Petroleum Engineering Alumni Newsletter - May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The spring semester ended on May 5th with commencement. We graduated 37 B.S. students, 7 M.S. students 5 M.Eng. students, and 6 Ph.D. students this semester. Oxy USA sponsored our departmental dinner for the graduating students on May 4th. The chief guest from Oxy was Ed Behm (B.S.’82). Most of our graduating students have jobs; however, a few are still looking. If you know of anyone who is interested in hiring fresh graduates, please let us know and we will be happy to furnish résumés.

TU Students Win at Regional Paper Contest

Yahya Hashemian, Ali Al-Shawaf, and Oliver WilsonThe SPE Rocky Mountain/Mid-Continent/Eastern Region Student Paper Contest was held at Missouri Science & Technology University in Rolla, Missouri on April 16-17.  Five students represented The University of Tulsa’s McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering. Oliver Wilson (shown on right) won first place in the undergraduate division, Ali Al-Shawaf (shown in middle) won the second place in the M.S. division, and Yahya Hashemian (shown on left) won first place in the Ph.D. division. The students who placed first will participate in the International Student Paper Competition at the annual SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas in October. Congratulations to all the students who participated in this contest.

SPE Student Section

The SPE Student Section was active during the spring semester, hosting several events since the last newsletter. On April 4, Elise Carpenter and Kyle Bonney from BP gave a presentation about well intervention and reservoir evaluation.  

 On April 18, Ken McQueen and his group from WPX Energy discussed their new corporate model after parting with the company Williams. 86 members attended.

Graduate Seminars

We were visited by several speakers for graduate seminar series. These speakers include:

  • April 13 - Seung Ihl Kam, Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, gave a presentation on “Two Foam Flow Regimes in Pipes: Experiments and modeling Efforts.” 
  • April 20 - Birol Dindoruk, Ph.D., a Principal Technical Expert/Team Leader in Reservoir Engineering working for Shell International E&P (R&D) since 1997, and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston, Department of Chemical Engineering gave a presentation on “Application of Fractional Flow Theory to Multiphase Flow in Porous Media: EOR Perspective”