SPE North America Student Symposium 9 - 11 Feb 2020 University of Southern California University of Southern California


Sunday, February 09

07:00 - 13:00
08:00 - 16:00
2020 North America PetroBowl Regional Qualifier Seeley G Mudd Building

All Registered Teams are expected to be at the University of Southern California Student Center by 8 a.m. for team check in. Schedule of game play and pool information will be released as soon as it becomes available. If your team arrives late to the Seeley G Mudd Building we reserve the right to revoke participation in the competition.

Mandatory Team Check-in
Welcome by Dr. Iraj Erashaghi
Safety moment and three-day agenda review
Petrobowl Committee Review of Rules and Regulations
Shauna Noonan Closing Remarks

Qualifier Rules

Participating Universities:

The University of Texas at Austin
University of North Dakota
Montana Tech
University of Oklahoma
Louisiana State University
University of Tulsa
Penn State University
University of Kansas
Universidad Politecnica del Golfo de Mexico
University of Louisiana Lafayette
Oklahoma State University
Saint Francis University
Colorado School of Mines
Texas A&M University
University of Calgary
University of Houston
Mississippi State University 
Texas Tech University
Missouri University of Science & Technology 
Instituto Politecnico Nacional

12:00 - 13:00

Monday, February 10

07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 10:30
Opening Session Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
  • Welcome by the Dean of Viterbi School Engineering Dr Yannis Yortsos
  • Introduction by Dr Ershaghi about the changes happening to the Petroleum Engineering Education
  • Opening Keynote by SPE President Shauna Noonan
  • Keynote by Michelle Pflueger, Chevron
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Panel on Oil Field Digital Transformation Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
Moderator(s) Michelle Pflueger, Chevron
  • Dr Donald Paul, The Executive Director of the USC Energy: Institute on Petroleum Informatics
  • Mr Jim Crompton, on Digital Transformation
  • Dr Cliff Neuman, on Physical and Cyber Security
12:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Panel on Environmental Issues and Decarbonization Tutor Campus Center Ballroom
Moderator(s) Lauren Gentile, Aera Challenges and Opportunities
  • Dr. Surya Prakash, Methanol Economy
  • Dr. Birendra Jha, Subsurface CO2 Sequestration 
  • Dr. Everett Salas, Chevron USA


14:00 - 16:00
Student Presentations Student Presentation Room
  • Anvar Akhiiartdinov - "Optimizing conventional plunger lift systems using machine learning techniques"
  • Mirinets Aleksandra - "Joint analysis of seismic and EM data for near-surface studies in water areas"
  • Luisa Porras - "Data Mining and Statistical Analysis of Hydrualic Fracture Performance in the Viking Formation"
14:00 - 16:00
Industry Technical Focused Presentations Ballroom/Main Session Room
  • Andreas Michael - "Orientation of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation from Perforated Horizontal Wellbores"
  • Adriana Zaidiza - "Cloud Systems and Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Wll Construction Planning Accuracy"

Tuesday, February 11

07:30 - 13:00
Field Trip: THUMS Island Tour - CLOSED Long Beach Harbor, California

We will leave USC at 7:30 AM to take the Boat ride to the Islands at 9am. The tour will take about 2 hours and we shall return by 1pm.

We will be visiting one of the 4 islands in the Long Beach Harbor that are the sites of drilling and production into the East Wilmington Oilfield.

THUMS islands, built in the 1960s, allow the eastern portion of the field to be produced with environmental, spatial and logistical efficiency. Come and learn how these islands are both beautiful and practical.

The tour will include a boat ride around Long Beach Harbor, a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the islands, a close-up view of an active drill rig, the production office where all the island wells are monitored, and award-winning landscaping designed by the same architect who created Disneyland’s Tomorrow Land.

All must wear closed-toed, flat shoes (no heels or open-toed shoes allowed). Goggles and hardhats will be provided. No children under 12 years old. If we’re lucky, we may also see some marine life along the way!