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September Newsletter

Workshops, General Meeting and Conference ahead!

We hope you're all having a great September! If you haven't renewed your SPE International membership for the year or you're new to UH and SPE, please do so hereMembership is still free through Chevron's generous Corporate Sponsorship for those who qualify. Please make sure to choose the University of Houston Student Chapter. Being an SPE International member grants you several opportunities for career growth and enhancement at the local and international level.

Professional Development Workshop: So You Want To Be A Petroleum Engineer?

Where: UH Campus, UC South, Room 214 (Space City)
When: Monday, September 14, 2015, 10AM - 3PM

Event Details: 
This workshop is designed to help aspiring students by equipping them with the necessary skills to succeed as a petroleum engineer covering interview strategies, professional development, and professional conduct. Attendees will get a chance to engage with our guest speaker and have one-on-one sessions to discuss their resume and ask one-on-one questions. The event is free to all interested students however seating is limited to 40 individuals.

Event Schedule

10AM – Keynote Presentation
11AM – Group Discussion
12PM – 3PM 15-minute individual sessions with guest speaker

About the Keynote Speaker
Dr. Farhad Ghassemi, P.E. is a senior consultant based in Houston in the Reserves/Resources Assurance and Reporting team for Shell Upstream International Finance in The Hague, Netherlands.

With more than 30 years of experience in the industry in companies including Conoco, ConocoPhillips and Shell, Dr. Ghassemi holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a registered professional engineer. Dr.Ghassemi has published numerous SPE and SPEE papers and holds several US patents. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and a 30-year member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

To attend the workshop, please RSVP by clicking below.
RSVP for Workshop

UH Engineering BOS Party 2015

Where: UH Cullen College of Engineering Front Lawn
When: September 17, 2015, 5PM - 9PM

Event Details: 
Join in us for the Annual BOS (Beginning of Semester) Party! This is a great opportunity for engineering students to kick off the new semester and have a little fun before we hit the books. Come mix and mingle with other students and company representatives. SPE will have a table for new and existing students to stop by and, as always, we are looking for volunteers.
Register to Volunteer

UHSPE 1st General Meeting

Where: UH ERP Building 4, Room 110
When: September 21, 2015, 5PM - 9PM

Event Details: 
Come meet your 2015-2016 UH SPE Board and hear all about upcoming events and new opportunities to get involved with SPE. Our guest speaker will be Lonnie McDade from Phoenix Energy, who will be talking about how to survive in a down market. We will end the meeting with an exciting competition between teams vying for the honor of representing UH SPE in the 2016 PetroBowl. As always food and drinks will be provided.

Mr. McDade, a Petroleum Engineer, has over 35 years of experience serving the upstream domestic and international oil and gas industry. He began his career with Amoco Production in the Gulf of Mexico serving as both production and development engineer.  Following Amoco, Mr. McDade worked as an Area Manager for and independent E&P company throughout the Mid Continent, Permian, Sacramento, and Rocky Mountain regions. He then joined British Petroleum and served as the Manager of Reservoir Engineering, Acquisitions, and Technical Manager for Europe as well as UK Land and Manager of Production and Operations on the North Slope of Alaska.

Mr. McDade has served as a technical consultant for firms such as the Scotia Group and Deloitte Consulting with marquee clients such as:  Schlumberger, Chevron, GE, Southern Cal Edison, Nippon, Texaco, Boeing, and Pemex among others.  He continues as an advisor to several major and minor independents as well as several premier legal and investment firms in the domestic and international markets.

Mr. McDade has a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University and Advanced Management form Duke University.
RSVP to Attend

2015 ATCE

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center
When: September 28-30, 2015, 8AM - 5PM
Cost: Before September 24 $60, After September 24, $70 for SPE International Student Members (Student membership is free if you qualify)

Event Details: 
The 2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition is the leading event of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This premier event in oil and gas exploration and production covers the upstream aspects of conventional and unconventional resources from across the globe. This is an extensive networking opportunity for students to introduce themselves to industry professionals and build last relationships that is vital for obtaining a job. For more information and registration:
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SPE Cares: A New ATCE Community Service Initiative and Competition

With ATCE being the largest conference for SPE members, it is a great opportunity for many of us to give back to the community that graciously hosts us for the week. Active involvement in local community service also encourages positive press for the oil and gas industry. Therefore, is the SPE Gulf Coast Section is launching a new initiative as part of ATCE 2015 known as SPE Cares. The SPE Cares Committee encourages community service and networking among SPE members from around the world as we gather for the largest SPE meeting held here in Houston, the Oil Capital of the World. 

To kick off this initiative, there will be a community service competition from September 26-29, 2015 among all Student Chapters and Sections of SPE. Students and professionals will represent their Chapter or local Section while volunteering, log their hours on the printable sheet attached, and have their hours signed by one of the SPE Cares Committee members or the main points of contact at the volunteering venues below. The top three Student Chapters and Sections will be recognized in the next issue of The Way Ahead magazine and be eligible for a prize.

Our main volunteering event for SPE Cares is with the Gulf Coast Section’s Community Service Committee Galveston Beach Cleanup on Saturday, September 26, from 8AM to noon. We also encourage local volunteers to drive visiting SPE members from the convention center to the beach and back for this event. 

Drivers will be able to log the hours spent driving to Galveston and back for the community service competition. If you can help carpool, please sign up at the link below and confirm how many volunteers you can take (not including yourself):

Other venues for community service around the convention center are:
  • Rebuilding Together Houston (1215 Gazin St, Houston, TX 77020)
  • Houston Food Bank (2445 North Freeway, Houston, Texas 77009)
  • Highland Park Center Nursing Home (2714 Morrison St, Houston, TX 77009)
  • Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen (2009 Congress Ave., Houston, TX 77002)

So as to not conflict with the Beach Cleanup, only the hours served after noon on September 26 at the above venues will be counted toward the competition. The deadline to turn in HARD COPIES of volunteer hours is on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 6PM AT THE FRONT REGISTRATION DESK.Please join us in giving back to the local community this year, and we hope you will also join SPE Cares at other ATCE locations in the future! If you have any questions, please email Yogashri Pradhan and Aniruddh Guru at For questions about the Beach Clean Up event, please email Sean Thompson at and
Register to Participate

PetroBowl Stage 1 Extension

Don't worry if you couldn't make it to PetroBowl on Thursday, September 10th. We are extending PetroBowl to Tuesday, September 15th. PetroBowl will be held at ERP Computer Lab from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. 
Below is the link to sign up for the event one more time. Visit for more information.
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