Heriot-Watt PhD student receives SPE STAR Fellowship

From left: Anthony Onukwu (SPE Aberdeen Chair 2013/14), Junko Hutahaean, Nurlana Ahmadova, and Helge Haldorsen (SPE International President 2015)

The Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section (SPE ASC) held an exclusive 40th anniversary celebration dinner on Thursday 7 August 2014 at The Chester Hotel, Queen's Road, Aberdeen.

The dinner was held as a token of appreciation for members and in recognition of their continued support throughout the years. The evening of entertainment included an impressive line-up of industry speakers and media representatives, with Helge Haldorsen, Statoil Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio for North America, delivering the keynote speech.

Mr Haldorsen will be the 2015 SPE International President.

Junko Hutahaean, a first year PhD student with Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE), received the STAR Fellowship winner award and is pictured above with his certificate.

The fellowship funding will be used as additional support for Junko's research studies. He has a full scholarship from a Joint-Industry Program (JIP) which includes BG Group, E-ON, JOGMEC and RockFlowDynamics.

His work involves carrying out an integration of reservoir engineering knowledge into assisted history matching for robust uncertainty quantification of reservoir performance and optimization workflows.

He is a member of the Uncertainty Quantification group supervised by Prof. Mike Christie and Dr Vasily Demyanov.

SPE STAR Scholarships and Fellowships

The SPE STAR scholarships and fellowships support those pursuing degrees related to the oil and gas industry until completion of the degree for which awarded, up to a maximum of four years.

SPE dedicates more than one million dollars to be awarded by 16 regions all over the world. All award funding will be distributed in November each year, and all scholars or fellows must maintain their academic performance to meet a high standard set by SPE.

The prestigious SPE STAR Fellowships Award is presented to a member of SPE studying a Doctorate degree who has had an outstanding academic record, along with contribution to the oil and gas industry.

Scholarships are presented to members studying an Undergraduate and Masters degree, both related to the oil and gas industry.

All SPE International scholarship and fellowship recipients will be honoured during the Student General Session and Awards Luncheon in October this year, prior to the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.