SPE has student chapters around the world that provide an operating framework for society activities at a university level. Each student chapter is sponsored by a local, professional section and has the support of their university department. Applications for new student chapters are reviewed three times a year: 15 February, June, and October. You may refer to the student chapter operations manual and eligibility requirements listed below. At least 25 student members on the petition must be enrolled in a three-year degree program related to the upstream oil and gas industry or a two-year degree specific to petroleum engineering.
Local sections exist within SPE in order to provide a framework for SPE activities within set boundaries. The following requirements must be met and submitted to SPE International by the 15th day of February, June or October. Membership Student chapters must have a minimum of 25 student members enrolled in the university with at least 25 students not graduating within one year of establishment. Jurisdiction Student chapters must be named for and located at a single university. Student chapters must be at a university that offers a three-year degree program related to the upstream oil and gas industry or a two-year degree specifically in petroleum engineering.
The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. A fundamental principle underpins this course: securing and maintaining license to operate (as well as growing the commercial value beyond this minimum threshold) extends well beyond legislative requirements and regulatory permitting. It encompasses not only the mitigation of adverse social and environmental impacts but also the advancement of financial, societal, and environmental benefits via the execution of strong sustainability performance. All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.
The SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty recognizes superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession and/or special effectiveness in advising and guiding students. You are an SPE member. OR You are the department head/dean of any school listed online at Petroleum Engineering and Technology Schools AND You have not nominated any other faculty member for the year. Is a living member of SPE. Has not already received this award.
Rui Vasco Sitoe, associate professor in the petroleum engineering department at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique died 23 February. He was the primary faculty member for the drilling discipline. Sitoe was one of the founders and coordinators of the master’s of science in petroleum engineering program (MSPE) at UEM, the first of its type in Mozambique. The UEM MSPE degree was founded in 2014 as a tripartite partnership among the Mozambique government, Anadarko, and academic stakeholders to establish a world-class, post-graduate program in Mozambique. Sitoe was instrumental in creating and maintaining the program.
Rui Vasco Sitoe, associate professor in the petroleum engineering department at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique died 23 February. He was the primary faculty member for the drilling discipline. Sitoe was one of the founders and coordinators of the master’s of science in petroleum engineering program (MSPE) at UEM, the first of its type in Mozambique. The UEM MSPE degree was founded in 2014 as a tripartite partnership among the Mozambique government, Anadarko, and academic stakeholders to establish a world-class, post-graduate program in Mozambique. In conjunction with industry subject matter experts and petroleum engineering professors from several leading US universities, he built and maintained the curriculum and academic research, and nurtured student engagement—from recruitment to academic counseling, and management of student research.
Ben H. Caudle, SPE, professor emeritus and former chair of The University of Texas at Austin’s Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and a former member of the SPE Board of Directors, died 6 February at the age of 95. A 1943 graduate of the University of Texas with a BS degree in chemistry, Caudle received a PhD in petroleum engineering in 1963, also from the University of Texas. He was a research engineer with Atlantic Refining Co. from 1947 to 1961 and served as a research engineer at the Texas Petroleum Research Committee from 1961 to 1963. He became a member of the faculty at UT Austin in 1963 and served as chair of the department of petroleum engineering from 1963 to 1967. Over the next 4 decades, Caudle led pioneering research at the department, developing numerous new secondary recovery technologies, including water-alternating-gas injection.
The 2019 graduating class of petroleum engineers will mark the last gasp of a boom before a steep drop in the size of future graduating classes coming out of US universities. After a class of nearly 2,000 petroleum engineering graduates next spring, the graduation rate over the next 3 years will fall to less than 1,000 per year, according to an annual survey of US petroleum engineering programs by Lloyd Heinze, a professor at Texas Tech University. The survey includes primarily US universities. The numbers are a direct reflection of the sharp downturn in oil prices that began in 2014 and caused large downsizing among oil and gas operators and service companies. For young engineers looking for jobs after college, it represents a welcome change from the rocky job market faced by graduates after the industry switched into job-cutting mode.