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On 16 May, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) will mark its 150th anniversary. Founded in May 1871, 22 engineers came together to form an association dedicated to advancing the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. This founding group's goals were "the more economical production of useful minerals and metals and ... the greater safety and welfare of those employed in these industries." As AIME continued to grow, it decentralized and formed four independently operated member societies. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985.
With some dating back to 60 years ago and others more recently established, SPE sections and chapters are present in 154 countries around the world. According to the 2019 SPE Fact Sheet, there are 201 SPE sections and 396 student chapters serving oil and gas and professionals and students in technical knowledge sharing. SPE sections provide an operating framework for all major society activities. They are semi-autonomous units and self-governing within the framework of SPE policies. Section members elect officers and directors annually.
Monday, May 16 marked the 145th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), SPE's parent organization. A luncheon was held at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The local Pennsylania Anthracite section of the Society of Mining Engineers (SME) was able to get the state to recognize the spot nearby where AIME held its first meeting on that day back in 1871 at the former Wyoming Valley Hotel. The festivities were kicked off by local folk balladeer, Jay Smar. Then, Past Chair of SME's PA Anthracite Section, Michael Korb, and Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Traweek spoke.
Since its inception, the university has spearheaded oil and gas research and nurtured skilled oilfield leaders. More than 15 large universities and research institutes have been established on the model of Gubkin. In Russia, the university is affectionately known as Kerosinka, meaning "kerosene stove." Through this article, we will explore Gubkin through the eyes of a student. A rich history, thriving international partnerships, a vibrant SPE student chapter, unique oil- and gas-themed student activities, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and accomplished alumni are what makes Gubkin a leader in its field.