Local news from the Society of Petroleum Engineers

Universidad Nacional del Comahue hosts conference

visit-100x781The Universidad Nacional del Comahue (UNC) hosted the 4th Annual SPE Argentine Student Chapters conference in Neuquen.  Representatives from all the student chapters in Argentina were in attendance, with some travelling very long distances. Melissa Schultea, SPE Young Member Programs Manager (London office) visited the chapter and attended this event as well. Continue reading

Suez Canal University Student Chapter hosts field trip

suez-100x752Suez Canal University Student Chapter organized a field trip to Suez Oil Production and Refining Company on 27 November. The field trip began with a meeting with the vice manager of the company where he explained the different component and units of the company. He explained the path of crude oil during refining and production process starting with desalters to reduce the salinity of the input crude oil, then oil enters the distillation tower in which separation of different component of oil occurs. Continue reading

University of Oklahoma Chapter hosts SPE Distinguished Lecturer

Some 50+ members of the University of Oklahoma SPE Student Chapter recently hosted 2003-2004 SPE Distinguished Lecturer Neal Nagel, who, “gave an exciting and informative presentation including aspects of rock mechanics, stresses around the wellbore, and well planning. Dr. Nagel showed simulations of rock stress and failure using a geomechanics simulation called FLAC3D. The main thing OU SPE was able to take away from this presentation was a greater appreciation and understanding of a problem that could potentially cost a company a lot of money,” according to Chapter Secretary Kyle Ray. Also on the agenda of the November meeting was discussion of the chapter’s outreach programs: Adopt-a-Child and the Sooner Elementary Engineering and Science Clubs.

Universidad de Cuyo Chapter has active year

Members of the Universidad de Cuyo SPE Student Chapter have had an active year, according to their website. Since April, members have attended two technical meetings, hosted a barbeque, and participated in a program to promote petroleum engineering as a curriculum choice for entering freshmen.

University of Ibadan takes group tour

ibadan-100x353The SPE Student Chapter at University of Ibadan participated in a tour of the oil states in Nigeria. The 15 members first visited the flowstation and well heads at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and then attended a series of presentations and a tour of the workshop at Baker Hughes.

November Chapter of the Month: Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical Univeristy (I-Tech) Student Chapter has been named the November Chapter of the Month. Thirty chapter members took the first ever tour of an offshore facility earlier this year, thanks to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation TPAO. Students were escourted on the tour by TPAO officials who explained the operations and safety features.

The chapter has been working to increase membership, and usually plans three field trips each year. Featured below, Chapter members ready to depart on a tour of a TPAO offshore facility.i-tech_chapter1

Petroleum Training Institute hosts 198 at 'Freshers' event

Freshman orientation at the Petroleum Training Institute in Warri, Nigeria is called the “Freshers Orientation,” and this year’s event attracted two shy of 200. Chapter members explained the benefits of SPE membership and proudly displayed their chapter banner.


Paper contestants visit Mt. Rushmore

The 13 contestants in the SPE Eastern/Mid-Continent/Rocky Mountain Regional Student Paper Contest, held 16 October at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, took time out to visit the monument to four former US Presidents at Mt. Rushmore. 12 of the 13 are pictured (l to r) back row: Taylour Burton, Basar Basbug, Sarah Kassis, Tomas Mora, Pablo Limpias; front Row: Karhik Gopalan, D.J. Snyder, Michael Presho, Denis Pone, Bryan Orr, Saken Konyrbayev, Peter Liang. View the winners’ names from all regions.



SPE Eastern/Mid-Continent/Rocky Mountain Regional Student Paper Contest participants at Mt. Rushmore.

Louisiana-Lafayette takes top honors, chapter president shares success

2008-ula_lafayette_osca-300x1681The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was named the 2008 SPE Outstanding Student Chapter (OSC) at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver. Following is a brief interview with Chapter president Andrew Patin, who shares his views on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year.

What would you consider as your chapter’s biggest strength or biggest accomplishment this year?

We are a very diverse chapter; 160 students from 25 different countries. We develop strong relationships with one another and are able to help each other on and off campus.
Besides this award, we were named Outstanding Engineering Department (among other engineering departments in the university) 2 years in a row.  The award consisted of different engineering competitions and disciplines (papers, projects, design competitions and quiz bowls related to the engineering field).
What would you consider is the biggest challenge your student chapter faced during the year. How
did you overcome it?

2007-2008-Having the finances to send 44 students to ATCE 2000 Anaheim, CA. It created financial bind to hold more fundraisers to make up for other activities.  Result was not much member participation in following year.
Past year-More successful in funding for trip for ATCE Denver. We are improving our fundraising efforts.
What student chapter activity did your chapter enjoy most?  Which was the least?

We enjoy all, but most is Engineering Week at University of Louisiana.  Everyone gets involved on engineering projects and competitions.  The bonding makes us a better department.
We make light of every situation, every task and try to make it fun and beneficial for everyone.
 What would you consider your best resource(s) for student chapter operations?
Learning from past presidents: what good came out of it and how to improve for next year.  
Also, the industry helps.  We can call up companies we’ve worked with before for questions and assistance.  They help sponsor our activities.  Some have even approached our school.
 Our family, friends, and relatives help too.
What can SPE do to better assist with student chapter operations and relationships? 

 Funding assistance to ATCE. We usually have a good relationship with our section (SPE Evangeline section).  We attend their meetings and activities since they are located next or near our university.
 Any big plans in store for next year you would like to share?

 Keep up with what we’ve been doing. Build a name for ourselves at university level, nationally, and internationally.  Be recognized.
What advice / message would you like to convey to other student chapters on how they may
become next year’s OSC?

Get more freshman (first year university students) participation.  We’ve learned from Chapter Officers Workshops at ATCE 2008 freshman participation can be problematic.  Overcoming this problem has created more freshman participation this year than I’ve seen.
Set standards as a club organization at a university-level – show how you are helping out the community as well as developing professionalism.
Bring in an industry professional who is a recent graduate to talk to your students. It will give them more insight to the industry upon graduation.
 Special thanks to:

  • Our faculty advisor, Dr. Ghalambor
  • Past chapter president, Eric Lege
  • All current and past chapter officers
  • SPE staff
  • SPE Evangeline section