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2010 SPE Chili Contest Held by Student Chapter CUPB

On October 30, 2010, five members of SPE Student Chapter CUPB participated in the “2010 SPE Chili Contest” held in Youhuameidi Villa, Beijing, China.

The 2010 SPE Chili Contest, sponsored by the SPE North China International Section, is held twice a year. It promotes communication and cooperation between the oil companies and the SPE Student Chapters with fun activities.  The SPE members who took part in this activity were mainly managers and engineers from Schlumberger, Weatherford, Baker Hughes, Anadarko, and other well-known oil companies.

SPE Student Chapter CUPC Holds Student Workshop

On November 6, 2010, the SPE Student Chapter CUPB held a workshop “My Internship”. Ramsey, President of SPE Northern China International Section and President of Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Limited;  Michael Long, production manager of Kerr-McGee China Petroleum Limited; and Lei Yujiang, the Deputy Party Secretary of CUPB, were present at the activity along with other officers. Also, some students with internship experiences from four SPE student chapters, Peking University, RIPED, CUGB and CUPB, were invited.

In the opening speech, Ramsey spoke highly of the achievements earned by the SPE CUPB Student Chapter in the last years. The representatives from four SPE student chapters shared their internship experiences with listeners with the theme “My Internship”.

In the end, Lei Yujiang made a concluding speech. He pointed out that the student chapter was an important academic organization of the university and achieved a lot. He hoped that more students would join in the chapter and benefit from it. Finally, Ramsey, Michael Long and the representatives of four student chapters chatted with the listeners.

SPE Student Chapter University of Cairo Hosts Ambassador Lecture Program

University of Cairo Student Chapter recently hosted their first Ambassador Lecturer Program.  The Ambassador Lecturer Program is designed to connect students with the oil and gas industry through lectures presented by young professionals who are 35 years old or younger.

The lecturers share their career development experience since graduation, explore cutting-edge technology, and describe what it is like to work in the E&P industry. The program aims to present the vision of SPE and provide an opportunity for students to hear a young engineer’s perspective on issues confronting the industry.

The student chapter has shown appreciation to:  Eng. Ahmed Ali; Eng. Mohamed Kamal; Eng. Hazem Abdul Sattar;
Eng. Eslam AL Araby; Geo. Radwa Obahha; Eng. Nael Sadek.  University of Cairo Student Chapter also offer special thanks to their guests from Sapesco Company:  Ms. Manal Koka and Eng. Ahmed Magdy.

SPE Student Member Chosen As a Finalist for Mind Odyssey Competition at Petrotech Conference

Leon Prebeau-Menezes, graduate student at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary and a student member of SPE is representing Team Canada as one of the top 3  finalists for Mind Odyssey, a world competition hosted by the 3rd World Petroleum Congress – Petrotech Conference, New Delhi.
Alberta’s Premier Ed Stelmach is expected to attend the World Petroleum Congress-Petrotech Conference at the 9th International Petrotech 2010 Oil and Gas Conference in New Delhi, Southeast Asia’s largest petroleum show.
The winners Prebeau-Menezes Team Canada and S. Bratt Slett of Norway are scheduled to jointly present their topic on Geothermal Energy for Increasing Oil Recovery to help the oil & gas industry move toward sustainable energy. The competition will be to a world audience in New Delhi November 2, 2010, at the Mind Odyssey Final Challenge. Mr. D.K. Pande,  Director (Exploration) of ONGC India who is also the Vice President of the World Petroleum Council, will be welcoming the local and global delegates.
Mind Odyssey world competition is a challenge where innovative ideas are sought to contribute toward the advancement of energy industry, offer value addition, deliver new benefits and provide solutions for the many challenges faced by the industry: effective management of resources, breakthrough advances in technology, technological developments for new sources of conventional, alternate and green energy sources, and providing solutions to future energy crises.
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A Big Congratulations to SPE Student Chapter Indian School of Mines – SPE December Student Chapter of the Month!

The students of this chapter solved membership problems by appointing team representatives to update new members on all activities available and assist them with the registration process.  This has resulted in the chapter having close to 400 current members.  They have sponsored an inter-college football tournament; conducted campus cleaning drives; began work on a video conferencing facility; conducted a panel discussion on Climate Change; participated in the regional student paper contest; conducted Petrowalk (an event to educate young students about SPE and petroleum engineering); and many other events.

Students of ISM Student Chapter have hosted guest lecturers:  Mrs. Archana Kumar, who spoke about the importance and impact of post graduation on a petroleum engineer’s career; Professor Prabir Daripa, who spoke on “The effect of chemicals on porous medium during EOR”; and Mr. Vikas Kumar, who spoke on “Practical Aspects of Wire Line Formation Testing and Well Testing”.

One of their goals is to increase the number of students sent to conferences and competitions in order to increase student interaction with global chapters.

Indian School of Mines Student Chapter is doing an excellent job!  Once again, congratulations!

Eastern North America Regional Award Recipients Named

Five SPE members from the Eastern North America Region were recognized for their contribution to SPE and technical expertise two weeks ago in West Virginia. Learn more about regional awards and nominate an outstanding individual at

Left to right: Richard Fulcher; Charles Boyer; Mark Spears, 2010 President’s Award Winner, Most Improved Section; Bill Rubin; David Freeman.

Annual Open Sports Day Held By SPE Student Chapter KSU

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual open sports day on October 14 at the Sports Arial Dome at King Saud University. More than 50 students attended along with 6 faculty members.

The students were randomly divided into teams of 6 players. Every team played 6 games in football, basketball and volleyball. The teams who got the highest score made up the top 3. There were also separate tournaments of table tennis and handball.

Eng. Abdulbari Arefi in his speech emphasized the importance of these social activities as they strengthen the social bond between the SPE KSU members and the faculty. He previewed some of the programs the chapter will hold in the near future and encouraged the students to participate. Finally, Arefi congratulated KSU for being the SPE Student Chapter of the Month of October.

SPE Student Chapter KSU Attends SAOGE

SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) attended the 3rd Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition on October 10. Seven students represented KSU at the conference, having traveled from Riyadh City to Dammam City. Sponsoring companies were impressed by the way King Saud University students handled scientific questions and debates. The chapter is poised to participate in many more events in the coming months.