In November, Bahareh Nojabaei, PhD student at Pennsylvania State University; Mehmet Torcuk, PhD student, Colorado School of Mines; and Vahid Dokhani, PhD student and teaching/research assistant at the University of Tulsa, were each honored with Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate fellowships. Winners each receive up to USD 5,000 per year toward tuition. To be eligible for the award, a member must be part of an official SPE student chapter, be pursuing education at a PhD level, and plan on pursuing a career in academia.
Nico van Wingen worked as an evaluation engineer, consultant, and then as a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California. He played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the US, Austria, Canada, Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Venezuela. He was active on many SPE committees and was a recipient of the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal and was a Distinguished Member.