Message From The Chair

College student assistance, Students at SPE ATCE - Dallas, Engineering Scholarships, Dr. Don Paul - October speaker

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

Now that students are back in school and our summer vacations are over, we can swing into the fall season. This month I would like to highlight how we, the Los Angeles Basin SPE, assist college students at USC and Cal State Long Beach. The LASPE sponsors the student SPE chapters at both universities. We provide a Student Liaison to work with them to have a successful program. Steve Shryock (Chevron, retired) is the current liaison. He is working with both chapters to secure speakers for their meetings, organize field trips, correspond with LA SPE Board of Directors, develop a successful Petro Bowl team, and generate ideas for improving their chapters.

LASPE members Dr. Iraj Ershaghi and Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh are the Faculty Advisors at USC and Cal State Long Beach respectively. Both Dr. Ershaghi and Dr. Torabzadeh have taken an active role in making sure that the student SPE chapters remain active and involved. This was an especially difficult task during the industry downturn of 2014-2016. They were able to keep their chapters active and moving forward during these, and previous, trying times.

In September, we provided financial support to over 50 students from USC and Cal State Long Beach to attend the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibit in Dallas, Texas. This is a great opportunity for the students to see oil field technology close up as well as network with industry professionals. The students were able to interact with the many oil operators and service companies participating in the Conference.

This month we are awarding scholarships to engineering students from these colleges. Our scholarship committee, led by Brian Tran and Ryan Kwong, were able to make a good selection from the deserving candidates that applied. The LASPE is pleased that we can help students achieve their academic goals. We are fortunate to have as our October speaker will Dr. Don Paul, the Executive Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Southern California. Before his talk Dr. Paul and Dr. Steve Cheung, our SPE Regional Director - North America (, will help award the 2018 LA SPE Scholarships.

See you at our October 9th luncheon!

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2017