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Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship

Congratulations to our 2012 Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship Recipient: Mojtaba Pordel Shahri!

Mojtaba received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering and is now pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies in 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. Mojtaba has more than twenty publications in different journals and conferences related to Petroleum Engineering and currently conducting research on the prediction of reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

California Institute of Technology Henry DeWitt Smith’s example of inspired leadership, professional success, personal integrity, and boundless dedication was his heritage to the mining industry which he served all of his adult life.  In his memory, the Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship was created by his wife Ellen Burke Smith.

Fellowship Deadline

Applications must be received on or before 1 June each year.  Applications received on 2 June and after will not be considered.

To Apply complete online application.

Requirements for an Application

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be pursuing a graduate degree (master’s or PhD) in petroleum engineering or a related field
  • Be an SPE member
  • Have another source of income (job, family support, other fellowships)

The requirements include:

  • A completed online application
  • Uploaded transcripts from all universities attended
  • (2) uploaded letters of recommendation (one from a current university faculty member)
  • An essay submitted online with application:
      • If awarded this fellowship, what would you do with your education to make Henry DeWitt Smith delighted that you are the beneficiary?

Because US law prohibits provision of certain services to individuals residing in embargoed countries, not all applicants may be eligible to participate in the Henry DeWitt Smith Fellowship program. Please click here for more information. 

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