2006 Issue

Volume 2, Number 1


An Open Letter from 2006 SPE President Eve Sprunt

President Eve Sprunt writes about stretching the technical boundaries and the future of SPE.

What’s Ahead

Editor Thomas Bruni reviews this issue’s range of opinions on the value of multiple career disciplines.

The Way Ahead Interview

A conversation with Guilherme de Oliveira Estrella, Managing Director for E&P, Petrobras.

HR Advice

A discussion with Francesco Cuomo, Managerial Planning–Development Dept. Manager with Eni’s E&P Div.


Young professionals talk about their loyalty to the E&P industry, their motivation, and the importance of cross-disciplinary moves.

YEPP PerSPEctive

Carole Nakhle argues that the oil sector could attract new talent by improving its image among students and ensuring that women are equally drawn to the industry.

John MacArthur shares his thoughts on leadership.

Pillars of the Industry

Gerrit Nitters of Shell looks back on a rewarding career that involved multiple jobs both in the field and in the lab.

Senior reservoir engineer Luis Carlos Colmenares advocates changing disciplines early in your career.

Soft Skills

Bill Robb of Profit Improvers takes a contrary position on the importance of meetings and other facets of daily work life.

Local and International Activities Update

Events and activities of new and established young E&P professionals programs around the globe, including the U.S., Oman, Canada, South Australia, and other regions.

Student Link

Activities that promote the interaction between students and young professionals from various
regions around the globe including the Middle East, U.S., and Australia.