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Petroleum Engineering Summer School (PESS) Holds Summer Session

PESS participants in June 2009

PESS recently wrapped up two 5-day seminar sessions held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. PESS is as an academic program for advanced studies of the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik. The international seminars are organized by the Executive Director of PESS, a professor of the Petroleum Engineering Department, School of Mining, Geology & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Zagreb, and co-directors who are distinguished professors from the universities all over the world. The mission of PESS is the exchange of knowledge at academic and industry level. Continue reading

Rajiv Gandhi Chapter Named Outstanding for July

gandhi_chapterSPE Student Members of the Rajiv Gandhi School of Engineering in Chennai, India hit the ground running, so to speak, in their first year as an SPE Student Chapter. In one month the chapter hosted a field trip for juniors and sophomores to help them understand the practical perspective of their studies; conducted a number of video presentations to help make learning more enjoyable and illustrative; launched the “SPE School,” an initiative to enhance the communication and leadership skills of students, and which will also act as an internal knowledge sharing forum; and launched a job seeker’s forum aimed at providing assistance to final year members to fine tune their job searching skills. Continue reading

Canadian Section YPs to Hear Program on BioSand Water Filtration

Young Professional members of the Canadian Section will hear a talk 25 June by Dr. David H. Manz, inventor and developer of the BioSand Water Filtration (BSF) system, which is proven to reduce gastrointestinal disease by greater than 60 percent. There are more than 300,000 BSF’s in use in more than 100 countries. Where use of traditional slow sand filtration is limited to treating high quality water supplies for medium to large communities the BSF technology is affordable and appropriate for use in the homes of the poorest families in developing countries to treat almost any water supply they have available.

Calgary Zoo is Venue for Section Appreciation Night

The Canadian Section picked the Calgary Zoo as the site for their annual Volunteer Appreciation Night on 4 June 2009. After dinner, awards were presented recognizing service to the section during the past year. Following the presentation of gifts, section members and their families had an opportunity to tour the zoo.

NED Student Chapter Hosts a Day Course

ned_chapterRecently, SPE NED University student chapter organized a certified course on the topic “Basics of Directional Drilling.”  The 7-hour course was held at an NED auditorium, with 225 in attendance. Mr. Shoaib Farooqui, Base Manager Karachi at Weatherford Oil Tool M.E Limited, instructed the course. Continue reading

Recent USC Student Chapter Activities

usc_picture1Recently, representatives from the The University of Southern California’s SPE Student Chapter gave presentations, participated in technical sessions, received awards, and helped to present the USC Petroleum Engineering Program on the exhibition floor at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading