The UL student chapter of the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has again been selected as the 2010 Outstanding Student Chapter in North America. Their award will be officially presented at the ATCE 2010 in Florence, Italy, where a number of UL students will be in attendance.

The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition is SPE's premier technical conference. It brings together the latest technologies and best practices through high-level speakers, a peerselected technical program covering every discipline, and the latest products and services from E&P companies.

Each year SPE recognizes one student chapter from each of its seven organizational regions. This year’s winners are:

  • Africa – Enugu State University, Enuga, Nigeria
  • Asia – UPN Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Europe – TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany
  • Latin America – University of Trinidad and Tobago, Couva, Trinidad
  • Middle East – Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India
  • North AmericaThe University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Russia/Caspian – Kazakh National Technical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Outstanding Student Chapter (OSC) awards recognize student chapters whose programs, activities and levels of participation during a single academic year distinguish them from their peers. The UL chapter has been active in university activities and has worked closely with the professional chapter of SPE on numerous activities. Twenty‐three students will represent the UL SPE Student Chapter at ATCE in Florence and will be present at the Student General Session on Sunday, September 19th when the OCS winners are announced. The UL SPE Student Chapter also won this prestigious award in 2008.

In addition to receiving the OSC award, five UL students will compete in the “PetroBowl IX” which matches 24 SPE student chapter teams against each other in a tournament style fast‐paced quiz competition. Teams are challenged to answer both technical and non‐technical
questions associated with the oil and gas industry. This event is hosted annually by the Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals and has grown in size and popularity each year since its introduction in 2002. Petrobowl IX will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010 in the Firenze Fiera Convention Center. Competitors include teams from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University–Nigeria; China University of Petroleum–Beijing; Colorado School of Mines–USA; Delft University of Technology–The Netherlands; Kazakh National Technical University–Kazakhstan; King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals—Saudi Arabia; Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro—
Brazil; Suez Canal University—Egypt, University of Alberta—Canada; and the University of Louisiana—USA.

The UL team includes Blake Broussard, Stephen Davis, Edward Evans, Nikolos Manesh and Robert Rodriguez. The complete listing of UL Petroleum Engineering students who will be traveling to Italy includes Malik Attar, Edward Evans, Jenn Osten, Allison Sheets, James Berry, Mike Guzman, Jeremy Pye, Heath Sonnier, Bilel Boukadi, Nik Manesh, Adam Ray, Trisha Suire, Blake Broussard, Babette Moreau, Patrick Ray, Peter Vo, Stephen Davis, Mahdi Namvar, Eric Reyes, Huan Wang, Jonathan Dupuis, Jenny Nelson, Robert Rodriguez, and Taylor Williams.

SPE is a leading industry professional organization whose mission is to further the dissemination and exchange of technical knowledge and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.

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