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Distinguished Lecturer Presentation : Sameeh Batarseh

Laser Technology in Petroleum Engineering-It is Time to Bring Lab Success Downhole


When: Thursday, March 10, 10:30 AM (social hour at 10:00am)

Where: One Hampshire Street, Schlumberger - Doll Research, Cambridge, MA, 02139

Room: A200

RSVP is required to attend: Please RSVP to Bilgin at


The oil and the gas industry has attempted for many years to find acceptable non-damaging alternatives in well completion and stimulation to maximize well productivity and overall reserve recovery. Researchers have been targeting high power laser technology for its potential to revolutionize the industry in many of the upstream applications providing non-damaging alternative to conventional downhole technologies.

Laboratory research has proven the applicability of using high power lasers to drill through all types of rocks under simulated reservoir conditions and at high efficiency. Many objectives related to improvement in fluid flow and production, faster drilling and enhanced perforations among others can be achieved using this technology. Although it has been demonstrated that high power lasers can efficiently drill through rock formations at various surface and in-situ conditions, there are several challenges that should be evaluated and overcome before in-situ lasing becomes economically viable. One of the major challenges is conveying high power laser energy from the surface to a downhole target via fiber optics. Transmitting high power laser beam energy into long distance entails large energy losses due to attenuation and thermal accumulation.

Saudi Aramco has developed an R&D roadmap with a commitment to provide the industry with promising technology that is technically viable, economically attractive and environmentally friendly. This presentation will cover past, present and future of the project.



Sameeh earned the first PhD in this discipline from the Colorado School of Mines.  Currently he is leading unconventional research team and heading high power laser research at Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center - Advanced Research Center (ARC) of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran Saudi Arabia. He led a research team on high power laser technology in petroleum engineering at different organizations researches several applications for high lasers since its inception, including perforation, fracturing and drilling with an emphasis on unconventional reservoirs. Batarseh served in different SPE sections including SPE executive advisory committee, SPE program committee member, session chair and officer/board member of the San Joaquin California Section. He has 42 publications, holds 13 patents (8 in progress), and has conducted and organized several SPE technical workshops.


We are excited to announce that we have a brand new student chapter in NYNE SPE - Columbia University!

This is our first student chapter in NYC, and we hope this will lead to more events in The Big Apple.  See the upcoming Distinguished Lecture Event for our first NYC event!

If you are interested in joining the Columbia University Chapter or finding out more information, check out their awesome webpage:




2016-17 DL Speakers: The 'Most Wanted'



Please find below the 10 Distinguished Lecture Speakers who received the top number of votes for our 2016-2017 speakers.  This list will be submitted to SPE, and we will let you know when we get our DL assignments.


Thanks to everyone who submitted their votes!



DL Lecturer

Title if the talk


Ian Walton

The Role of Natural Fractures in Shale Gas Production: What Does Production Data Tell Us?


Isabela Falk

Improving Reservoir Simulation Modeling with Seismic Attributes


Reidar B. Bratvold

Creating Value from Uncertainty and Flexibility


Daniel Yang

The Value and the Danger of Complex Reservoir Simulations


Steve Morice

Borehole Seismic Solutions for Integrated Reservoir Characterization and Monitoring


Basak Kurtoglu

Creating a Worldwide Unconventional Revolution Through a Technically Driven Strategy


Ed Grave

Verifying Performance and Capability of New Technology for Surface and Subsurface Facilities


Frans van den Berg

The Digital Oilfield - Collaborative Working at Global Scale


Kevin Fisher

Integration from Multiple Disciplines in Horizontal Well Evaluations to Increase Production in Organic Rich Shales


Frank Blaskovich

Energy Policy: Is it Effective? Is it Fair?



What: SPE- Distinguished Lecturer Presentation by Duane McWay

Title: The Value of Assessing Uncertainty- What You Do Not Know can Hurt You

When: 10:30am, May 16,  2016

Where: A200, Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, MA



Join us to elect your 2016-2017 SPE-NYNE officers!

11:00am, April 22, 2016

Schlumberger -Doll Research, Cambridge, MA


Meet Jing Yang!


Jing Yang is an Associate Scientist at Schlumberger-Doll Research (SDR) in Cambridge MA. She works in the reservoir geosciences department, developing novel methods to study unconventional resources such as oil shale and gas shale at nanoscale.

Jing earned her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard in 2014 and Bachelor of Science from University of Science and Technology of China in 2008. She is actively involved with energy communities at Harvard while she completed the 2-year program of Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment, which provided her a broad exposure on energy issues. She enjoys back-packing, watching musicals, and skiing besides working.



A War Of Attrition: Energy In A State Of Flux

Dr. Anthony Yuen, Director, Global Energy Strategist Citi Research

  • Gas-on-Gas Competition
  • Shale Gas vs. Renewables – Who Will Win Out?
  • A Global War of Attrition in the Oil Market – Who Will Buckle First?


Friday, November 6, 2015 

10:00am to 11:00am

MIT 3-133


About the Speaker:

Anthony is Global Energy Strategist and also leads global macro and quantitative research within the Commodities Strategy group. He conducts research on oil, gas, power, coal, renewables and emissions, and has published on the US shale revolution, gas and oil exports, nuclear in Japan, peak coal in China, Russia-China gas and climate issues, among others. Widely cited in the media, including the Bloomberg, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal etc, he also was a reviewer of IEA’s World Energy Outlook and has advised the US Energy Information Administration. Before Citi, he worked at McKinsey & Company and Constellation Energy's Global Commodities Group, one of the largest physical/financial trading operations in North America. He previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and was a faculty member of Columbia University. He received his undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees (electrical/computer/photonics) from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.