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SPE Student Chapter KNUST Visits Ashanti Mines

On October 2nd, approximately 250 attendees, 143 of those SPE members of the SPE Student Chapter Kwame – Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, visited the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Mines Sansu Shaft at Obuasi as part of a Geology field observation. The mine is the biggest in Ghana and one of the largest in Africa.

Kwame Photo

The members toured the general geology and specific geology areas of the site, including the Sansu Shaft, which is the largest shaft there. Members saw the actual operations involved in the selection of the rock and the breaking of it. They went on to observe the conveyor system and the processing unit. Finally, the students were guided through the chemical processing to see gold processing.

Kwame Photo

German Section of SPE Hosts Student Technical Conference

A yearly event, Student Technical Conference hosted by the Germen Section of SPE recently took place in Wietze, Germany on the 7th and 8th of October. The program was both enjoyable and educational. Several universities were given the opportunity to speak at the event. The universities included TU Clausthal and TU Berlin among others. There were over 15 prominent speakers. 10 participants took part in the poster contest. A program summary is available for download. Cheers to a successful event!

2010 Canada Region STAR Scholarship and Fellowship Winners Revealed

Each year, SPE awards STAR scholarships and fellowships representing a 1 million dollar commitment to education. The undergraduate scholarship is for $5000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $20,000 USD while the graduate fellowship is $10,000 USD per year renewable for up to four years for a total of $40,000 USD.
SPE Canada Region awards one Scholarship and one Fellowship annually.  Details can by found at http://www.energy4me.org/careerscholarships/scholarships/star-scholarship/
Canada Region STAR Scholarship – Ridi Rahman, University of Alberta
Canada Region STAR Fellowship – Nisael Solano, University of Calgary

Indian School of Mines Soccer Night

To promote healthy teamwork and as a bid to ease some stress among the burgeoning students of ISM, the SPE ISM chapter organised a football match under floodlights between BG Warriors and Shell Super-kings, the names chosen very germane. The game was played on 21st September at 21:30 IST in the Upper playground of the campus. It was inaugurated by Dr. Ajay Mandal, the faculty sponsor of the chapter. The game went on for about an hour but could find no clear winner as both teams matched each other stroke for stroke. The game went into extra time and finally after two hours of competitive and enjoyable football, Shell Super-kings defeated the Warriors by 3-1 in extra time.

The game rejuvenated the students and left some happy memories for all the final year students participated. This game also went a long way in giving a much needed respite to the students from their intense academic schedule.

SPE UPES Student Chapter Alumni Interaction Program

On 13 September 2010, Mr. Ruchir Srivastav, University Alumni and currently current employee for  Reliance Industries Limited, E&P visited campus. He interacted with the students  and shared his corporate and technical experience. Mr. Srivastav gave a lecture on Well completion and various technologies involved in it. He also shared his memories of last years at University. Later he answered various queries of students related to technology and career prospects.  There was 70 members at the meeting.

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King Saud University is October Student Chapter of the Month

Congratulations to King Saud University SPE Student Chapter for being selected Student Chapter of the Month for October!

King Saud University Student Chapter has been on the go with new programs, field trips, sporting events and all kinds of things.  They recently developed a new program that chooses a member and an administrative each month based on specific standers that a member or an administrative must achieve to be honored. The SPE-KSU member for August is Yazeed S. Alowaisi and SPE-KSU Administrative Person of the month is Abdullah A. Al-Abdusalam.   Earlier in the year around 15 students and 4 faculty attended the Ganadriah, a heritage and cultural festival.

20 student chapter members participated in the Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibition and its associated events that was held in Al-khobar city. There was a geological trip to (Dammam Dome) where students visited the well-known prosperity well and the details of its discovery and the geological beds that lie in its formation.  Then the students headed to another geological site to review the geological characteristics and the types of the rocks along with the theories of the Composition and sedimentation.  The trip was very interesting and fun providing information on the geological history of the eastern province, history of the sediment oil and its migration.  12 students attended petroleum engineering courses at  Saudi Aramco participating in seminars and paper contests. During their kick-off meeting for this year the chapter president gave a speech about the chapter’s previous activities and showed a video highlighting the chapter’s main events.  The chapter organized its first Ramadan Iftar this year.

Once again Congratulations Students at King Saud University Student Chapter –  SPE October Student Chapter of the Month! We wish this very active chapter continued success!

Guest Lecturer Visits Marietta

On September 2, 2010 Mr. Turley, former Marathon VP of Engineering & Technology, came to Marietta to lecture for 2 hours on the Macondo well blowout that occurred in April, 2010. Topics included:  casing design, drilling mud systems, hydrostatic pressure and the effects of a gas kick.  There were 51 attendees – 44 members, 2 guests, and 5 faculty members.

Rajiv Gandhi College Student Chapter Inauguration

The Society of Petroleum Engineers- Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering students’ chapter inaugurated the chapter office for the current academic year (2010-2011) in the gracious presence of industrial experts from ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) and esteemed academicians of the institution.  Our students were fortunate in having guest lecturers from  Shri S.V. Rengachari ( Basin Manager, ONGC) & Col Jitendra Prasad (Head, Regional Lab, ONGC). Mr.Emmanuel Singh (Secretary, SPE Chennai Section) addressed the freshmen on SPE section & chapter operations thereby encouraging their involvement in the society. The inauguration programme was followed by technical presentations by students of the department and technicultural skit by the students in the penultimate year. Being one of its kinds in chapter’s path, the events were considered a success.

150 members attended this along with fifteen guests and fifteen faculty members.