Message From The Chair

OCEC Honors LASPE Members with Engineering Awards, Upcoming WRM offering a great program, classes and exhibits

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

We were honored by the Orange County Engineering Council by having four LASPE members and two USC SPE members receive awards at their February 17th Awards Banquet (pages 16-18). Dr. Iraj Ershaghi of USC was chosen for the James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year Award. In addition to all his remarkable accomplishments in Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Ershaghi has been a great friend to the LASPE. He has always been there to contribute his time and effort to help make our Section successful. The OCEC made a great selection in honoring Dr. Ershaghi with this prestigious award.

Scott McGurk was chosen for the Outstanding Engineering Merit Award. Scott has had a distinguished career as a petroleum engineer working on projects in just about every oil field in the Los Angeles Basin. Besides his professional career, Scott has made a significant contribution to the LASPE including being our Chair in 2006/2007.

Steve Shryock has just completed a 38-year career with Chevron. He has led the development of huge projects around the world including being the sub-surface manager for the $54 Billion Gorgon Project off the Australian coast. Steve has also been a great asset for both the LASPE and the USC SPE. He is currently mentoring the USC Petro Bowl students for their upcoming competition. Steve was awarded the Outstanding Engineering Merit Award for his accomplishments and contributions. JR Smoyer was awarded the Outstanding Young Engineer Award. JR has helped Tiger Wireline advance its presence in the Los Angeles Basin. In addition to his professional work in the energy industry, JR has been an active Board Member of the LASPE. He is the Chair of our Annual Charity Golf Tournament and leads our Young Professional events.

Kyler Correia and Ahmed Mohamed from USC each received the Outstanding Engineering Student Award. Kyler is an outstanding student, a leader at the USC SPE, and has also been very helpful to us at the LASPE for our various events. Ahmed is this year’s USC SPE President and has led the chapter in a wide varied amount of activities. He has been of great assistance to our SPE section as well.

Our Western Regional Meeting from April 22 to 27 is right around the corner. Besides the excellent papers, interesting exhibits, and informative panel discussions, we are offering a great selection of short courses on April 22nd and 23rd. The classes include a “Practical Course on Waterflooding", "Professional Engineering Examination Overview for Petroleum Engineering", "Facilities Sand Management for the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry", "Oil and Gas Pipelines, Facilities, and California Regulatory Requirements", "Well Abandonment and Well Construction Site Review", "Reserves Assessment in Matured Assets", "Assessment of Petroleum Properties", "Industrial IOT’s – Oilfield Automation at Lower Total Cost of Ownership", "Everyone Can Be a Leader: How to Influence with or Without Authority", and "Reciprocal Mentoring: Building Connections That Make a Difference!". So as you can see there is quite a good selection from which to choose.

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2017