Kun Xie, SPE, was awarded the 2017 Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship. Xie is currently a PhD student majoring in petroleum and natural gas engineering in Northeast Petroleum University (NEPU) in China. Xie holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in oil and gas development engineering from NEPU. He has published 17 technical papers and applied for 11 patents. Xie also volunteers to teach other students on doing research and writing technical papers. The fellowship in petroleum engineering is supported by the SPE Foundation and is awarded to PhD-level students who intend to pursue a career in academia. Award recipients are nominated by the SPE student chapter faculty advisor or department chair.
About Nico van Wingen: Nico 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 DSc degree from Adamson University in Manila. He 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. van Wingen played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the US, Austria, Canada, West Germany, Iran, Turkey and Venezuela. He was active on many SPE committees and won the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal and SPE Distinguished Member award in 1985.
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