SPE Announces 2015 Smith Fellowship, Archie Scholarship, and Imomoh Scholarship Winners

SPE's 2015 round of winners has been announced for the Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship, the SPE Foundation Gus Archie Scholarship, and the Imomoh Scholarship.

The Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship winner is Aygyul Telyasheva. Telyasheva is a PhD candidate concentrating on process chemistry of fuels and high energy substances. She is also the president of the SPE student chapter of the Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (USPTU) in Russia. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemical technology of natural energy carriers and hydrocarbon materials at the USPTU and graduated summa cum laude from this program. 

The Archie recipient is Miguel Mendoza. Mendoza is a resident of Houston, Texas, where he was born. The son of Miguel Mendoza and Nora Sosa, he attended Galena Park High School and graduated as valedictorian. He currently attends the University of Texas at Austin, where he is working toward a degree in petroleum engineering. CollegeBoard named him a National Hispanic Scholar for his academic achievements. 


This year's recipients of the Imomoh Scholarship are Emmanuel Ikehi, Richard Boakye Yiadom, David Semwogerere, and Lotanna Ohazuruike:

Emmanuel Ikehi holds a BEng in petroleum and natural gas engineering (first class honours, 2015) from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Nigeria. His research thesis entitled Application of Intelligent Well Completions in Optimizing Production from Oil Rim Reservoirs focused on the modeling of inflow control device (ICD) performance in oil rims.

Richard Boakye Yiadom, EIT from Ghana, West Africa, is currently a MS in petroleum engineering candidate at the University of Utah. He received his BS in mining engineering from the University of Utah and was a recipient of the prestigious McIntosh Engineering Scholarship by the SME Foundation. Before joining the program, he worked as a mine engineer for Peabody Energy at their Twentymile Mine in Colorado and Rawhide Mine in Wyoming.

David Semwogerere holds a BSc in electrical engineering (honors, 2012) from Makerere University in Uganda and joined China National Offshore Oil Company in 2014 as a well completion engineer in the Kingfisher Albertine exploration region on Lake Albert. Semwogerere intends to continue pursuing a petroleum-engineering career after completing his master’s degree in petroleum geoscience and production.

Lotanna Ohazuruike is a part-time research assistant at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology while studying towards a masters in petroleum engineering and project development at the prestigious Institute of Petroleum Studies, which is jointly run by the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and IFP School, France. He hopes to be a professor of reservoir engineering. 

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