Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)

Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)



Our Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers continues to grow and succeed. As the opportunities for oil and

Chemical Engineers, and American Institute of Mechanical Engineers, we hosted a campus-wide barbecue sponsored by BHP Billiton. This event allowed over 350 Mines students to enjoy food and music on a beautiful spring afternoon. We are looking for further opportunities to work with our fellow campus organizations in the coming year.

gas industry professionals

expand, so does our

organization’s scope and

responsibility. Our 2014

roster stands at 310 active

members. Our membership

is dominated by new

undergrads who are eager

CSM SPE Student Chapter President,

Doug Wilson

to participate and learn. Even our leadership has grown; we were recently

able to add a new officer position, Webmaster Co-Chair, to assist our member outreach. We are also mulling some innovative ideas to further engage our members through various media, like Snapchat and YouTube.

The sharp-shooting CSM SPE Sporting Clays competition winners

display their prizes

Our major spring fundraising event, the CSM SPE Sporting Clays Competition, was held last April as well. This event was held at the picturesque Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, in Bennett, Colorado. Our student members were paired with industry professionals for a fun day of competitive clay shooting, with lunch and refreshments. The clay shoot raises money for Chapter operating expenses, and allows our members to interact with experienced engineers in an informal setting.

Our 2013 international champion PetroBowl team, from left to right: Interim

Petroleum Engineering Department Head Dr. William Fleckenstein,

Team Captain Doug Wilson, Murat Syzdykov, Erich Kerr, Stewart Barber,

and Darkhan Maulimgazy

This past semester we hosted ten lunch and learns. These on-campus educational lunches are presented by industry professionals and are easily the most popular and well- attended SPE events. The lunch and learns offer our members many and varied opportunities. Some lunches focus on the work environment and the transition from student to engineering professional. Others focus on technology, business, or industry economics. We have several lunch and learns already scheduled for the upcoming fall semester, and are on track to meet or beat the number of previous years’ events.

Last April, along with fellow campus chapters of the American Association of Drilling Engineers, the American Institute of

March saw our annual Joint Session of the local SPE Section General meeting. We had a record turnout of 175 Denver Section and Mines Chapter attendees on campus, as well as a strong showing of University Administration, to enjoy a fine dinner and technical presentation. The presentation featured an experienced panel of local professionals. On stage were: Stuart Ellsworth, Engineering Manager at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Jerry Sommer, CEO and President of Tekton Energy; Mike Eberhard, Completions Engineering Manager for Anadarko Petroleum; and Doug Hock, Manager of Media Relations for Encana Corporation. These fine gentlemen spoke knowledgeably and thoroughly about local industry challenges in the growing Colorado oil and gas plays.

Overwhelmingly the highlight of the last year, however, was our participation at the 2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held last September in New Orleans. Our Chapter helped organize and sponsor the attendance of over 140 student members. The ATCE is regularly the largest and most diverse SPE-sponsored event. It is home of the premier academic knowledge-bowl competition for petroleum engineering students: PetroBowl. The Colorado School of Mines