ITB establishes 1st Student Chapter under Society for Petroleum Engineers

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BELAIT

INSTITUT Teknologi Brunei (ITB) has established Brunei's first Student Chapter under the Society for Petroleum Engineers (SC SPE), which will allow ITB petroleum and chemical engineering students to freely access journals and communicate with industry professionals.

Principal Lecturer of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering at ITB Dr Nurul Hasan told _The Brunei Times _yesterday that ITB's SPE SC, which was established last month, currently includes all 60 first and second year students undertaking Petroleum Engineering.

“The establishment of the ITB SC SPE is a huge achievement for ITB and its students because it opens a number of new professional and academic opportunities,” said Dr Nurul Hasan, who is also a member of SPE.

“From an academic point of view it allows for access to a number of journals, supply of books, and forums which allow for questions to be asked from SPE professionals.”

SPE SC also offers a platform for ITB students to interact with Brunei's 200 SPE members, as well as the society's over 100,000 members worldwide.

“Students, through SPE, also have access to the latest up to date information about petroleum engineering and can learn about potential career paths in the industry,” he said.

Dr Nurul Hasan added that in the future, membership to the Student Charter would be opened to all ITB students interested in pursuing careers in the oil and gas industry.

“The membership will be opened to all students of ITB with the criteria that they are interested in the upstream (production and exploration) area in the oil and gas industry,” he said.

Over 50 of ITB's SPE SC made their first study visit to Baker Hughes and Schlumberger in Belait yesterday where they were briefed on the companies' scope of operations.

SPE was first founded in 1957 as a constituent society of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, before becoming a separately incorporated organisation in 1985.

The current chairman of SPE Brunei Section 2015-2017 is Hj Aidiradiman Hj Johan of Brunei Shell Petroleum.

The Brunei Times