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Space? Petroleum Engineering? Yes, There’s a Connection!

Author: ; Published: Apr 4, 2013; Category: Energy, Energy Education; Tags: , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Just like with any industry, there is always an eye to the future. This also rings true regarding the future of petroleum engineering. In the March issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), an article titled “Exploring the Deep Earth and Deep Space: What role does the petroleum industry play?” dove deep into the subject.

The article has interesting points about the future of petroleum engineering in space including how exciting hydrocarbon discoveries of mind-bending quantities are being made in the far reaches of our solar system and even in our own Milky Way galaxy. 

It also references a new paper by scientists on NASA’s Cassini-Huygens mission, which finds that blocks of hydrocarbon ice might float upon the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid methane, and ethane on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. 


Keeping alive the interplay between advances in understanding deep Earth, deep space, and the needs of the petroleum industry may lead us to a future shaped more by the intersection of these pursuits. 

What do you think? Would you take your career to space?

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Know any Inspirational Teachers?

Author: ; Published: Jan 24, 2013; Category: Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Energy4me has worked with a variety of great partners in promoting energy education. One such partner is the National Engineers Week Foundation. They share our belief that the role teachers play in introducing secondary students to various engineering or STEM careers, is a vital one. The recognition of such teachers is equally important.  It is also one of the reasons we’re excited to make you aware of the 2013 call for nominations for the National Engineers Week Foundation DiscoverE Educator Awards! 

The awards are shining a spotlight on educators who are inspiring tomorrow’s innovation generation. By honoring the teachers who are hard at work in 6th to 12th grade classrooms around the world, the engineering profession wants to show its appreciation and respect for helping students discover engineering.  Unique to this program, engineers and engineering students (college or graduate level) are part of the nomination process. RUP18369

Nominations will be accepted NOW through 8 March 2013, and winners will be announced in April 2013. Up to three winners will each receive a trip to Washington, D.C., USA for recognition in June 2013, a $2,000 cash prize, 3M digital projector, and 3M gift pack of classroom supplies! Their engineer/student nominators will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C. 

Established in 2012, the program seeks to uncover compelling stories of exceptional teachers who have made an impact on their students’ lives. If you have someone who has inspired your career or know of an engineer whose teacher inspired them, we hope you will consider nominating them for this award. 

The nomination form and additional program details are available HERE.

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National Engineers Week Foundation’s “New Faces of Engineering- College Edition” returns for 2nd year!

Author: ; Published: Sep 19, 2012; Category: Education outreach, Energy Education, Engineering Careers; Tags: , , ; Comments: Comments Off



Applications Now Available at Facebook.Com/CollegeEdition


WASHINGTON DC, September 18, 2012 – New Faces of Engineering – College Edition returns for its second year to recognize some of the nation’s most promising undergraduate engineering students.  Applications are now available at  The deadline for submission is Friday, November 16.  Nominees will be announced during Engineers Week, 2013 (February 17-23).  Winners will be announced on April 2 and will receive scholarships and national recognition in print and online.

In its successful inaugural year, College Edition’s 15 honorees represented a cross-section of interests, specialties and backgrounds.  One of last year’s winners, DeeAnn Turpin, is a Biological Systems Engineering major at Kansas State University and an active member of Engineers Without Borders.  DeeAnn was nominated by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and as an honoree, she was able to participate as a judge in the Future City Competition’s national finals (  DeeAnn shared her enthusiasm on Facebook: “I am very honored to have been selected for the New Faces of Engineering College Edition Award and I am proud to represent EWB, SHPE, and K-State! Go Cats!!”

The College Edition Facebook page recognizes the achievements of third, fourth and fifth year engineering students and provides a forum where students can communicate with the Foundation throughout the year.  The page also provides a source of academic and professional development opportunities available to them from National Engineers Week Foundation’s engineering association, university, and corporate partners.  Students can meet with their engineering peers in every field and learn about other events, licensure exams, internships, jobs, competitions, engineering associations and more.   

The College Edition application requires the student’s photo (jpg format), list of accomplishments, and four short essays.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science Engineering program at an ABET Accredited college or university or from an equivalent international educational institution and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Students must also be affiliated with one of the following engineering associations: 

  • SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
  • AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
  • AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society)
  • ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers)
  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • CIE-USA (Chinese Institute of Engineers)
  • IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering)
  • NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
  • NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers)
  • NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals)
  • SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)

Students that do not currently belong to an above society may still join a participating organization. For more information, go to

New Faces of Engineering – College Edition is inspired by the National Engineers Week Foundation’s highly successful New Faces of Engineering program which, for ten years, has honored the nation’s top young professionals.  Funding for New Faces of Engineering – College Edition is provided by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying). 

“NCEES is excited to again sponsor New Faces of Engineering – College Edition and build on its success of recognizing outstanding engineering students and raising awareness of the importance of professional engineering in our everyday lives,” says NCEES Immediate Past President and 2013 EWeek Chair Dale Jans, P.E.  “By providing a dynamic online presence, the program is designed to help all engineering students connect and find the resources they need for their future careers.” 

About National Engineers Week Foundation

The National Engineers Week Foundation works year-round to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety, and welfare.  The Foundation supports engineering outreach, education, and celebration through a network of thousands of volunteers in its partner coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant. The Foundation and coalition are actively putting the E in STEM.

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Visit a Petroleum Museum… They Tell Fascinating Stories!

Author: ; Published: Sep 6, 2012; Category: Classroom materials, Energy Education, Volunteering; Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

Want to enhance your knowledge of the petroleum industry? How about a petroleum museum! At the museums, watch history come to life with interactive displays, informative guides, and live demonstrations. Some even have specific, focused, elementary, middle and high school educational tours. From Calgary to France to West Virginia, petroleum museums tell fascinating stories of oil discovery, production, to showcasing some of the modern uses of oil you might not know about.

For instance, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Energy exhibit, the Exploration gallery features the latest techniques used to search for hydrocarbons, from magnetometers and gravimeters to seismic vibrator trucks. In the Geology in the Field interactive, gaze across a barren, mountainous landscape, and watch as holographic illusions of two petroleum geologists materialize and explain what they are doing in the middle of nowhere. A massive Vibroseis truck interrupts them, sending its booming vibrations deep into the rock below.

At the Indonesian Oil and Gas Museum, the exhibits display how important the role of oil and gas is as the source of energy, for fuel, lubricants and petrochemical products. There’s even an oil tree that symbolically displays at its branches various products resulting from the refinery processes of oil and gas.

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Energy Education Showcase at the World’s Foremost Offshore Resources Event

Author: ; Published: Apr 26, 2012; Category: Energy Education; Tags: , , , , ; Comments: Comments Off

As a participating organization, The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is working with the Offshore Technology Conference (which runs 30 April through May 3) for an energy education initiative.

Organized and ran by the Energy Education Institute and the US National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, OTC will host 100 Houston-area classroom teachers (grades 4-12) for a free, one-day energy education workshop. The educators will receive comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and its importance while discovering the world of oil and natural gas exploration and production.

There will also be a High School Student STEM event whose focus is to educate the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists and managers about the oil and gas industry. Approximately 200 high school students will see firsthand the exciting opportunities the oil industry offers! The day-long program will include a scavenger hunt of the technology exhibits, hands-on energy lessons provided by the NEED Project and the opportunity to meet industry professionals and ask questions about careers in the oil and gas industry.

 Interested in getting involved? Know students where you live who could benefit from energy education? Let us help. Send us a note to about how you’d like to get involved. Review some of the free materials that we offer to support you here:

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