Message From The Chair

Distinguished Lecturer Marina Voskanian speaks on Minimizing Risks, Members Awards, USC and CSULB do well, Steve Cheung chosen to be Regional Director

Dear Friends and Members of SPE,

This season’s LASPE events come to a great close with Distinguished Lecturer Marina Voskanian speaking at our June 12th Luncheon. Reflecting back on the last few months, it has been quite a year for the LASPE. Marina will be our fourth Distinguished Lecturer presenting to us. Our Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success, selling out again with everyone having a great time. We also successfully hosted the SPE Western Regional Meeting (WRM) near Disneyland. We had well over 400 people attend the WRM that had impressive exhibits, interesting panel discussions, a wide range of papers, new short courses, and fun networking events.

Led by Scott Hara and Vanessa Perez, this year the LASPE contributed funds and time to local organizations that supported students looking to study science. We partnered with the California Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program at four MESA Day Competitions to touch the lives of over 1,400 High School and Middle School students. The LASPE helped judge and contributed to prizes awarded at the Orange County and Long Beach Science Fairs. The LASPE also awarded six college scholarships to students studying science or engineering related to the energy industry

We had numerous members receive awards this year thanks to their contributions to the SPE and to the industry. Steve Shryock and Scott McGurk were chosen for the Outstanding Engineering Merit Award by the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC). JR Smoyer was awarded the Outstanding Young Engineer Award by OCEC as well. Brian Tran, was honored with the SPE Regional Service Award at the WRM. Francois Florence was chosen for the SPE Regional Drilling Engineer Award. Dr. Donald Paul of USC won the SPE Regional Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Award.

The two student SPE chapters that the LASPE sponsors, USC and Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB), both had standout years as well. Kyler Correia and Ahmed Mohamed from USC each received the Outstanding Engineering Student Award from the OCEC. Hanif Payandeh, Jennifer Vinh, and James Valencia of CSULB were entered in the WRM SPE Student Paper Contest. Hanif was awarded 2nd place in the Undergraduate Division. James Valencia received the 3rd place award in the Masters Division. USC was represented at the WRM Student Paper Contest by Daniel Linderman, Saran Kaba, Yuanjun Li, Jodel Cornelio, Wei Ma, and Atefeh Jahandideh. Daniel Linderman won 1st place in the Undergraduate Division, while Wei Ma was 1st place and Atefeh Jahandideh won the 2nd place in the PhD Division. Both USC and CSULB had quite active SPE programs all year long. I want to thank Rustem Akimov and Ahmed Mohamed of USC, and Alex Walter and Sam Moogooie of CSULB for leading such excellent programs this year.

As a final note, I want to congratulate Dr. Steve Cheung of the LASPE for being chosen to be Regional Director North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico) for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International. This is an honor for both Dr. Cheung and the LASPE. All in all, I would say it was a pretty good year.

Robert Schaaf
SPE LA Basin Section Chair 2016-2017