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Session 1: What Does Your Work Look Like in 2030? There is little doubt that digital transformation is going to change the way we do work in 2030. Transformation is expected to add billions of dollars in value, from data to modeling to contracting to health, safety, and environment (HES). Will we finally have data that is perfect and available at our fingertips? Will machines build the reservoir model, leaving petrotech experts to choose and quality control the best models?
Lotanna Ohazuruike is a devout Christian, a skilled researcher and an adept petroleum engineering academic. Perhaps the earliest display of his flair for research was demonstrated when, contrary to convention, he designed a wooden power–operated car for a junior secondary school project at the age of 12. Afterward, he graduated from the Nigerian Navy Secondary School in Lagos as a science ace, excelling in the STEM subjects. He was subsequently admitted into the petroleum engineering programme at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria (RSUST) having emerged as the top engineering student in the entrance examinations. He was awarded a personal computer by the institution for emerging as the overall best engineering student at the end of his first year. He graduated with a first class honors, receiving the Vice Chancellor's Award of Academic Excellence in April 2014.
Richard Boakye Yiadom, EIT from Ghana, West Africa, is currently a MS in petroleum engineering candidate at the University of Utah. He received his BS in mining engineering from the University of Utah and was a recipient of the prestigious McIntosh Engineering Scholarship by the SME Foundation. Before joining the program, he worked as a mine engineer for Peabody Energy at their Twentymile Mine in Colorado and Rawhide Mine in Wyoming. At Peabody Energy, Yiadom put together and supervised several high capital projects and carried out mine planning projects. Among his achievements, he generated a water model for the mine and recommended a booster pump location.
David Semwogerere holds a BSc in electrical engineering (honors, 2012) from Makerere University in Uganda. In 2012, he started work as a junior well testing and completions engineer at Total. His work involved well test design and execution and working with well engineering modeling and drilling parameter software. He was also a nightshift well test supervisor for Total in the upper west Nile exploration and appraisal campaign on four workover rigs. Semwogerere later moved to the China National Offshore Oil Company in 2014 as a well completion engineer in the Kingfisher Albertine exploration region on Lake Albert.
Emmanuel Ikehi holds a BEng in petroleum and natural gas engineering (first class honours, 2015) from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Nigeria. His research thesis entitled Application of Intelligent Well Completions in Optimizing Production from Oil Rim Reservoirs focused on the modeling of inflow control device (ICD) performance in oil rims. In 2013, Ikehi served as a petroleum engineering intern at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company. His journey to the Imomoh Scholarship began in 2012 when he inspired his course mates to form an SPE student chapter. He went on to become the pioneer secretary of the newly formed chapter.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kazazabrang Elijah Dauda was born in the beautiful city of Kaduna in Nigeria and began his formal education in De Kapital in Bwari, Abuja Nigeria before concluding primary education in Faith Foundation Nursery and Primary School, Kubwa, Abuja. He did very well in his National common entrance examination, which got him a scholarship to study in The school for the Gifted Child, Gwagwalada, Abuja in 2005 where he studied there for 2 years, but due to the lack of spiritual growth his parents transferred him to Baptist High School, Jos, which played a very vital and pivotal role in his life and subsequently graduated in 2012, then he got admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Chemical Engineering. He excelled in that school and thus was awarded a scholarship to study Petroleum Engineering in Kazan, Russia in 2014 graduating in 2019 but due to tough financial circumstances in his family he had to go back home to support his family in 2019, which led to him taking an academic break and thus forfeiting one year of his scholarship which led to him applying for the Imomoh scholarship. He is now back in Russia to complete his studies and is very grateful for this opportunity.