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Chairman's Corner March 2008

GOT HELP? Enrollments are up in almost all petroleum engineering departments across the country and K-12 outreach programs like those conducted here in the Gulf Coast Section are stimulating increased interest for future engineering and geosciences students. However, the growth of one of the most important components of attracting and retaining students in our profession is lagging – internship programs. Summer internship programs serve many vital functions, especially providing the students real-world application and thus greater understanding of their rigorous classroom work. This makes them better students, motivates them to continue, and enhances their interest in our industry. I am sure many of you can testify to this fact. In turn, our companies receive better-trained graduates who make a rapid transition from student to productive engineer or geoscientist. Not to mention the very valuable work product they can offer during their internship! Many larger companies in the …


Chairman's Corner February 2008

We're a Sporty Group Here we are in the dead of winter, and, of all things, I want to talk about golf, tennis, and shooting. Of course, in Houston our winters are not really very “dead,” we are fortunate to get the chance to participate in these and other outdoor activities almost all year long. I would like to highlight those special SPE GCS events that take us outside and give us the chance to socialize with our fellow SPE members while also enjoying one or more of our hobbies. Social interaction is an explicit component of the Gulf Coast Section’s by-laws, mission statement, strategic plan, and three-year plan. While certainly every study group meeting, continuing education course, workshop, or conference you attend in the GCS has a social component, the sporting events are usually what we refer to when …


Chairman's Corner January 2008

Calling All Scouts "Happy New Year!" to everyone—I hope that each of you was able to take extended time off to be with family and friends and recharge for 2008. Last year was certainly an interesting time for our profession, with oil prices approaching $100 per barrel. Opinions on where prices will go are numerous; most people tend to agree we have entered a new regime in which the lowest forecasts are higher than any of us would have guessed 10 years ago. I am proud to be part of a profession and industry that, despite the historic commodity prices, continues to take a cautious, technically-based, and generally conservative approach to investment and personnel decisions. Your membership and active participation in SPE is testimony to your commitment to helping our industry maintain the highest standards of technical expertise and professionalism. …