2013 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award Winners

Jenny Cronlund Reservoir Engineer, BP

What does volunteering with SPE mean to you?

As an SPE volunteer, I am granted access to a prestigious group of industry leaders. I am able to both network and work with them and with my colleagues worldwide to create a place where knowledge-sharing and networking can thrive. SPE is truly a great organization, but it’s only as great as the volunteers who fuel it. I’m happy to do my part.

What are YPs’ greatest challenges?

While we are driven to “git ’er dun,” we must also strive to slow down, do our homework, and learn from experienced leaders in the industry while their expertise is still available, instead of barreling through tasks.

Whom would you like to thank?

I would like to thank the Society for its recognition of my contributions, and my nominators and the election committee for choosing me out of the ranks of very qualified candidates. Even more, I’d like to thank my husband. We have sacrificed many hours apart while I have volunteered and contributed my time to the Society. I appreciate his support in taking care of our two boys while I am working in this industry and with SPE.

 

Madhavi Jadhav Reservoir Engineer, Schlumberger

What does volunteering with SPE mean to you?

Volunteering with SPE brings out the best in you. It helps me to connect with my colleagues and seniors around the world; at the same time it gives me a chance to mentor upcoming engineers in this field. It delivers many messages about you, the ability to achieve, good leadership skills, multitasking capabilities, wide vision, and team work.

What are YPs’ greatest challenges?

The most challenging part is to convince your managers you have the capability to handle things on your own. Having said this, YPs should be ready to catch up with challenges the industry throws at us. Oil industry professionals are citizens of the world and this requires them to be open to change and have extraordinary adaptability and respect for other cultures.  

Whom would you like to thank?

I take this opportunity to thank my parents who have always supported me through thick and thin. I would also like to thank my nominees and recommenders for recognizing me for this award, including the SPE Mumbai Section and the Board members for giving me the opportunity to serve as a YP liaison for almost 3 years. Finally, I am thankful to my university, where the initial seeds of volunteering with SPE were sown.

 

Brian Chacka Production Engineer, Denbury Resources

What does volunteering with SPE mean to you?

Volunteerism is a highly rewarding opportunity to improve the lives of others by dedicating a small amount of time and resources. Teaching and mentoring are two of the most empowering, enlightening ways to utilize my available time. They allow me to share knowledge and experience to assist in others’ growth while also educating and challenging me to improve myself. Helping others to advance and achieve their goals is a very fulfilling cause to me.

What are YPs’ greatest challenges?

At the risk of sounding clichéd, I tend not to look at things as challenges, but as opportunities. There may be difficulties or distractions along the way, but I think most successful young professionals realize we have tremendous opportunities in front of us with the current status of our industry and society.

Whom would you like to thank?

I would especially like to thank my mother Cheryl, and my father Lyle. I would also like to thank Greg Dover, who gave me the opportunity to start my career at Denbury Resources; Danny Bell, who helped provide opportunities and strongly encouraged me to get involved with SPE; Pat Handren, who has been a great teacher and mentor; and David Hamilton and the SPE Dallas Section who nominated me and supported me for this prestigious award.

 

Nael Sadek Automation Support Manager, Lufkin

What does volunteering with SPE mean to you?

It means giving to the Society, community, and the industry and not only taking from it. My life approach is to give and take, not take and give. When I volunteer, I get to enjoy seeing the positive impact on the lives of others I have helped whether in their career or personal lives. 

What are YPs’ greatest challenges?

To be able to achieve a balance between work, building a career, personal life, and outside work activities.

Whom would you like to thank?

I would like to thank my family who has encouraged me and supported me during my career, my company Lufkin who sponsored my attendance at SPE conferences, and my country Egypt whose River Nile runs in my veins.