Young Professionals - Are You Missing Opportunities and Fun?

What is a Young Professional (YP)? Do you know about the Gulf Coast Section YP program? Have you attended any YP events?

YP programs identify, engage, and develop SPE members 35 years old and younger, as well as other industry newcomers, by providing relevant technical education and networking opportunities. To be designated a YP, there is nothing to join—it’s automatic with your membership. The GCS has 3,000 members classified as Young Professionals.

Our YP board consists of 16 SPE GCS members with less than 10 years of experience, with a new board selected each year. This group develops YP events including professional development dinners and networking socials which give you opportunities to expand skill sets and build relationships with others in the oil and gas industry. The YP board also develops events that “give back” through educational outreach and community service initiatives, helping you become well-rounded in both your career and personal lives. If your passion is sports, the YP also engages in many coed intramural events, including flag football, basketball, and volleyball.

Check our Web site calendar ( regularly for events; you can register to receive YP e-mail blasts on future events (Services > My Record > Groups > YP Committee, second page of groups). You will need to set up a login ID and password. For this, you will need your SPE member number, which is on the mailing label on the back cover.

In addition to YP activities, the YP board stewards major events such as:

  • PetroBowl - a tournament-style contest, held each year at the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, in which university teams test their knowledge of SPE and the oil and gas industry.
  • Roughneck Camp - an introduction to the oil field for summer interns held each summer
  • Emerging Engineers Conference - new employees receive exposure to career development skills and emerging industry technologies that will help build a solid foundation for a promising career in energy; followed by a golf tournament.

If you attend YP events, great! If not, the YP board would like your input to improve content, locations, and communication. If you are classified as a young professional, you may have received a survey a few weeks ago asking for input on YP functions. If you didn’t receive a survey and would like to comment, or haven’t submitted your input, contact YP Chair Richard Rinaldi, Chevron, at or (832) 854-4023. For SPE International YP information, visit

If you want to mix fun and hard work, apply for the YP board this spring. Need more information? Go to (Committees > Young Professionals) where you’ll find a presentation on the 2008–09 board which includes descriptions of various board positions and the time requirements for each.

Don’t miss the opportunities and fun.

Until next month....