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2011 winning sections

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The purpose of the SPE President’s Award For Section Excellence is to recognize SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, and cooperation with other SPE sections distinguish them. Because the award recognizes exceptional merit in a number of areas, it is not required that an award be given every year; up to six awards may be given annually. Learn more.

2011 winning sections

2011 Winning Sections



Gulf Coast

LA Basin


Saudi Arabia


2011 Most Improved Sections

Calgary and Port Harcourt (tie)

2011 Most Innovative New Program

Ghana and London (tie)

Previous Years

SPE UPES Student Chapter Holds a Guest Lecture

SPE UPES  Student Chapter hosted a guest lecture given by Mr. Santanu Hati, Chief Engineer (Production) at ONGC Ltd, Mumbai. At the event, there were approximately 230 attendees present. The event started with the faculty interaction in which a discussion was held with the faculties of the petroleum department. This was followed by a student interaction session in which Mr. Santanu Hati addressed the students on ‘How to Write a Technical Article’. In his talk, he quoted the importance of writing technical papers and shared his experience on the benefits of writing. He also mentioned emphasized the opportunities SPE provides globally in presenting technical papers. Later, Mr. Hati visited the various facilities at the university campus.


SPE ISM Dhanbad Chapter Inaugurates Program

SPE Indian School of Mines Dhanbad Chapter hosted an inaugural event for the Cairn – Industry Interaction Programme (C-IIIP). More than 150 students and many professors attended the event.

The event started with a lamp lighting ceremony to inaugurate C-IIIP followed by speeches from the director, Prof. T. Kumar, and SPE ISM faculty sponsor Prof. Ajay Mandal. The event featured two guest lectures from Vipin Kumar, Principal Petroleum Engineer, Cairn India and Parvez Khan, Sand Control Specialist, Baker Hughes.

The topic of the lectures was sand control measures in Mangala Field, Rajasthan. A question-and-answer session followed the lectures and enthusiastic students and professors asked numerous questions.

The event concluded with Prof. S. K. Patra and Ankit Agarwal,Vice-President of the ISM SPE student chapter,  thanking both the guest lecturers on behalf of the ISM.


SPE CUPB Student Chapter Hosts Guest Lecturer

The China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) SPE student chapter invited Probjot Singh from ConocoPhillips, an expert in paraffin precipitation and flow assurance, to give the lecture and answer questions. During the lecture, Singh outlined the dangers of paraffin deposition through an analysis of the production practice in both the Staffa Field and the Badami Field. This was followed by a thorough demonstration of the methods to prevent and eliminate the paraffin deposition in the field. 

After the meeting, Singh, accompanied by university faculty and the president of SPE CUPB Student Chapter, toured the campus and the Storage and Transportation laboratory.


SPE NED Student Chapter Learns First Aid

SPE NED student chapter, in collaboration with Pakistan Institute of Quality Control, arranged training on First Aid for its final-year engineering students at the petroleum engineering department. Dr. Yousuf Sanjrani, head of the human resource development at National Refinery Pakistan explained to the students the necessary steps to be taken in regards to first aid for different injuries. He also elaborated on how to check vitals and the do’s and don’ts of first aid. The event was attend by about 40 students.
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Marietta SPE Student Chapter Holds a Charity Event

The Marietta SPE Student Chapter organized and participated in a community service event in late August. Eighteen members, four faulty, and over 200 guests attended. The SPE students dedicated over 50 hours of community service by staffing the Annual EVE Auction in Marietta, Ohio. Students arrived early to set up auction tables and help facilitate the event. The purpose for the event was to raise money for battered spouses in order to help them get back on their feet.

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The photo features Marsha Hupp, Marietta College SPE Vice President, showing an auction item during the silent auction.


SPE Student Chapter University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Launches Mentoring Program

UPES SPE Student Chapter has launched the Anubhav Mentoring Program (AMP). The program is aimed at providing a portal for interactions between the young students and their senior classmates. Mr. Aditya Barsainya, Founder President of the chapter, launched the Program. He shared his views about the need of a mentorship program at the University level and benefits students can avail by being in touch with their seniors. Mr. Barsainya, who is currently working with Schlumberger Asia Services, also shared his experience during his university years and the current E&P scenario. Also, the Founders Corner in the Chapter website was launched. More than 100 students registered for the Anubhav Mentorship Program on the same day.
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SPE Student Chapter Indian School of Mines Holds Two Guest Lectures

SPE Student Chapter Indian School of Mines recently held two guest lectures.

A lecture on 12 August 2010 was lead by Mr. Vikas Kumar, a Testing Reservoir Engineer at Schlumberger. He is an esteemed alumnus of ISM Dhanbad working for one of the top-notch service providers. The topic for the guest lecture was “Practical Aspects of Wire line Formation Testing and Well Testing”. His presentation proved to be highly beneficial for the students of petroleum engineering as it gave them an insight into the workings of various tools possessed by Schlumberger. He also showed some animated videos, which helped the students to better understand the uses of the tools.

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Mr. Kumar introduced the software Saphir, which is used to graphically map the well tests. The plots of Pressure vs. Time and GOR vs. Time could be generated, which would help in monitoring the well tests over a period of 48 hours. He also gave some students a chance to run the software on their own so that they could get familiarized with how to use it.

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Because the lecture was highly technical and required an in-depth understanding, Mr. Vikas Kumar made sure that students could grasp the basic concepts and match his pace. The entire guest lecture was a huge success, with students and professors attending it in large numbers.

Another guest lecture was held on 10 August 2010 under the joint collaboration of SPE Student Chapter and Petro-tech Society. The guest lecture was given by an esteemed professor of Texas A&M University, Dr. Prabir Daripa. Professor Daripa is a mechanical engineer from IIT KGP and is currently a professor in the mathematics department of the university. The topic for the guest lecture was “The effect of chemicals on porous medium during EOR”. He has been researching this topic for quite some time and has tried to revolutionize the EOR technique by the use of smart surfactants, which he proposes will increase the productivity and also reduce the WOR. He talked about fingering techniques and the prevention of breakthrough of water using surfactants. He substantiated his research by the adequate use of mathematical equations and the effect on productivity of oil and gas.

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The guest lecture was very interactive with professors and students asking a lot of technical and non-technical questions. The new invention hasn’t yet been put to practical use but Prof. Daripa is hoping he’d find a company to implement it. The research was one of its kind and Dr. Mandal and Dr. Ojha, both associate professors at ISM are currently trying to improve it. Professor Daripa, though not from a petroleum background, had vast knowledge in the field of E&P business.

The guest lecture began with an introductory speech by Prof. T. Kumar, Director, ISM which was followed by an introduction to the professor’s background by Prof. Laik. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. A.K. Pathak, HOD, Dept. of Petroleum Enginerring. This lecture was also a success, with more than 200 students with petroleum and mathematics background attending it.