ATCE: 2016 SPE International Student Paper Contest Winners Announced

The 2016 SPE International Student Paper Contest was held at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Dubai and the following papers are announced winners. These papers will be published in the ATCE conference proceedings and on OnePetro, a multisociety technical library for the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Winners of the 14 SPE Regional Student Paper Contests from each division competed for the international recognition.

Undergraduate Division

First Place

"Wellbore Stability Analysis Based on Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis" by Fernando Antonio Plazas Niño, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Second Place

"Pattern Realignment Optimizes Waterflood in Thin Bed Sandstone" by Melissa LeRoy, Texas A&M University

Third Place

"Reducing Freshwater Consumption in the Marcellus Shale Play by Recycling Flowback With Acid Mine Drainage" by Michael Cavazza, The Pennsylvania State University


Master’s Division

First Place

"Wave Propagation Models Capture Pressure Behaviour in Heterogeneous Unconventional Reservoirs" by Hanyu Li, Texas A&M University

Second Place

“Reduction of Residual Oil in Bentheimer Sandstone Cores Using Viscoelastic HPAM Polymers” by Pengpeng Qi, University of Texas at Austin

Third Place

"The Multiscale Restriction Smoothed Basis Method for Fractured Porous Media (F-MsRSB)" by Swej Yogesh Shah, Delft University of Technology


PhD Division

First Place

"Reduced-Order Models for Subsurface Flow With Application To Production Optimization" by Sumeet Trehan, Stanford University

Joint Second Place

"Hierarchical Geological Realism for Reliable Reservoir Predictions" by Alexandra Kuznetsova, Heriot-Watt University

Joint Second Place

"Discrete Fracture Modeling of Complex Hydraulic Fracture Geometries in Reservoir Simulators" by Yifei Xu, The University of Texas at Austin

Third Place

"Adaptive Grid Refinement Improves Gas Injection Modeling" by Karin Gonzalez, Texas A&M University