2013 SPE Nico van Wingen Fellowship Winners are Named

Orhun Aydin and Mojtaba Shahri are the 2013 Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering recipients.

Shahri is a doctoral student at the University of Tulsa, who received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering in 2008 and 2010. He has more than 20 publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering, and he has served as a technical reviewer in petroleum engineering-related journals. He is currently conducting research on coupled fluid flow-geomechanical modeling of reservoirs for the prediction of reservoir stress paths at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects cooperative.

Aydin is a doctoral student in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. He received an MS degree from Stanford’s Energy Resources Engineering Department last year and a BS degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. Aydin was awarded the SPE Star scholarship during his last year at METU. Currently, he is a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting, working on research related to the complexity requirements for earth and reservoir models. He is also the treasurer of the SPE Student Chapter at Stanford.

The Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship is supported by the SPE Foundation’s Nico van Wingen fund. All award recipients are nominated by their SPE student chapter faculty advisor or department chair. Up to two awards are given in the amount of USD 5,000 each per year.

Van Wingen was a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and earned an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of California and a doctor of science degree from Adamson University in Manila. He worked as an evaluation engineer, a consultant, and then a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California, and he played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the United States, Austria, Canada, West Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Venezuela.

New Water Management Conference Begins in Kuwait

The inaugural SPE Oilfield Water Management Conference and Exhibition will be held 14 to 16 May at the Hilton Kuwait Resort in Kuwait City.

The event will address key aspects of the critical and costly process of produced water management. Produced water is the largest byproduct by volume of oil production and is considered a major waste stream. The source is primarily from formation water produced to surface or recycled injection water.

For more information, visit www.spe.org/events/wmce/2013/.