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The SPE student chapter at Texas A&M University (TAMU-SPE) is a premier student organization within the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. As a recognition of its excellence, TAMU-SPE received the 2019-2020 Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter, which is awarded only to the top 5% percent of student chapters globally within SPE. In 2019, TAMU-SPE created a new event, "Aggies Invent–Energy Solution," which set a contemporary standard in size and scope for inaugural, student-conducted technical events. The chapter partnered with Aggies Invent founder Professor Rodney Boehm, the Energy Club at Texas A&M, and the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program to deliver a unique energy-focused Aggies Invent experience (image above). Aggies Invent is a 48-hour intensive design experience where students in multidisciplinary teams push their innovation, creativity, and communication skills.
This paper describes a tailored multiskilling training program, newly designed for a group of students interns from different disciplines, that is based on the integration of different geoscience domains, leading to reinforce the technical competencies for future Petro-Technical workforce.
The program was inspired by an initiative launched for experienced geoscientists from different disciplines (Geophysics, Geology, Petrophysics, Petroleum ...), planning to move or recently joined a consultancy team, to help understand the full picture of consulting projects. This program was downsized and re-tailored for MSc geoscience students. While traditionally each intern works on a specific project or thematic of his domain with a mentor from his discipline (i.e. Geology student with a Geologist ...), the cross disciplinary program assumes a group of students from different domain working together as one team, for 3-6 months internship, on a single integration-based project (Field Development Plan "FDP" in our case), during that period they will be supervised by mentors for each domain.
Unlike conventional training program for students, as described in the previous section, the cross disciplinary approach allows each student to benefit from a theoretical courses-based learning in the form of class or web-based training for his domain, of course, as well as for other geoscience sub-disciplines, this is coupled with practical workshops and software learning/manipulation sessions. Hence, the intern will enrich his knowledge on other domains that were not necessarily covered during university courses. Looking outside of this mono-domain circle will help understanding what others are doing, how are they doing it, why are they doing it ... simply understand the way of thinking of each other across a consulting project team. The real benefit goes beyond that, in fact students from this program, when hired as Petro-Technical geoscientists, will easily integrate consultancy team of any size, know exactly what they have to do and why. The experience has demonstrated its effectiveness in preparing the future technical workforce.
The cross-disciplinary training program for a group of students from different domains working on a unique project, is a new concept that has never existed before. In addition, for the first time ever, university has granted these students (although from different departments) to present their MSc graduation projects together as a single project in front of a larger technical committee to cover all the disciplines.
Energy4me, SPE’s energy education outreach programme, will invite 50 U.A.E. Educators will receive hands-on training by qualified SPE facilitators, listen to a presentation from a prominent keynote speaker, and tour the ATCE exhibition. Additionally, educators will receive a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms. There is no cost for teachers to attend the workshop. SPE is educating the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists and managers in the E&P industry.
Godfrey Edezu was born in the rural village of Ayivu, Maracha district, Uganda. He attended primary and secondary school education in the rural settings and later joined Nkumba University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Minerals Geosciences. His decision to study Geosciences was deeply rooted in earlier inspirations by the science teachers and fascinations to understand the extraction of natural resources from the earth.
Energy4me, SPE’s energy education outreach programme, will invite 50 Khazak science teachers (grades 9–12) to attend a free, one-day energy education workshop. Educators will receive hands-on training by qualified SPE facilitators, listen to presentations from prominent keynote and young professional speakers. In addition, Educators will receive a variety of free instructional materials to take back to their classrooms. There is no cost for teachers to attend the workshop. A keynote speaker will present the role of energy in our everyday lives, followed by a brief question and answer period.
Researchers at OU have received $2.5 million of US Department of Energy funding for a three-phase study to develop technologies to increase power production from geothermal wells. The geothermal development research site in Southern California sits on the US Navy’s largest single landholding. For the first time, the University of Oklahoma has offered a Human Factors in Oil and Gas Operations class. The offered course fulfilled the mission of training petroleum engineering students to make an impact on oil and gas industry.
Energy4me is an educational program that educates the public about energy and puts a face on the industry. Energy is a critical issue worldwide, and SPE believes face-to-face contact is the ideal way to spread the word about energy conservation, the future of the oil and gas industry and its impact on the planet. Make a difference in our industry while doing something good for your community: Give a classroom presentation or start a classroom presentation program for your section! Classroom presentations to pre-university students are a great way to provide facts about energy and inspire students toward careers in the energy sector. Energy4me makes presentation preparation quick and easy.
The 1980s oil industry crash, which was caused by an increase in production and a slowdown of the world economy, resulted in a huge surplus of crude oil. Improved horizontal drilling, completion technologies and the underpinning of engineering advancements were major contributing factors. The crude oil price has continued to fall since mid-2014, and has dropped from $106 per barrel. This paper examines the supply and demand of the future workforce and the warning signs that were ignored before the crash.
The framework of questions to be addressed includes the following: "What is the fundamental problem in the industry and petroleum universities?", "Is it throttling the advancement of the petroleum industry?", and "What are the changes needed to meet the shortage of future engineers?" Although several challenges are inherently present, the article will particularly ponder the following primary challenges: talent pipeline and shortage, educational curriculum drought, petroleum education intake reform, academia-industry tighter participation, knowledge base erosion, and technical talent flight.
A surge in university enrollment has tilted the balance of the student and aging faculty ratio. The key takeaways from this paper include the challenge areas in education and how the industry is responding to its needs, outlining the emerging future direction to meet the challenges of the cyclical industry, as well as climate change pressures. This paper presents the future state of the petroleum program, which will be in a state of stunned growth similar to other industries, like mining and nuclear energy. It also shows a link to environmental pressures.