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Build the World Annual Winners Announced

Congratulations to the annual winners of the 2013 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest.

Obadiah Kato – SPE Uganda Section

Nathan Meehan- SPE Gulf Coast Section

Herbert Bell - SPE Dallas Section

Majed Ayed Al-Suwailem - SPE Saudi Arabia Section

Tevin Vongvanich - SPE Thailand Section

John-Martin Donachie - SPE Aberdeen Section

Sameh Macary - SPE Atyrau-Kazakhstan Section

Manuela Badea - SPE Romanian Section

Jufrihadi Jufrihadi  - SPE Java Indonesia Section

Emmanuel Singh – SPE North India 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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Distinguished Lecturer Found Time for One of Life’s "Most Rewarding" Experiences

Curtis BlountI remember the call from an associate some 14 years ago: “Hey Curt, I nominated you to become an SPE Distinguished Lecturer!”

First words out of my mouth were, “Thanks for the recognition, but I don’t have time for that! Things are busy and I don’t see how that helps me out in my job or benefits my company,” or something very close to that.  I refused the nomination.

Many months later, another business associate once again nominated me for the SPE DL program, and he cajoled me into at least giving it a try and putting together a presentation for the committee.  I am glad that he nominated me, and that I followed through.

Although I thought “I did not have time,” I somehow did manage to make time, and not only did I get company approval for the lecture circuit, my company ended up being very supportive of the opportunity. It was a real eye-opening global experience.

Traveling to areas I never thought of visiting, I found interested and interesting SPE members, meetings, and discussions at each stop.  On some of the tour stops, I thought to myself, “This must be what a dignitary or rock-star experiences.” And at others, well, not so much.

Some of the tours involved what looked like a hectic mix of schedules on planes trains and automobiles. While previewing schedules of more than one tour, I was convinced the SPE DL manager must really not like me much. But I was wrong.

Looking back, it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

And some of the less-than-desirable-looking tour schedules turned out to be among the most rewarding. It is difficult to describe the depth of the experiences, networking opportunities with other industry professionals, and the value the DL experience brought to my company, my career, and my life.

Curtis G. Blount
2002-2003 SPE Distinguished Lecturer
2014-2015 SPE Distinguished Lecturer

How to See the World in 300 Days or Less

Jim CraftonOne of the most rewarding ways to “See the World” is to become an SPE Distinguished Lecturer.  Not only will you literally have the opportunity to “See the World”, but in doing so you will help make possible one of the most effective teaching programs, technology dissemination programs, professional recognition programs and have one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. The SPE Distinguished Lecturer Program recognizes the technical development and knowledge transfer skills of a select number of SPE members, typically about 30, who can expect to visit up to 40 different SPE Sections around the world, speaking to as many as 2000 members and guests. There is even the possibility of participation in SPE webinars and videos. These SPE Distinguished Lecturers are selected from a group of perhaps 100 nominees, which out of a membership of over 100,000, is a privilege in its own right.

Your opportunity to recognize those who have outstanding technical skills coupled with the ability to tell their story to a broad audience and who have the time and desire to “See the World” is open from February through 15 March. Even better, once selected, the Society handles both travel arrangements and expenses for the lecturers. You could give your nominee the opportunity to outrun volcanoes, travel on unique airlines, outwit customs agents, meet friends in faraway places and in general just have a spectacular time sharing their knowledge with our SPE members throughout the world.

Jim Crafton
SPE Distinguished Lecturer
2003-2004

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View the 2013 Regional Student Paper Contest Winners

2013 Winners

Africa Region

Undergraduate Division
Joseph Bamisebi, University of Ibadan

PhD Division
Naomi Amoni Ogolo, University of Port Harcourt

Asia Pacific Region

Undergraduate Division
Suyang Zhu, Southwest Petroleum University

Postgraduate Division
Mohammed Al Hamdan, University of New South Wales

Canada Region

Undergraduate Division
Mia Jovic, Univeristy of Calgary

PhD Division
Obinna Ezulike, University of Alberta

Europe Region

Undergraduate Division
Lukas Mosser, Mining University Leoben

Postgraduate Division
Vijay Ashok Mulchandani, TU Clausthal

PhD Division
Lu Dinh Vi, Politecnico di Torino

Gulf Coast North America Region

Undergraduate Division
Brandon Hilts, University of Texas, Austin

Postgraduate Division
Shaina Kelly, University of Texas, Austin

PhD Division
Kan Wu, University of Texas, Austin

Mid Continent/Eastern/Rocky Mountain North America Region

Undergraduate Division
Son Dang, University of Oklahoma

Postgraduate Division
Bahri Kutlu, University of Tulsa

PhD Division
Shu Luo, Dallas Fort Worth

Middle East Region

Undergraduate Division
Omar Karbouj, Kuwait University

Postgraduate Division
Kayode Omotunde, Heriot-Watt University

Russia and Caspian Region

Undergraduate Division
Alexander Kolchin, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University

Postgraduate Division
Elena Evdokimova, Herriot Watt University

PhD Division
Yulia Maslennikova, Kazan Federal University

South America & Caribbean Region

Undergraduate Division
Alan Yamaguchi, University of Sao Paulo

Postgraduate Division
Alexandre Nunes Barreto, North Fluminese State University

PhD Division
Ivana Flores Luthi, UNICAMP

Western North America Region

Postgraduate Division
Hamza Aljamaan, Stanford University

PhD Division
Obiajulu Isebor, Stanford University

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2013 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 in New Orleans. All participants were of an incredibly high standard, and the judges had a difficult challenge deciding the winners.

2013 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place -  Suyang Zhu, Southwest Petroleum University

2nd Place –   Lukas Mosser, Montan University of Leoban

3rd Place -  Brandon Hilts, University of Texas in Austin

Master’s Division

1st Place-   Shaina Kelly, University of Texas in Austin

2nd Place-   Hamza Aljamaan, Stanford University

3rd Place-   Omokayode Omotunde, Heriot Watt University

PhD Division

1st Place –   Obiajulu Isebor, Stanford University

2nd Place -  Shu Luo, University of Tulsa

3rd Place -  Mohammed Al Hamdan, University of New South Wales

Learn more about SPE Regional Student Paper Contests and ISPC »

View 2012 International Student Paper Contest Winners »

Build the World Quarterly Winner Announced

Congratulations to the third quarter winner of the 2013 Build the World of SPE member recruitment contest, Mahdi Namvar, Hobbs Petroleum Section!

The previous quarterly winner was Cyrusba Dagogo-Jack, Port Harcourt Section.

Build the World 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 and prizes. Quarterly prizes are drawn at the end of March, June, September, and December. Learn contest details »

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