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Congratulations to Bahareh Nojabaei, Mehmet Torcuk, and Vahid Dokhani—Recipients of the 2014 Nico van Wingen Fellowship!

Bahareh Nojabaei is a PhD student at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 2006 and 2009, with concentrated studies in mechanical engineering and energy conversion. She interned as a reservoir engineer with InPetro Technologies Inc. in 2014 and worked as a petroleum engineer, performing diagnostic fracture injection testing analysis for Hess Corporation in 2011.

Nojabaei co-authored a paper,  “Modeling Wellbore Transient Fluid-Temperature and Pressure During Diagnostic Fracture Injection Testing in Unconventional Reservoirs” that was published in 2014 in the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. In 2013, her paper, “Effect of Capillary Pressure on Phase Behavior in Tight Rocks and Shales” became one of the top downloads of SPE’s OnePetro website.

Looking ahead, Nojabaei wants to concentrate her career in comprehensive, long-term university research in reservoir engineering.

Mehmet Torcuk is a PhD student at the Colorado School of Mines, where he received his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2010 from Istanbul Technical University. Torcuk has received several awards throughout his academic career, including the Graduate Research Scholarship from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, an award that is only given to the top 100 brightest students in technical disciplines in Turkey. He has also authored papers for SPE on the topics of pressure and rate transient analysis, reservoir simulation, and physics of fluid flow in shale reservoirs, and had his research work published in the SPE Journal of October 2013.

Torcuk will be focusing on the numerical modeling of unconventional reservoirs with improved physics, which includes compositional modeling as well as coupled geomechanics and fluid flow.

Vahid Dokhani is a PhD student and teacher/research assistant at the University of Tulsa, where he also received his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2005. Dokhani received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology in 2012. After graduating with his master’s degree, he worked as a production engineer for his sponsors, NIOC, to gain practical experience. Dokhani led a group of five engineers on projects and also served as a technical editor on the editorial board of Exploration and Production Journal of NIOC, a position where he received an award for authoring several review articles for the magazine.

Since starting his graduate studies, Dokhani has published two conference papers, one for ATCE 2013 and the other for the ARMA 2013 symposium.

Congratulations to these three outstanding students. We wish them all the best.

2014 SPE President Jeff Spath Visits the Center of Oil and Gas Industry in West Siberia

Tyumen, RUSSIA – 2014 SPE President and Schlumberger Vice President of Industry Affairs, Jeff Spath arrived in Tyumen on 14 September 2014 as part of his weeklong tour of Russia, spanning Moscow, Sakhalin, and Samara. Spath was accompanied by SPE VP of Sales and Marketing, Roberto Chiarotti; SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Director, AndreyGladkov; and SPE Moscow Office Director, Claudia Rodionova. Continue reading

SPE Unveils Regional Award Winners for 2014

Middle East and South Asia

Middle East

Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award
Abdulrahman S. Ahmari, Saudi Aramco

Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty
Sidqi Ahmad Abu-Khamsin, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Regional Drilling Engineering Award
Abdullah Saleh Al-Yami, Saudi Aramco

Regional Formation Evaluation Award
Alberto F. Marsala, Saudi Aramco

Regional Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award
Mohamed Ahmed Saif Abdulla Al Maflahi, Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co.

Regional Production and Operations Award
Chawki Ali Dabbouk, M.Sc., ZADCO

Regional Projects, Facilities and Construction Award
Abdulrahman S. Al Jarri, Saudi Aramco

Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award
Dachang Li, ZADCO

Regional Service Award
Junaid Mohiddin Ghulam, Petroleum Development Oman
Maria Angela Capello, MSc, Kuwait Oil Company
Md Amanullah, Saudi Aramco
Noha N. Najem, Kuwait Oil Company
Mahmoud M. Hassan, ZADCO

Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award
Adnan Mohamed Al-Menhali, MSc, CEng, ADCO
Adeeb M. AlRubaian, Saudi Aramco

Regional Distinguished Corporate Service Award
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)

Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty 
Pradeep Joshi, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies 

Regional Production and Operations Award 
Prajakta Ratnakar Patil, Halliburton 

Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award 
Rajesh Kumar, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. 


Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Klemens Katterbauer.   Klemens is a research assistant and PhD candidate in Petroleum Engineering (within Earth Science & Engineering program) at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (founded by Saudi Aramco) focusing on Multi-Data reservoir history matching utilizing ensemble Kalman-based techniques. His work has been presented at several conferences amongst others at the IPTC 2014 and the OTC Asia 2014 and in an invited talk at the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M. Klemens has come 2nd place in the IPTC YP Poster competition in 2014, 2nd place in the graduate division at the Middle East & South Asia Student Paper Contest 2013 and 2014. As the president of the SPE KAUST Student Chapter he has led chapter to qualify for the PetroBowl 2013 and 2014, as well as  led the SPE KAUST Student Chapter to become an outstanding student chapter of the year 2014, the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia.

Distinguished Lecturer Evaluation Contest Winners Announced for 2013-2014

Thank you to all section members for attending Distinguished Lecturer meetings and submitting evaluations during the 2013–2014 DL season.

The winners of the 2013–2014 DL Evaluation Contest are:

  • Less than 150 members: Portugal
  • Between 151-500 members: Warri Nigeria
  • More than 500 members: Kuala Lumpur and Mexico

A new DL season (2014–2015) begins in September. The evaluation process has been simplified, and you will now be able to complete and submit DL’s evaluations online or utilize the QR code on an evaluation. No paper evaluations will be accepted. 

To ensure that your section is entered into and wins the 2014–2015 Evaluation Contest, please:

  • Attend all section meetings featuring Distinguished Lecturers.
  • Listen, engage and evaluate the DL’s presentation.
  • Fill out and submit online the Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form for every DL visit.

Winning sections will receive:

  • USD 1500 per winning section to the section account
  • Acknowledgment on SPE.org

Learn more about the contest »

Fill out and submit a Section Attendees’ Tour Evaluation form »