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2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.

Saudi Arabia Students Visit Saudi Aramco

A one-day tour of the oil and gas industry was organized for students on August 4, 2010. A total of 18 students visited Saudi Aramco where they were introduced to the Oil and Gas Business. The tour started with a presentation on the different disciplines of the industry such as exploration, drilling and production, followed by a 3D movie describing the industry’s role in supplying the world with needed energy.

The tour was concluded with a visit to Saudi Aramco’s Event Solution Center. At the center, students were familiarized with how the center functions and how its multidisciplinary team integrates data to achieve successful decision in a timely manner.

SPE Student Chapter NED Holds Annual Dinner

The main social event for the NED student chapter was the 2010 Annual Dinner. 170 students, faculty and guests from the industry attended. Guests bid farewell to the graduating class of 2006-2007.

The event was a  great opportunity for the students to showcase their skills. Some created imaginative and witty short films which were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by the audience. Live acts were equally well-received.

Sumair Ahmed, SPE NED Student Chapter President 2010, gave a farewell speech and introduced the 2011 Committee to the audience.

Everyone had an enjoyable evening.

SPE Student Chapter UPES Goes Green

Members of the UPES Chapter volunteered at the Second Annual Dehradun Tree Festival in aid of Green Doon, an NGO working for environmental causes.  More than 1,000 children from local schools attended the festival.

The chapter’s environmental section, the “Theme Based Plantation Team,” had a stall at the festival and educated children about biodiesel.  The team’s vision is to protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations, based on sustainable development.

Other activities of the day included drama, poster making, free speech, fancy dress, and poem and essay competitions, all based on an environmental theme.

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.

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!

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.

SPE Student Chapter KSU Hosts a Welcoming Party

On 9 October, SPE Student Chapter King Saud University (KSU) held its annual welcoming party along with the celebration of being the Chapter of the Month for October!

This was also a congratulatory event for the petroleum and natural gas engineering department for attaining ABET accreditation. During the party, the vice president of the engineering college gave a speech along with the chairman of the petroleum and natural gas engineering department. SPE Student Chapter KSU President, Sayed Hassan Mohamed, also spoke. KSU student chapter spokesmen Sami Talbi presented on the chapter’s plans and the opportunities for the students to get involved. The presentations ended with the cutting of the cake by the guest of honor but the celebrations continued.