The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications from graduate students for doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities at DOE national laboratories. The program provides supplemental awards for PhD students to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months. Applications are due 16 May 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis by providing supplemental funds for awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. SCGSR has identified six priority research areas for the SCGSR 2017 Solicitation 1 and applicants must be pursuing graduate research in an area aligned with one or more of these: advanced scientific and computing research, basic energy sciences, biological and environmental research, fusion energy sciences, high energy physics, and nuclear physics.
Back in 2013, Reinel Echavez and his colleagues at the Universidad de Oriente (UDO) SPE student chapter were looking for options to improve student communication and networking with the regional oil companies. Keeping this in mind, when Echavez made the transition to a professional position in 2017 as a reservoir engineer at Petrocedeno (a joint venture between PDVSA, Total, and Statoil), he joined the SPE Eastern Venezuela Section committee as the student liaison. "During that [student] time, we were working with SPE programs in the university such as Energy4me, Ambassador Lecturer Program, Distinguished Lecturer, and others, but we needed a stronger student-professional relationship with elements of participation, action, and development: "participation" for both parties--students and professionals, sharing knowledge and experiences; "action" where the students experience playing a role in the workforce of a company; and finally the learning "development" of the future professionals," said Echavez. Now as a young professional, he fulfilled his dream to support students prepare for their professional careers by launching the program called "A Day as an Engineer." "A Day as an Engineer" activities include touring the host company, spending a day with the company staff team, experiencing the company engineering workflows, helping in engineering calculations, and obtaining one-on-one career advice.
With the A Peer Apart award, SPE recognizes those dedicated individuals involved in the review of 100 or more papers for SPE's peer-reviewed journals. Peer review is an essential part of scientific publishing and helps to ensure the information published in a journal is well supported and clearly articulated. Volunteers who commit their time to review papers make substantial contributions to the technical excellence of our industry's literature. Each year SPE typically has more than 1,400 individual reviewers submitting more than 3,500 reviews for SPE's various journals. This group of committed volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, service and operator companies, and consultants from around the world.
As a result of the government's energy reforms, OTC Brasil is a timely venue for investment opportunities in the country. In fact, the nation's top energy executives will speak about Brazil's many offshore opportunities during next month's OTC Brasil. Pedro Parente, Petrobras CEO; Solange da Silva Guedes, Petrobras E&P Executive Director; and other oil and gas executives, speak at the opening plenary session of OTC Brasil 2017, 24–26 October in Rio de Janeiro.
An international committee of reserves evaluation experts has completed the revision of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS). The SPE Board approved it in June 2018. The updated PRMS is a consensus of input collected from consulting and financial firms, government agencies, E&P companies, a 90-day public comment period, and six sponsoring societies: the World Petroleum Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. Access the Revised Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS).
For us, the SPE Student Chapter at the Mining U., Leoben, Austria, our main task is to organize events for the petroleum engineering and applied geophysics students. We are a group of 15 students active in organizing company presentations, other presentations regarding the petroleum industry, field trips, barbecues, and other events. It is important for us to offer a wide range of events so students can get in touch with petroleum engineering professionals. Many of the speakers are former students and recent graduates of our university. They talk about their early experiences in a petroleum company and give us the opportunity to ask questions, especially about the recruiting process and the first years at their companies.
The agenda focused on career management, interpersonal skills, and engineering topics and hosted a dynamic lineup of speakers, presenters, and discussion leaders for an audience of 41 attendees. William M. Griffin of El Paso Production Co. opened the conference with a talk titled "Lessons Learned--Career Guidance in a Growth Environment." Griffin discussed the importance of integrity, work ethic, attitude, interpersonal skills, and competency as they relate to young professionals in the industry. Further insight was provided on the topic of skills in career development by George King of BP and Todd Montgomery of Anadarko Petroleum, who made presentations illustrating specific skill sets and attributes for young engineers looking for career advancement opportunities. The EEC Interpersonal Skills Sessions featured Bridget Mueller of the U. of Houston in a talk titled "Attitude vs. Aptitude: Primed for Promotion" and Walt Palen of BP on the topic of "Knowledge Management."
On 15 February 2006, the Ambassador Lecturer Pilot Program kicked off at Delft U. of Technology, Faculty of Earth Sciences. The event was hosted by Nicolaas Boot, President of the SPE Student Chapter Delft. About 25 graduates and PhD students attended the event. The lecture was presented by three young professionals who gave personal insight on their past and future careers in the E&P industry. Ambassador Lecturer Eric Kreft started his presentation by setting the scene of today's global energy industry and projecting the future work environment and opportunities for new employees.
During 22–23 July, 15 members of the SPE London Young Professionals (YP) group met for a sunny weekend on the Isle of Wight for an engineering/geology field trip. John Cole from BG Group led the tour, and his experience in the area was greatly appreciated. The Isle is located near Portsmouth on the south coast of England, and it shows exposed examples of a wide range of geological formations. This includes the Lower Cretaceous Wealden beds through to the Greensand formations, chalk, clays, and into the Oligocene Bembridge limestone. Tertiary inversion of an earlier east/west extensional fault system has created a large monoclinal structure running across the length of the island.