Companies showcased the latest technologies, new product launches and valuable industry services and more than 350 peer-selected technical papers covering current applications and future technologies at the Texas A&M University—Kingsville’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) first SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).
“The exhibitions covered all areas of engineering and provided the opportunity for our members to network with different oil companies and, ultimately, prepare them for the real world,” said TAMUK SPE External Vice President, Carl Montemayor.
The SPE ATCE was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on Oct. 8 through Oct 12. This was the first time in four years that the SPE ATCE was held in Texas.
“Our chapter’s first objective was to learn and be inspired. Our second objective was to network and represent ourselves and Texas A&M University-Kingsville in a professional matter,” said TAMUK SPE President, Ali Dortaj.
Initially, only six TAMUK SPE Officers were going to attend the conference but additional funding provided by Career Services allowed 24 TAMUK SPE members to attend the conference.
“We not only want to learn but also represent Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Given that the ATCE involves global companies, Career Services helped us financially by providing officers with business cards,” Montemayor said.
Last year, the Manager of Emerald Oil & Gas Lc, Roy Galvan, donated one thousand dollars to TAMUK SPE specifically for the SPE ATCE.
The TAMUK SPE Officers presented a proposal to Career Services. The Director of Career Services, Christian Ferris, provided the additional funding for the conference.
“This opportunity doesn’t come around often considering that it is a global event,” Montemayor said.