Local news from the Society of Petroleum Engineers

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

University of Oklahoma Chapter hosts SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Some 50+ members of the University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter recently hosted 2003-2004 SPE Distinguished Lecturer Neal Nagel, who, “gave an exciting and informative presentation including aspects of rock mechanics, stresses around the wellbore, and well planning. Dr. Nagel showed simulations of rock stress and failure using a geomechanics simulation called FLAC3D. The main thing OU SPE was able to take away from this presentation was a greater appreciation and understanding of a problem that could potentially cost a company a lot of money,” according to Chapter Secretary Kyle Ray. Also on the agenda of the November meeting was discussion of the chapter’s outreach programs: Adopt-a-Child and the Sooner Elementary Engineering and Science Clubs.

Universidad de Cuyo Chapter has active year

Members of the Universidad de Cuyo SPE Student Chapter have had an active year, according to their website. Since April, members have attended two technical meetings, hosted a barbeque, and participated in a program to promote petroleum engineering as a curriculum choice for entering freshmen.

University of Ibadan takes group tour

ibadan-100x353The SPE Student Chapter at University of Ibadan participated in a tour of the oil states in Nigeria. The 15 members first visited the flowstation and well heads at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and then attended a series of presentations and a tour of the workshop at Baker Hughes.

November Chapter of the Month: Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical Univeristy (I-Tech) Student Chapter has been named the November Chapter of the Month. Thirty chapter members took the first ever tour of an offshore facility earlier this year, thanks to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation TPAO. Students were escourted on the tour by TPAO officials who explained the operations and safety features.

The chapter has been working to increase membership, and usually plans three field trips each year. Featured below, Chapter members ready to depart on a tour of a TPAO offshore facility.i-tech_chapter1

Petroleum Training Institute hosts 198 at 'Freshers' event

Freshman orientation at the Petroleum Training Institute in Warri, Nigeria is called the “Freshers Orientation,” and this year’s event attracted two shy of 200. Chapter members explained the benefits of SPE membership and proudly displayed their chapter banner.