The international Society of Petroleum Engineers dates all the way back to 1957, when it was founded as a constituent society of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME). The SPE was later separated and distinguished as independent organization in 1985, one that prides itself on addressing the technical interests and embracing the cultural diversity of its ever growing community of students and professionals. You can find more information on the history of this esteemed global society here: http://www.spe.org/about/history.php
As for the history of the SPE student chapter at Texas A&M University at Qatar; it was established back in the 1st of January 2007 and celebrates its 10-year anniversary this academic year, a true milestone for our chapter. During this past decade, the organization has taken massive strides in terms of its exposure to both students and professionals regionally and globally. Operating as one of the key chapters in the State of Qatar and the Middle East/North Africa Section, the chapter prides itself on continuously qualifying to the ATCE Petrobowl finals and has won several awards; most notably the outstanding student chapter award three consecutive times in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Our mission is to indulge as many students as we can in the organization, to ensure a better involvement with the oil and gas industry through providing them with internships, field trips, conferences and workshops.
The purpose of this chapter is to improve the professional and technical skills for engineering students and enhance their exposure to the oil & gas industry.
Awards & Honors
Outstanding Student Chapter Award – 2015
SPE – TAMUQ won the 2015 Outstanding Student Chapter Award of the year at the 2015 ATCE Chapter Award Ceremony held in Houston, TX.
Outstanding Student Chapter Award – 2016
SPE – TAMUQ won the 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the second consecutive year at the 2016 ATCE Chapter Award Ceremony held in Dubai, UAE
Qualification of the TAMUQ Petrobowl team to the 2016 ATCE
The Petrobowl team consisting of Mohamad Abdel Ghani, Dawood Hjeij, Khalid Saifaldeen, Elsiddig Elhafyan and Abdul Saboor Khan have won first place the the Middle East 2016 regional and have guaranteed a spot at the annual Petrobowl at the 2016 ATCE in Dubai. This was hailed as an improvement from when the Petrobowl team of TAMUQ achieved second place at the 2015 Middle East Region Qualifier.
Qualification of the TAMUQ Petrobowl team to the 2017 ATCE
The Petrobowl team comprised of Khalid Saifaldeen, Mohamed Al Balushi, Mohamed Idris and Nicola Cardena finished tight runners-up at the 2017 MEOS Regional Qualifier in Bahrain; guaranteeing thereby a spot at the 2017 ATCE in San Antonio, Texas. Convincingly defeating the likes of the Indian Petroleum Institute and the American University of Cairo in their road to the final, our team managed to continue a proud tradition of qualifying to the annual Petrobowl finals.