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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
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.


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


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.

Kazakh National Technical University Student Chapter to host Youth Forum

Event: 5th International Oil & Gas Youth Forum
Date: April 19-20, 2008
Location: Kazakh National Technical University
22 Satpayev Str., Almaty, Kazakhstan

Contact:  forum2008kntu@gmail.com

This Forum is sponsored by the SPE Student Chapter at Kazakh National Technical University.  It will include Presentations by E&P company representatives; Students’ scientific and practical conference, with papers presented in English, Kazak, Russian languages; IQ Game; Round table;  Debate Tournament between International and Kazakhstani students; Lectures & Training for students; and a “Petroleum party” for Forum participants.

SPE announces Students Technical Conference/Exhibition, Call for Papers

Event: The Sixth Society of Petroleum Engineers Students Technical Conference and Exhibition
Date: 5-7 June 2008
Location: Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria
Theme: The Academia and Challenges of Sustaining Human Capital Requirement of the Oil and Gas Sector.

Panel Discussion: 

  1. Place of Crisis Management in Ensuring Optimal Oil and Gas Industry Activities
  2. Personal Development Plan – Career in E & P

Deadline for Paper Submission: 30 April 2008

Contacts: Dr Gordian Obi- gordianobi@yahoo.com; Dr K. Idehen- kiidehen@yahoo.com; Dr Irwin Akpoborie- tonyakpoborie@justice.com or tony.akpoborie@gmail.com.

SPE UNIBADAN is the February Chapter of the Month

feb.JPGThe University of Ibadan Student Chapter (SPE UNIBADAN) has been chosen as the February Chapter of the Month. The chapter also has recently organized a Catch Them Young Program by visiting the Christ Ambassador International College, ibadan Oyo state, Nigeria on 13 December. The program is channeled to discover the eager young minds of tomorrow’s petroleum engineers in colleges and high schools in Nigeria. Continue reading