The Western Australia Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE WA) provides scholarships annually to support Western Australian university students specialising in fields of study that will lead to a professional career in petroleum engineering.
In 2015, the WA Section of SPE offered three scholarships with a value of $3,500 aimed at engineering students in ultimate and penultimate years of a Bachelor’s degree and students in a Master’s degree pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry. These scholarships are aimed at recognising, encouraging and assisting talented and passionate individuals who are the industry’s up-and-coming energy professionals.
The recipients of the 2015 awards were selected based on academic performance, extra-curricular and volunteer involvements, and demonstrated interest in the oil and gas industry.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 scholarships:
- Michael Song, Curtin University
- Yasmin Smith, Curtin University
- Yuteng Jin, Curtin University
The scholarships were presented by SPE WA 2014-2015 Chairperson, Matthew Flett, at the Technical Lunch and Annual General Meeting on 8th July 2015.
SPE WA 2015 Scholarships Recipient – Michael Song
I am a third year Petroleum Engineering student at Curtin University. I decided to study Petroleum Engineering as it would be an excellent pathway to enter the oil and gas industry. I have a strong interest in all aspects of reservoir engineering, drilling and completions and I believe that my non-technical skill set will allow me to perform very well in the industry. The oil and gas industry very exciting to me because it provides opportunities to work on large scale projects and the possibility to work abroad and travel. In the short term I would love to gain any oil and gas related work experience through internships or a formal vacation program to build my base of knowledge and experience. Early on in my career I would like to be exposed to as much field work as possible to ensure that I have the necessary experience to thrive in the industry. I have a strong interest in drilling and completions and hope to pursue a position in this area. In the long term however, I would like to work for an international oil and gas company where I can utilize my language skills (Korean) to make positive contributions to both my company and the oil and gas industry. There is high demand for LNG in Asia and I believe I can become a valuable team member who would have a high level of technical, communication and language skills to contribute to projects. Receiving the SPE WA 2015 Scholarship is a great honour as I have never received a scholarship before. I feel extremely grateful to receive it and I intend to use my funding to further facilitate my professional development by attending more technical events, seminars and networking opportunities.
SPE WA 2015 Scholarships Recipient – Yasmin Smith
My name is Yasmin Smith and I’m currently in my penultimate year of completing a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Curtin University. I have been an SPE member since 2013 and have had the opportunity to experience the plethora of educational and networking opportunities the SPE provides its members. Over the past two years my SPE International mentors have given me great industry insight. Through them I’ve come to understand what it’s like working for both service companies and operators; and the broad range of experiences on offer to engineers. They’ve shown me how much room for advancement there is within the energy sector and highlighted the social benefit that will arise through improving the efficiency and sustainability of projects. The opportunity to be on the forefront of this with a career in the petroleum sector is exciting and something I strive to obtain. Additionally, the industry has a reputation for placing heavy emphasis on continued education and development. As I enjoy learning and problem solving a career requiring quick thinking and good analytical skill appeals to me. My long term career objective is to become an effective leader within the energy industry, by inspiring those around me and working as responsible, innovatively, and safely as possible. I would like my career to facilitate large amounts of travel, the opportunity to go offshore, continuous education and training, and the opportunity to positively contribute to the communities in which I work.
Receiving the SPEWA 2015 Scholarship has been a symbol to me of this organisations belief and investment in me as a future leader in the Oil & Gas sector. I have no doubt this support will be of great assistance in my endeavours to secure both Vacation and Graduate employment. Through the financial resources this scholarship has provided me, I’ve been given the opportunity to commit more time to not only my studies, thesis and extra-curricular activities by minimising the need for part-time work.
SPE WA 2015 Scholarships Recipient – Yuteng Jin
My name is Yuteng Jin. I’m in penultimate year of Curtin University and I’m studying Petroleum Engineering (Undergraduate). Since petroleum is the blood of industry, it plays an important role in social and economy. It’s a great honor to be a petroleum engineer who is responsible for the continuous production of petroleum. In the recent years, with the depletion of onshore oil & gas, producing oil & gas offshore becomes more and more important. But this burgeoning area is still facing many problems. That makes me eager to learn relative knowledge to solve these practical problems.
After graduation, I plan to study for a master’s degree on Subsea Engineering to gain more knowledge about offshore petroleum production. Then I hope that I can join an oilfield service company and become a field engineer dealing with field problems. I would like to work on the safe production of oil & gas from subsea with the minimum environmental effect. I’ll get familiar with oil & gas industry and gain experience during the first few years. In the meanwhile, I’ll keep learning and developing myself better. And finally I hope I can become an expert in oil & gas industry. I’ll serve the petroleum industry with my experience and expertise.
I feel very grateful to be a recipient of the SPE WA Scholarship 2015. As the best award to recognize my effort , the scholarship fully confirmed my current academic achievement. There’s no doubt that this scholarship will motivate my further study and remind me to work harder and be fully prepared for my career.