2017 SPE-GCS Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet

Thursday, May 25th 

6 - 9 p.m.

Norris Center

City Centre

Red Oak Ballroom



Join the SPE Gulf Coast Section as we celebrate another year of student success, emerging professionals, established industry leaders and long-time members and supporters!  Our theme is TBA.
Every year the Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS) holds a banquet to honor SPE Scholarship recipients, Young Professionals, the SPE Legion of Honor, and the recipients of the SPE Gulf Coast Section North America Regional awards and SPE Gulf Coast Section awards. 
The 2017 SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2016 at the Red Oak Ballroom at the Norris Convention Center, City Centre Houston near the Sam Houston Tollway at I-10 from 6pm to 10pm. 

The SPE- GCS gives over $350,000 annually in scholarships.  The annual SPE-GCS Awards Banquet recognizes the high school seniors and college students who have received an SPE-GCS, Communities In Schools – Houston, or SPE Auxiliary scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  The scholarship recipients and their parents are invited to attend.  This is a great opportunity to welcome outstanding students into the petroleum industry and to make a positive impression on members of the community.  In addition, this event also recognizes our Legion of Honor award recipients as well as our SPE Sectional and Regional award winners.  Members of the Legion of Honor have served SPE for fifty years and will be honored for their long-standing commitment to our professional society.

This year we are especially honored to introduce our keynote speaker:

Nathan Meehan

Speaker: Nathan Meehan

D. Nathan Meehan, 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers president, is senior executive adviser at Baker Hughes, advising executive management on reservoir and geoscience issues. Previously, he was president of CMG Petroleum Consulting, vice president of engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas; and general manager exploration and production at Union Pacific Resources.

He previously served as chairman of the CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation and as director of the Computer Modelling Group, Vanyoganeft Oil Company, Pinnacle Technologies, SPE Board of Directors, and JOA Oil & Gas BV. He served on advisory boards of the University of Texas and the University of Houston and currently serves on the EME industry relations board at Pennsylvania State, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Advisory Board of World Oil.

He received a lifetime achievement award from World Oil in 2016. Meehan also is the recipient of the Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Engineering and the Degolyer Distinguished Service Medal and served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is a licensed professional engineer in four states and has published scores of papers.

Meehan earned a BSc in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.



Emcee: Marc Vandermeer - Voice of the Houston Texans

Additionally we look forward to the return of our emcee Mark Vandermeer, the Voice of the Houston Texans. Marc Vandermeer co-hosts the Drivetimeplayers show with Rich Lord and has worked as the play-by-play voice of the Houston Texans since the franchise began play in 2002. Vandermeer previously worked as the play-by-play voice of the Miami Hurricanes, UMass and Central MichiganUniversity calling National Championship seasons in Football (2001), Baseball (2001) and a Final Four in 1996. He also appears as a guest commentator on the weekly show Texans Huddle on Fox Sports SW and Sports Sunday on KPRC. His extra play-by-play work includes NCAA Tournament games on Westwood One Radio. He graduated from Boston University in 1985. Vandermeer works regularly with many regional charities including Junior Acheivement, Child Advocates, Candlelighters and the VanderTeam.





 The Gulf Coast Section is SPE’s largest section, with the most members of all SPE sections worldwide. This night is your chance to show your support to those of us who are entering the industry, those of us who are leading the industry, and those of us who have spent their lives in the industry.


Sign up to attend or sponsor today! Let everyone know that you support the continued success of the Gulf Coast Section.

*Vegetarian options of pasta and vegetables will be available with the buffet.  Please note any other dietary concerns in the "Comments" section of your registration form.

*Please note in the "Comments" if you prefer to be seated with anyone in particular, and please mention their name(s)..

For more information, please contact our committee chair: Jeremy Viscomi,


Items to Note:

Attire for the event is business.
Valet parking is available for $10.
Garage parking is available.




Letter to Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of this well-attended event.

Letter to Scholarship Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of 2016-17 SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarships

Letter to Internship Sponsors - Information on being a Sponsor of Internships for SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship Students


SPE-GCS SPE Scholarship Fund

This year's SPE-GCS Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet is also a scholarship fundraiser to help the section establish a scholarship endowment fund that will generate enough money for scholaships in perpetuity.

To find more information about our scholarship fund campaign or read testimonials from many of our past SPE-GCS scholarship recipients, please visit the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund website.

To support our local high school students and make a tax-deductible donation towards the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund please visit our donation page.

Thank you for your support!

Position Name Phone
Chair Jeremy Viscomi 785-760-3640
Board Liaison Fady Chaban 832-387-7249
Program Coordinator Shivkumar Patil 713-369-5352
Program Coordinator Susan Howes 713.553.5020
Program Coordinator Prue Smith 949-285-9615