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The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the US Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report. The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.
Upon reviewing the American Association of Engineering Societies’ (AAES) Engineering Competency Model, the SPE Soft Skills Committee established a task force to map AAES’ model to SPE’s competency models and drive the integration of both. Given the cyclical nature of the industry, how might individuals and companies prepare for a potential re-emergence of the boom cycle? This article emphasizes the importance of soft skills in navigating the effects of systems and structures on human patterns of behavior.
A contest where teams of college students design and build an automated drilling rig able to deal with hazardous obstacles in a test block, showed how a small change can be engineered to matter. Vimlesh Bavadiya is leading a team of engineering students at the University of Oklahoma (OU) to repeat its victory in SPE’s Drillbotics competition next year.
He has been awarded the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship. Mojtaba received his BS and MS degrees in petroleum engineering, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. He has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to petroleum engineering.
Qiaotong Ren has been announced as the 2016 Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship recipient. Qiaotong was born in China, and lived there for 14 years before coming to the UK. She studied in the International School of Aberdeen before graduating with an International Baccalaureate diploma. For her BSc degree, she studied geology at Imperial College London and graduated with First Class Honours in June 2016. Upon receiving the award Qiaotong said “I am very honoured to be the recipient of the 2016 Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship.
He received a master of science degree in Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford in 2012. He received his bachelor of science at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Orhun was awarded the SPE STAR Scholarship during his last year at Middle East Technical University. Outside of his responsibilities as a student researcher, he is also the treasurer of the Stanford Student Chapter of SPE. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in petroleum engineering in 2008 and 2010.
Dixia Fan is currently a PhD candidate at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s of science in ocean engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and a master’s of science from MIT. During his undergraduate years, he founded the SJTU Intellectual Vehicle Lab. Under his direction, the lab received financial support from the university and several national companies. Fan also established extracurricular courses for SJTU students and served as a lecturer for three courses: Learning Embedment Development with AT Series, Winform Development with C#.net, and 3D Design and Animation.
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