Local news from the Society of Petroleum Engineers

AGH U of Science and Technology to Sponsor Conference

27-29 May 2009 are the dates for a technical conference sponsored by the AGH University of Science and Technology. The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of ideas, methods and results in petroleum geology, drilling, geo-engineering, reservoir engineering and gas engineering.

Penn State SPE participates in National Engineering Week

penn1Penn State SPE participated, along with Pittsburgh SPE, in National Engineering Week at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, 20-21 February. National Engineering Week includes a large recruiting/career day that takes place every year and is open to people of all ages. Both groups worked with elementary-aged kids up to adults. The young students were able to work with sand art and create their own oil reservoir. Continue reading

Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering hosts a video show

video1Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering hosted a video show, “A Day in Exxon Rig, Gulf of Mexico” on 3 March for 31 attendees. The programme was held at the Conference Hall with the aim to help the students get familiarized with offshore rigs and its operations.

Kyoto University SPE Student Chapter hosts seminar

kusc-100x52Kyoto University SPE Student Chapter – KUSC hosted a workshop at the Katsura Campus for around 46 attendees on 7 January. This seminar was a kind of “recruitment workshop,” based on presentations given by the companies which introduced their activities to the students, bringing also some technical information about drilling, equipments, business and oil exploration related activities. Continue reading

Middle East Sub Regional Student Paper Contest Winners Announced

Gulf Region

  • First Place, master’s: Ibrahim Alwaili, Sultan Qaboos University
  • Second Place, master’s: Ahsen Rasheed Ghani, Heriot Watt University
  • First Place, undergraduate: Ahmad Salah El Din Ibrahim, The Petroleum Institute – Abu Dhabi
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Mehrnoosh Saneifar, Texas A&M University at Qatar


  • First Place, master’s: Joal John, MIT-Pune
  • First Place, undergraduate: Krupa Kannan, MIT-Pune
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Mohit Kaul, MIT-Pune


  • First Place, master’s: Islam Elsayed Selim, Cairo University
  • Second Place, master’s: Ahmed Reda, Cairo University
  • First Place, undergraduate: Ramy Magdy, Cairo University
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Ahmed Hegazy, Cairo University


  • First Place, doctorate: Samaneh Soroush, Tarbiat Modares University
  • Second Place, doctorate: Kourosh Khadivi, Sharif University Of Technology
  • First Place, master’s: Arash Haghighi, Tehran University
  • Second Place, master’s: Sadjad Hagparast, Petroleum University of Technology
  • First Place, undergraduate: Seyed Hamed Mirhaj, Petroleum University of Technology
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Ehsan Heidaryan, Azad University Masjidsolyma


  • First Place, master’s: Haiat Al Haj, Al Fateh University
  • First Place, undergraduate: Nadeer Bin Said, Al Fateh University
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Abdul Nasser Wanis, Al Fateh University


  • First Place, undergraduate: Amir Nadeem, Ned University
  • Second Place, undergraduate: Syed Amir Mahmud, Ned University

Universidad Nacional del Comahue hosts conference

visit-100x781The Universidad Nacional del Comahue (UNC) hosted the 4th Annual SPE Argentine Student Chapters conference in Neuquen.  Representatives from all the student chapters in Argentina were in attendance, with some travelling very long distances. Melissa Schultea, SPE Young Member Programs Manager (London office) visited the chapter and attended this event as well. Continue reading

Suez Canal University Student Chapter hosts field trip

suez-100x752Suez Canal University Student Chapter organized a field trip to Suez Oil Production and Refining Company on 27 November. The field trip began with a meeting with the vice manager of the company where he explained the different component and units of the company. He explained the path of crude oil during refining and production process starting with desalters to reduce the salinity of the input crude oil, then oil enters the distillation tower in which separation of different component of oil occurs. Continue reading