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.
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.
The 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.
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 13 contestants in the SPE Eastern/Mid-Continent/Rocky Mountain Regional Student Paper Contest, held 16 October at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, took time out to visit the monument to four former US Presidents at Mt. Rushmore. 12 of the 13 are pictured (l to r) back row: Taylour Burton, Basar Basbug, Sarah Kassis, Tomas Mora, Pablo Limpias; front Row: Karhik Gopalan, D.J. Snyder, Michael Presho, Denis Pone, Bryan Orr, Saken Konyrbayev, Peter Liang. View the winners’ names from all regions.
SPE Eastern/Mid-Continent/Rocky Mountain Regional Student Paper Contest participants at Mt. Rushmore.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was named the 2008 SPE Outstanding Student Chapter (OSC) at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver. Following is a brief interview with Chapter president Andrew Patin, who shares his views on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year.
What would you consider as your chapter’s biggest strength or biggest accomplishment this year?
We are a very diverse chapter; 160 students from 25 different countries. We develop strong relationships with one another and are able to help each other on and off campus.
Besides this award, we were named Outstanding Engineering Department (among other engineering departments in the university) 2 years in a row. The award consisted of different engineering competitions and disciplines (papers, projects, design competitions and quiz bowls related to the engineering field).
What would you consider is the biggest challenge your student chapter faced during the year. How
did you overcome it?
2007-2008-Having the finances to send 44 students to ATCE 2000 Anaheim, CA. It created financial bind to hold more fundraisers to make up for other activities. Result was not much member participation in following year.
Past year-More successful in funding for trip for ATCE Denver. We are improving our fundraising efforts.
What student chapter activity did your chapter enjoy most? Which was the least?
We enjoy all, but most is Engineering Week at University of Louisiana. Everyone gets involved on engineering projects and competitions. The bonding makes us a better department.
We make light of every situation, every task and try to make it fun and beneficial for everyone.
What would you consider your best resource(s) for student chapter operations?
Learning from past presidents: what good came out of it and how to improve for next year.
Also, the industry helps. We can call up companies we’ve worked with before for questions and assistance. They help sponsor our activities. Some have even approached our school.
Our family, friends, and relatives help too.
What can SPE do to better assist with student chapter operations and relationships?
Funding assistance to ATCE. We usually have a good relationship with our section (SPE Evangeline section). We attend their meetings and activities since they are located next or near our university.
Any big plans in store for next year you would like to share?
Keep up with what we’ve been doing. Build a name for ourselves at university level, nationally, and internationally. Be recognized.
What advice / message would you like to convey to other student chapters on how they may
become next year’s OSC?
Get more freshman (first year university students) participation. We’ve learned from Chapter Officers Workshops at ATCE 2008 freshman participation can be problematic. Overcoming this problem has created more freshman participation this year than I’ve seen.
Set standards as a club organization at a university-level – show how you are helping out the community as well as developing professionalism.
Bring in an industry professional who is a recent graduate to talk to your students. It will give them more insight to the industry upon graduation.
Special thanks to:
- Our faculty advisor, Dr. Ghalambor
- Past chapter president, Eric Lege
- All current and past chapter officers
- SPE staff
- SPE Evangeline section
Members of the SPE Student Chapter at the Regional Maritime Academy in Accra, Ghana attend the first-ever Energy Education Conference, 4 October, in Accra. The theme of the conference was the role of energy education, its significance in nation-building — technology today and the future. Speakers at the conference discussed alternative energy sources and the need for individual responsibility. Chapter president Isaac Aduhene Opoku aslo emphasized the chapter’s outreach program of energy education to school-age and university students. Panelists discuss energy education at the recent conference in Accra, Ghana.
Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering hosted a Know More programme to educate members on how to use the resources from SPE in a better way. The hope is to help members get the maximum out of the benefits that comes along with membership at SPE. Veera Ragava Keshavan, President of the Chapter, gave a presentation titled KNOW MORE, followed by comments from the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a junior representative. Continue reading