First General Body Meeting of 2017 | 1/19 @ 6pm in 362 Willard

Danielle and Dave Payne of Chevron will be coming into speak at our first Spring 2017 meeting!  Danielle will talk about transitioning from college to working in the real-world as a Petroleum Engineer.  We will have food!

Job-Searching Workshop | 1/27 @ 1pm in 108 Chambers

William Chastka, Engineer at UGI Utilities and PSU PNGE Alum, and Alex Bronner, 2011 PSU EBF and 2018 Smeal MBA Alum, are coming to campus to provide resources to aid in the job search during this current oil and gas downturn.  They will be presenting software and identifying skills for students to leverage in order to make students more marketable.  

Since Will and Alex will be talking about the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors, we have decided to partner up with Penn State Energy Marketing Association (PSEMA) to also fill the room with EBF students.  Feel free to join us!  We will have food! 


2017 Student Symposium in Denver, CO | Feb. 2-4

20 Penn Staters will be traveling to Denver, CO for the annual North America Student Symposium sponsored by Encana Corporation!  The slots for the trip have already been picked.  If you want to attend future events like these in the future, please attend our meetings and sign in! 

Snubbing 101 Tech Elective | Feb. 4

The first Technical Elective/Short Course for the Spring 2017 semester will be Snubbing 101 sponsored by Deep Well Services.  This will take place all day on Saturday, February 4th.  Location to be announced!  Also, interest forms will be posted here and emailed out in the near future!  Any questions, please contact Vivek Thomas at

Quiz Bowl w/ 2016 SPEI President Meehan | Feb. 21-22

SPE Penn State will be holding its first Quiz Bowl!  Teams of 4 will merge to compete against each other with trivia-style questions surrounding the oil and gas industry.  Ideally, we want the teams to be fair, so our official PetroBowl team is not permitted to compete.  You can recommend who you want to be your teammate, but we will have the ultimate choice over picking teams. 

This will be held like any other tournament with a modern-style bracket.  There will be a timer and buzzers to keep the contest fair. Interest forms will be posted here and sent out via email soon!  

Questions will be based on:

  • Drilling
  • Completions
  • Production
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Reserves
  • Oil and Gas History 

Dr. Morgan will be the moderator for February 21st.  On February 22nd, President Meehan is visiting Penn State to moderate the Championship at our regular SPE Meeting!  The winners will be recognized by President Meehan!

Each member of the winning team will be awarded with a $50 gift card to a place of their choice. 

Each member of the runner-ups (2nd place) will be awarded with a $10 gift card to a place of their choice. 

Carnegie Science Center: Engineer The Future 2017 (STEM) | Feb. 25 

Pittsburgh has long been at the core of engineering innovation with iconic bridges, environmentally friendly construction, and modern building design. Engineer the Future, held in observance of National Engineers Week, celebrates the science of engineering and the region’s achievements and advances in architecture, building, and construction. This event features presentations, hands-on activities, and science demonstrations that are designed to inspire young people to explore engineering.

Each year we have our SPE Members travel to Pittsburgh to interact with younger students who aspire to be engineers.  We teach them about the science behind safe horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Stay tuned for interest form via email!  This event is sponsored by EQT.

Webinar with EQT Production | March 16th, 2017 @ 4pm in 26 Hosler

SPE Penn State will be hosting a webinar in conjunction with EQT Production, a major natural gas producer based in Pittsburgh.  We are inviting the Petroleum Engineering schools in the Northeast to sit in (Marietta, WVU, PITT, and St. Francis).  The other schools will meet in one centralized area and then tap into the video conference.


Petroleum Engineering students in the Northeast (freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, professors).


  • David Schlosser, EVP – Engineering, Geology & Planning at EQT Production
  • Erin Centofanti, SVP – Engineering at EQT Production
  • David Elkin, SVP – Drilling & Completions at EQT Production


Innovation and operational efficiencies.  Presentation followed by a Q&A session.

Seneca Resources Rig Tour | Date TBD

We will have another Rig/Frac Tour this year.  The date is TBD, but it will most likely be in Elk County, PA with natural gas produced Seneca Resources.  Stay tuned for date and interest form! 

KCF Technologies Presentation | Date TBD

KCF Technologies will be presenting some time in the Spring 2017 Semester to talk about their current smart technologies in the oil and gas industry, especially their frac pump sensors.  Stay tuned for place and date!

Read more here:

SPE Penn State Paper Contest | March 16th

Each year we have a paper contest for our PNGE Undergrad and Grad (Master’s and PhD) students.  There will be judges from the industry, as well as professors judging.  Stay tuned for the interest form posting. 

Go to to learn more about the Paper Contest.  The winners from Penn State will be sent to the qualifiers across the country.  For instance, past winner, Mike Cavazza (graduate of PNGE in 2016) was sent to the ATCE 2016 in Dubai, UAE (for his research in using acid mine drainage for water in hydraulic fracturing). 

Click here to learn more


Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources | March 18th-19th

Assessment, Classification, and Reporting of Reserves and Resources is a 1-credit course provided by Gaffney, Cline, and Associates (GCA). In this course, students will learn how to define and estimate reserves and resources according to the Petroleum Resource Management System and the Securities Exchange Commission.  Stay tuned for interest form and contact Vivek Thomas at with any questions.


End of Year Banquet | April 14th @ Atherton Hotel

The End of the Year Banquet is to celebrate all of our members, seniors, and corporate partners that support SPE and make us so great.  There will be food, a ceremony, and industry to talk about 2016-2017 accomplishments.  This year’s banquet will be hosted on Friday, April 14th at the Atherton Hotel in downtown State College.  Stay tuned for interest forms! 

Golf Outing | April 15th @ Toftrees Golf Course

The Executive Board of the Penn State Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers would like to cordially invite you to our annual golf outing. 

The scramble competition will be held just off campus at Toftrees Golf Resort on Saturday, April 15th. Registration will begin at 9:00 AM with a shotgun start kicking the golfing off at 10:00 AM. Lunch will be served on the course and after everyone has finished their round of golf, awards will be presented and hors d’oeuvres will be served. To make our event more professional and entertaining for our members and guests, we plan to provide awards for first and second place along with awards for the winners of various special contests throughout the course (longest drive, closest to the pin, etc.).

Golf for the day, lunch on the course, and hors d’oeuvres following the event will be included free of charge. We intend this event to be a relaxing day of golf which will allow industry professionals and our members to network and build industry relationships.

Please stay tuned for interest forms.  Attendance at this event is not guaranteed.