AAPG KFUPM Chapter
AAPG-KFUPM Student Chapter
Since its foundation in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has become the academic pillar of the worldwide scientific community. The original objectives of the AAPG namely to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire the highest professional conduct, still are prevalent and guide the organization today.
As the world's premier professional association for explorationists, AAPG is about the science of petroleum geology. It's also about the people. AAPG's membership is made up of about 40,000 members in 129 countries in the upstream energy industry. AAPG provides the network of communications that allow those professionals to succeed, collaborate and compete – all with the goal of providing the means for humankind to prosper.
Its wide range of services provided to members include technical publications, bespoke conferences and diverse educational opportunities for geoscientists – as well as divulging current topical geological information to the wider public and interested parties.
As members to AAPG – KFUPM Student Chapter is proud to be an integral part of an organization that has economic, environmental and societal value. As part of our commitment to AAPG, the KFUPM Student Chapter has since 2011 been regularly profiling our activities and events that promote educational and professional excellence within the discipline of petroleum geology. We also take a keen interest in monitoring fellow chapters’ achievements worldwide with a view to assessing KSA feasibility for such innovative practices.
SPE KFUPM Chapter
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a non-profit professional organization created with two key specific objectives. The first core purpose is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge connected with the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for key stakeholder benefit. The second deliverable is to provide a range of opportunities for professionals and students alike to enhance their technical knowledge and performance with the purpose of enhancing their future career aspirations and growth potential.
The SPE provides Student Chapters from around the world and sets up an operating framework for SPE activities university-wide on a global scale. Student members elect officers annually and each SPE Chapter is sponsored by an individual SPE section. One of the most vibrant and informative Student Chapters is that offered by King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, which was established in 1996 and has currently more than 400 members including students, junior and senior professionals, and professors. It is recognized for its quality and international best practice research and academic prowess that both extends beyond The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and ingratiates itself with global academic peers.
KFUPM students participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities organized through the SPE Student Chapter and all activities function under the auspices of the SPE International. The Chapter’s objectives are of a technical as well as a social nature that revolves around affording students an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with fellow members, arranging excursions to industrial sites, and organizing seminars on some of the Chapter’s technical activities. Cultural events include students’ get-togethers, summer picnics, sports activities and tailored participation in the Annual Career Day at KFUPM and the SPE Upstream Career Day.
As befits an international professional organization, the SPE has performance-measured aims, mission and vision factored deep within its structure and means of operating. These can be defined as follows:
The AIMS of the Chapter is to furnish students and fellow members with an enhanced understanding of the oil and gas industry by exposing them to new technologies and developments occurring in the petroleum industry. These aims are delivered through bespoke seminars, value-added field trips and participation at high-profile industry-specific events. The Chapter aims to instill in students a strong sense of teamwork, effective interpersonal communication skills and an ethos of partnership that will serve them well throughout their careers within the Industry.
The MISSION that underpins and drives the success criteria of the Chapter is to foster the qualities of creativity, sense of community and contribution to society, promote the economic and financial importance of The Industry and cultivate and evolve technical and personal skills development amongst members.
The Chapter’s VISION is distilled into three important objectives; to exceed expectations in serving our student community, to make a valuable contribution to society and to be recognized as a “Centre of Student Chapter Excellence” both now and in the future.
eMentorship is a distance mentoring program that enables participants to communicate at their convenience and across different time zones. The program also gives SPE members a chance to contribute to the E&P industry by sharing industry insights and practical career advice with young professionals, or by helping university students with academic and career direction. Young professionals also have the unique opportunity to serve as mentors to students. It’s easy to communicate via email, Skype, LinkedIn or other social media. The SPE-KFUPM Student Chapter attended the first meeting for the eMentorship Program held in Petroleum Engineering Department at KFUPM on Feb. 2016.