry.
  • Discussion of students’ ideas on science and technical decisions for oil and gas exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing development.
  • Interaction between experienced professionals of oil and gas industry and students.

The Forum will contain:

  • Guest presentations about the latest technologies of  the industry brought by leading engineers of major companies.
  • The Round Table with participation of companies’ representatives, University officials and students.
  • Role Game
  • “Oil Games”: Petroleum Engineering intellectual contest
  • Paper contest
  • Technical Sessions: training, seminars and lectures by professionals
  • Petroleum Party

Submit to Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest by May 15

SPE holds ten regional student paper contests allowing students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate level to showcase their skills and research, competing against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the international student paper contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

The SPE Canadian Regional Student Paper Contest is scheduled for 15 June 2011 at University of Regina. All current SPE student members located in the Canadian region are invited to participate.   The winners will travel to the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver to compete against students from other regions in the International Student Paper contest.


PE Student Chapter University of Tulsa’s Recent Activities

The University of Tulsa chapter has submitted a lot of activity reports to us recently.  Here’s a highlight of their 2011 achievements so far:

Engineering week – the chapter held a “Middle School Open House” where students from Tulsa school visited the University and toured the different aspects of engineering available to them.  The chapter had a booth set up with a few hands on activities and educated the students about the roles of petroleum engineers.

Tulsa University Service Day – Chapter members visited the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) to volunteer their services. The Students spent their day shoveling gravel and transporting it to the animal pens to provide the animals with a better environment.

Lunch and Learn – The chapter’s last Lunch and Learn covered the benefits of continuing on with SPE after graduation into SPE Young Professionals and the SPE Mid-Continent region.  These benefits included career guidance, networking, professional events, and numerous links to knowledge from the spe.org.  The presentations were given by Lauren Silverman from Baker Hughes and Mark Bozeck from Frac Tech.  Lunch was provided by SPE YP and Mid-Cont, and drinks were provided by University Of Tulsa SPE.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.

SPE Student Chapter University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Launches a Magazine

About 200 members of the UPES Chapter were fortunate to have Alain Labastie (2011 SPE president), Waleed Refray (SPE Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa and India) and Manav Kanwar (Secretary, SPE Indian Council) at the launch of their magazine “ENERGY ERA”. The visit also coincided with the UPES SPE FEST 2011.

The launch of the ENERGY ERA Magazine

The guests later planted saplings in the University campus as a symbol of environmental awareness, before attending a dinner hosted by the University and Section in honor of the SPE President.

The UPES team with Alain Labastie.