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STAR Program selections for 2008 announced

All selections have been made for the STAR Program for 2008, and arrangements are in progress.

The STAR Program sponsors students to attend ATCE at no cost. This is not a program that can be applied for. The SPE International Board of Directors identifies specific universities, and one student from each of those universities is chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Student chapter officer
  • In his/her 3rd year of university
  • If more than one person fits the above criteria, the person with the highest grade point average is selected

Congratulations To The First Participants Selected for the STAR Program!

1. Andrzej Kwiecień, AGH University of Science and Technology
2. Mauro Duarte da Silva Carvalho, Augustino Neto University
3. Tetarani Fitriasih, Bandung Institute of Technology 
4. Orawan Kittiyaowamarn, Chulalongkorn University
5. Somtochukwu Sibeudu Okezie, Federal University of Technology (FUTO)
6. Natalia (Natasha) A. Vasilyeva, Gubkin University
7. Anuar Totikbay, Kazakh National Technical University 
8. Sultan M. Al-Sarhani, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
9. Jacob Buma, Perth Student Chapter
10. Rahma Ahmed Mirza Al Rahma, Petroleum Institute
11. Thelma N. Ochonogor, Robert Gordon University
12. Mohammad Hossain Nikpoor, Tehran Petroleum University of Technology
13. Aleksey A. Borisenko, Tyumen State Oil and Gas University
14. Fernando Perin Munerato, Universidade Estadual De Campinas
15. Gabriel Huong Nai Hui, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
16. Ahmed Ragab Mohamed, University of Cairo
17. Rui Wang, University of Petroleum China, Beijing
18. Emmanuel U. Ekweanua, University of Port Harcourt
19. Laura Marcela Pérez Arenas, University of Santander
20. Rochelle Steyn, University of Western Cape & University of Stellenbosch

King Saud Chapter has busy month

Members of the King Saud University SPE Student Chapter attended the First Saudi Innovation Exhibition focusing on innovations related to exploration and production. The student chapter members also organized a 6 day SPE recruiting campaign, which brought the chapter’s membership to more than 600. Trips during the month included a visit to the Disabled Children’s Association and a field trip to a natural gas distribution company.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 2008 Oil and Gas Symposium coming soon

Title: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Student Chapter 2008 Oil and Gas Symposium
Date: 14-15 October 2008
Venue: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim

For Sponsorship Opportunities and More Information:
Mr. Syamsul Affandi Hasan s_affandi@yahoo.com +6.016.2732707
Mr. Mohammad Solehin Mohammad Sabli solehinsabli@yahoo.com +6.012.5507302
Mr. Sukhdev Singh a/l Gilcharan Singh (Sponsorship) Sukhdev_87@hotmail.com +6.012.5398669

Secretariat
Oil and Gas Symposium 2008
Petroleum Engineering Department
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering
81310 Skudai
Johor Darul Ta’zim
Tel : +6.012.8762479

SPE Malaysia Student Chapter Conference 2008 to be in June

SPE-UTP-SC will be organizing the Society of Petroleum Engineers Malaysia Student Chapter Conference 2008 (SPEMSCC 08) with a theme of “Empowering Future Young Professionals.” The main objective is to provide an opportunity for the graduating students to engage in discussions about the future directions for young professionals in the oil and gas industry.

Event: Society of Petroleum Engineers Malaysia Student Chapter Conference 2008
Date: 9-12 June 2008
Location: Undercroft, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, MALAYSIA
Website: www.spemscc.com
Contact: mohdrafi.mra@gmail.com,  punchee.yap@gmail.com

SPE-King Saud University hosts membership campaign

ksu1During the week of March 10, SPE-KSU students organized SPE recruiting campaign at King Saud University. They invited students from different colleges and majors to attend. The presentations included an SPE overview with the benefits of SPE membership followed by instructions on how to apply and renew online, how to complete the membership application, and how to use e-library.

During 9-12 march, SPE-KSU committee organized a distinguished (full-time) SPE booth in the engineering college hall, at KSU, Riyadh, which resulted in 608+ SPE-KSU new members.

Recent visits in the Distinguished Lecturer Program

  • The Bahrain section hosted Ron Harrell, Distinguished Lecturer who spoke at the section meeting on 13 January 2008. Pictured, from left, are Hisham Zubari, Manager of Engineering for BAPCO; Ron Harrell; Dr Mirza, the Minister of Oil and Gas Affairs and Chairman of the National Oil and Gas Authority and Chairman of Tender Board for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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  • 2007-08 Distinguished Lecturer William Ott speaks to the Romanian Section officers at his March lecture.

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Section officers discuss operations, make recommendations

reg_off_con_feb08.jpegSection officers from across Europe met recently in Amsterdam to discuss section activities and recommendations to the SPE Board of Directors. Pictured (left to right): Constantin Popa, Romanian Section; Mike Gunningham, Netherlands Section; Klaus Potsch, South, Central and Eastern Europe Region Director; Matthew Kirkman, Azerbaijan Section; Vasile Badiu, Romanian Section ; John Donachie, North Sea Region Director; Andrey Gladkov, Moscow Section; Marin Cikes, Croatian Section ; Jan Drechsler, Stavanger Section; Sandra Cobianco, Italian Section ; Annette Poulsen, Aberdeen Section; Colin David, London Section

I-Tech Student Chapter starts off year with activities

itech_trip.jpgSPE Student Chapter Istanbul Technical University members enjoyed a presentation from Tarik Kandemir on 8 February 2008 during their Coffee Time. They also enjoyed a visit to Einstein Museum on 11 February 2008. The chapter has planned four technical trips for this fall term. For more information, visit their redesigned website at www.speitech.org.