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Regional Award Winner: Allen Shook

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Chairman's Corner May 2008

Finishing Fast May is usually the last month with a full events calendar before most of our study groups and committees take a well-deserved break during the summer. That does not mean we taper, rather we finish with a flourish! Check out our events—a major conference, continuing education courses, and study group opportunities to learn about a new (or new to you) technology, expand your knowledge, teach students about our profession, and network with your peers: Digital Energy Conference — "More Bytes and More Barrels" The 8th annual SPE Gulf Coast Section Digital Energy Conference will be held May 20–21 at the Marriott Westchase. This major conference focuses on leading edge applications of computing and communications technology specifically for the upstream oil and gas business. The packed agenda is very impressive, so if you sometimes feel like a "digital explorer …

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. …