Message From The Chair

Mesa Days, Student Scholarships and North America Student Symposium at USC

Dear Colleagues,

The February 11th luncheon presented by Dr Ershaghi from USC, discussed the challenges and technical questions surrounding Step Rate tests when waterflooding unconsolidated sands. The topic created a lively and energetic discussion in this arena related to California operations. I want to thank Dr Ershaghi for stepping in at the last moment as a substitute speaker and making an effort to make the luncheon talk engaging for us all.

Our March 10th luncheon speaker will be Stuart Heisler, who will present a history of the State of California regulations for designing Oil Field facilities in California, this will be an interesting topic.

A friendly reminder on the educational front it is again that time of the year to support this year’s California Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. MESA Days are rapidly approaching and we need some volunteers for March 7th and March 21st, please see the announcement in this newsletter for the locations and contact details for Scott Hara who is leading this initiative.

The annual application for the LA SPE Scholarships are now out for the students and we encourage all applicable university applicants to apply for these important awards.

Please see the write up by our Regional Director, Steve Cheung who has written about the recent SPE North America Student Symposium where Engineering students from Canadian, Mexican and US Universities participated in the event hosted by USC. The symposium included attending technical talks, the regional Petrobowl competition as well as taking a field trip to THUMS Islands.

For those looking for a career change into education, please take a moment to read the good work done by the EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellowship initiative which transitions professionals from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to becoming middle and high school teachers.

With that said, I hope to see many of you at the luncheon on March 10th at The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815. In order to get a head count please advise Ted Frankiewicz, Email: if you wish to attend the luncheon.

Baldev S Gill
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2020