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OE17: SPE Awards celebrated

Written by  OE Staff Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:56

More than 55 members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen came together last night to celebrate the achievements of individuals within the Section.

The awards ceremony, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, saw SPE International President Janeen Judah present North Sea Regional and SPE Aberdeen awards to those who have shown commitment to enhancing SPE activities over the last 12 months.

Colin Black, one of SPE Aberdeen’s directors, received a commendation. Black is also set to receive the SPE International Outstanding Service Award at the organisation’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in San Antonio, Texas, next month. 

Black has been instrumental in embedding the global Energy4Me programme into the Scottish education curriculum. Energy4Me aims to promote STEM subjects and educate the oil and gas industry’s next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists and managers. He also played a major role in bringing the highly successful NASA in Aberdeen initiative to the city this year, as well as securing it for the next three years.

Further winners on the night included:

SPE Aberdeen Section Awards

Chris Stewart (Expro Group), services to the Young Professionals Committee

  • Ritika Pawar (Intertek Group), services to the Student Development Committee
  • Sylvester Ogfoba (Phoenix RDS), services to the Student Development Committee
  • Kenny McAllister (Seal-Tite UK), services to the Programme Committee
  • Mearns & Gill, long term service to the SPE Aberdeen Section
  • Diane Wood (SPE Aberdeen Section Manager), long term service to the SPE Aberdeen Section
  • Heriot Watt University, SPE Aberdeen Student Chapter Award (with University of Dundee highly commended)

SPE Regional Awards

  • Steve Cromar (formerly ConocoPhillips, now retired), Regional Service Award for services to the SPE Aberdeen Section
  • Richard Cooper (TauRx Therapeutics), Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award
  • Neil Armstrong (Merlin ERD), Drilling Engineering award
  • Professor Eric Mackay (Heriot Watt University, Institute of Petroleum Engineering), Production and Operations Award

Ian Phillips, SPE Aberdeen Chairman, said: “The SPE Aberdeen Section has grown to become one of the most successful in the world, and for our volunteers to run our busy annual programme in tandem with their day jobs demonstrates just how committed they are.”

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