2016 Imomoh Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the four winners of this year’s Imomoh Scholarship, who after careful selection were awarded this scholarship endowed to the SPE Foundation by Egbert Imomoh to support excellence in education for students from the Africa Region.

Soneye Temitope Damilotun, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Soneye Temitope is first and foremost an African, then a Nigerian. He hails precisely from Ogere-Remo in Ogun State, Nigeria. He is the only male child in a family of five. He had his primary and secondary education at Mayflower School, Ikenne.

Right from secondary, Soneye had developed a natural aptitude for Mathematics and other analytical subjects. This fuelled his interest in Engineering (Specifically Petroleum) after having 9 distinctions in WASSCE.

Soneye received his Bachelor’s degree at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria (Nigeria’s premier university). He graduated with a first class honors in Petroleum Engineering. During this time as well, he served SPE University of Ibadan Student Chapter in varying capabilities; ranging from Member, Electoral Committee to Goalkeeper, SPE-UI football team (won 3 gold medals), to the Program Chairperson, SPE-UI for the 2012/13 session. This resulted in the presentation of an Award of Service to him by the student body.

Currently, he is studying Petroleum Geoscience (MSc) at the Pan African University Life and Earth Science Institute (PAULESI), which is a continental initiative of the African Union Commission towards ensuring the proficiency of Sub Saharan Africa in Science and Technology, as this has been recognized as a propellant of the economy of nations.

Through the SPE fund and the PAULESI initiative, Soneye Temitope seeks to embark on cross cutting research abridging Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience, as an in-depth knowledge of these would aid better understanding of underground oil and gas accumulations. He seeks to add to the body of knowledge and progress made in these fields, in the aspects of basin analysis, carbon sequestration, petrophysical analysis and reservoir simulation.

Soneye Temitope seeks to become a Reserves Estimator in the future, and probably delve into Mergers and Acquisitions later on.

Zainab Titus, Imperial College London UK

Zainab Titus holds a B.Eng. with First Class Honours from Covenant University, where she graduated as the most outstanding Petroleum Engineering Student in 2015.

Owing to her interest in Physics and the numerous awards she had won in Mathematics Competitions locally and nationally during her secondary school days, it was not difficult to identify her predisposition to engineering. Zainab developed a predilection for Petroleum Engineering when on a road trip, she was fascinated by the sophisticated equipment and technology used for oil prospecting activities in the Chad basin of Nigeria.

Zainab’s engagements with SPE International began in 2013 through her University Student Chapter, where she served as the Technical Officer in 2014. She also interned with ExxonMobil Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 2014, where she worked on projects related to well testing, annular pressure build-up analysis and petroleum economics. Her undergraduate research thesis, which presented a diagnostic tool for determining the optimal rate of producing high rate oil wells by turbulence analysis won the 2015 Students’ Paper Contest for the Africa Region (SPE-178751-STU).

For Zainab, the Imomoh Scholarship is a motivation to unlock greater possibilities through research in areas applicable to production optimization and reservoir simulation in graduate school. In the future, she hopes to be a Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, who will inspire the younger generations to pursue engineering skills for solving real and important problems for developing our promising energy industry.

As much as she values learning and importantly her faith in God, she also enjoys still life drawing, basketball and adventures/time with family and friends.

Carl Quist, Heriot Watt University UK

Carl Quist is 21 years old and from Accra, Ghana. He belongs to a family of 4, single handily raised by his mother. Carl holds a first class honours BSc certificate in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Ghana. His final year project was on “Investigating the Effects of Using Ester Oil on the Compressive Strength of Cement”. Carl is also an old student of Labone Senior High School in Accra. Carl gained admission into the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Campus to pursue MSc in Petroleum Engineering in September, 2016.

Having been a member of SPE since 2012 and a member of the society’s Petroquiz team that represented the University at various Petroquiz competitions during my undergraduate study, Carl is also now signing up to the SPE eMentoring program. In addition to this he is also applying for an internship and a year’s National Service at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. By working with the Reservoir and Production Engineering Unit of the Engineering Division on reservoir surveillance and management of the offshore Jubilee field in Ghana this has really helped shape and direct his focus in the industry.

The Petroleum Industry in Ghana is a young one and Carl is looking forward to contributing my quota to its efficient development through knowledge acquisition and sharing.

Carl has said that “Getting this scholarship is a great honour and a challenge to me because not only does the awarding committee believe in me but more importantly I cannot afford to fail those who directly and or indirectly look up to me. My primary goal to contribute my quota towards the development of the petroleum industry through knowledge acquisition and sharing is resolutely on track. My resolve has been bolstered and I am hopeful to hold a PhD in Petroleum Engineering as an active and renowned researcher in the industry.”

Grace Murungi, IFP School, France

Grace Murungi is “fanatical about energy generation”. As a Rwandese growing up in a region with constant power cuts, she dreamt of contributing to the creation of a constant energy supply which sparked her interest in engineering. Grace later obtained a BSc. Hon. Electrical Engineering degree at the University Of Cape Town, with a Dean’s Merit scholarship.

Grace then joined Schlumberger Oilfield Services as an Artificial Lift Field Engineer based in West Africa. My role involved design, installation/retrieval of Electrical Submersible Pump and Gas Lift Systems in offshore and onshore environments. Grace felt privileged to be aligned with a leader in oilfield cutting-edge technology, inevitably developing interest in oil and gas as a source of energy. The rigorous training equipped her with strong technical skills and a high degree of integrity.

Artificial Lift requires a combination of Electrical and Reservoir Engineering. To enhance her skillset in reservoir engineering, I have enrolled at IFP School in France to pursue MSc. Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering.

Grace has said that she is honored and very grateful to SPE International for the Imomoh Scholarship. “The financial support is a great contribution towards my tuition, without which this opportunity to amass knowledge in a field I am very passionate about may not have come to fruition.”

Grace firmly believes in the enormous potential of the energy industry to increase Africa’s fortunes, albeit facing a key challenge of shortage in the local skilled workforce. She hopes to contribute to harnessing this potential by becoming a leading industry expert in oil and gas enhanced well performance and production optimization. Grace is focused on leading innovation and long range project planning thereby providing new technology solutions that will make the capitalization of the substantial reserves in the emerging market in East Africa efficient and cost effective.