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SPE Student Chapter University of Cairo Hosts Ambassador Lecture Program

University of Cairo Student Chapter recently hosted their first Ambassador Lecturer Program.  The Ambassador Lecturer Program is designed to connect students with the oil and gas industry through lectures presented by young professionals who are 35 years old or younger.

The lecturers share their career development experience since graduation, explore cutting-edge technology, and describe what it is like to work in the E&P industry. The program aims to present the vision of SPE and provide an opportunity for students to hear a young engineer’s perspective on issues confronting the industry.

The student chapter has shown appreciation to:  Eng. Ahmed Ali; Eng. Mohamed Kamal; Eng. Hazem Abdul Sattar;
Eng. Eslam AL Araby; Geo. Radwa Obahha; Eng. Nael Sadek.  University of Cairo Student Chapter also offer special thanks to their guests from Sapesco Company:  Ms. Manal Koka and Eng. Ahmed Magdy.

SPE Student Member Chosen As a Finalist for Mind Odyssey Competition at Petrotech Conference

Leon Prebeau-Menezes, graduate student at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary and a student member of SPE is representing Team Canada as one of the top 3  finalists for Mind Odyssey, a world competition hosted by the 3rd World Petroleum Congress – Petrotech Conference, New Delhi.
Alberta’s Premier Ed Stelmach is expected to attend the World Petroleum Congress-Petrotech Conference at the 9th International Petrotech 2010 Oil and Gas Conference in New Delhi, Southeast Asia’s largest petroleum show.
The winners Prebeau-Menezes Team Canada and S. Bratt Slett of Norway are scheduled to jointly present their topic on Geothermal Energy for Increasing Oil Recovery to help the oil & gas industry move toward sustainable energy. The competition will be to a world audience in New Delhi November 2, 2010, at the Mind Odyssey Final Challenge. Mr. D.K. Pande,  Director (Exploration) of ONGC India who is also the Vice President of the World Petroleum Council, will be welcoming the local and global delegates.
Mind Odyssey world competition is a challenge where innovative ideas are sought to contribute toward the advancement of energy industry, offer value addition, deliver new benefits and provide solutions for the many challenges faced by the industry: effective management of resources, breakthrough advances in technology, technological developments for new sources of conventional, alternate and green energy sources, and providing solutions to future energy crises.
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A Big Congratulations to SPE Student Chapter Indian School of Mines – SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!

The students of this chapter solved membership problems by appointing team representatives to update new members on all activities available and assist them with the registration process.  This has resulted in the chapter having close to 400 current members.  They have sponsored an inter-college football tournament; conducted campus cleaning drives; began work on a video conferencing facility; conducted a panel discussion on Climate Change; participated in the regional student paper contest; conducted Petrowalk (an event to educate young students about SPE and petroleum engineering); and many other events.

Students of ISM Student Chapter have hosted guest lecturers:  Mrs. Archana Kumar, who spoke about the importance and impact of post graduation on a petroleum engineer’s career; Professor Prabir Daripa, who spoke on “The effect of chemicals on porous medium during EOR”; and Mr. Vikas Kumar, who spoke on “Practical Aspects of Wire Line Formation Testing and Well Testing”.

One of their goals is to increase the number of students sent to conferences and competitions in order to increase student interaction with global chapters.

Indian School of Mines Student Chapter is doing an excellent job!  Once again, congratulations!

2010 Awards Recipients

Eastern North America Regional Award Recipients Named

Five SPE members from the Eastern North America Region were recognized for their contribution to SPE and technical expertise two weeks ago in West Virginia. Learn more about regional awards and nominate an outstanding individual at  http://www.spe.org/about/honors/regional_awards.php.

Left to right: Richard Fulcher; Charles Boyer; Mark Spears, 2010 President’s Award Winner, Most Improved Section; Bill Rubin; David Freeman.


Annual Open Sports Day Held By SPE Student Chapter KSU

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual open sports day on October 14 at the Sports Arial Dome at King Saud University. More than 50 students attended along with 6 faculty members.

The students were randomly divided into teams of 6 players. Every team played 6 games in football, basketball and volleyball. The teams who got the highest score made up the top 3. There were also separate tournaments of table tennis and handball.

Eng. Abdulbari Arefi in his speech emphasized the importance of these social activities as they strengthen the social bond between the SPE KSU members and the faculty. He previewed some of the programs the chapter will hold in the near future and encouraged the students to participate. Finally, Arefi congratulated KSU for being the SPE Student Chapter of the Month of October.


SPE Student Chapter KSU Attends SAOGE

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) attended the 3rd Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition on October 10. Seven students represented KSU at the conference, having traveled from Riyadh City to Dammam City. Sponsoring companies were impressed by the way King Saud University students handled scientific questions and debates. The chapter is poised to participate in many more events in the coming months.


SPE Student Chapter KSU Hosts a Welcoming Party

On 9 October, SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual welcoming party along with the celebration of being the Chapter of the Month for October!

This was also a congratulatory event for the petroleum and natural gas engineering department for attaining ABET accreditation. During the party, the vice president of the engineering college gave a speech along with the chairman of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department. SPE Student Chapter KSU President, Sayed Hassan Mohamed, also spoke. KSU student chapter spokesmen Sami Talbi presented on the chapter’s plans and the opportunities for the students to get involved. The presentations ended with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honor but the celebrations continued.


SPE Student Chapter CUPB Holds a Technical Lecture

On October 14, the SPE Student Chapter China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) held the technical lecture of “Water Quest”. Zhang Hongquan, an associate professor from Tulsa University was invited. During the 2-hour lecture Professor Zhang first analyzed the current situation of water resources in China and other areas of the world and put forward his research and acknowledgement on water use and saving. Based on the theory of water circulation, he proposed some creative views, such as improving the arid climate in the northeast China and revitalizing the Silk Road through water transfer. He then engaged in a lively conversation about water transfer and its feasibility with the students.

After that, Professor Zhang shared his latest patent “Overhead Receiver”. The new technology, which is used for exploration of gas hydrate, helps to solve the problem of high cost and difficulty of the submarine gas hydrate exploration.

The interactive session came last. The active communication between students and Professor Zhang warmed the atmosphere. After the lecture, Professor Zhang took pictures with the Executive Committee of SPE, and then they exchanged souvenirs.


SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Participates in Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing

Spokesmen of Tyumen SPE Chapter participated in SPE conference titled “Hydraulic Fracturing in Russia: Experience and Perspective” held 28-30 September in Nizhnevartovsk, Western Siberia, Russia. Approximately 132 participants from Russian and international companies presented papers and participated in sessions. One of the most prominent guests at this conference was Michael Economides, a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas, and Dmitry Chernishev, the technical spokesman of Smith International. The conference was about hydraulic fracturing in Russia. Hydraulic fracturing, as a method of well stimulation, started in USA in the late 1940s. In the Soviet Union, it was used for the first time in 1952. Hydraulic fracturing was initially a primarily completion method for injection wells in the course of peripheral water-flooding.  Later on, in the former Soviet Union, hydraulic fracturing was done in oil wells with river sand employed as proppant material. The second coming of hydraulic fracturing took place consequently on dramatically worsened structure of reserves in Russia in the early 1990s. By now the Russian oil and gas companies have accumulated substantial experience in hydraulic fracturing operations under various geological conditions.

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