The Nico Van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship is an annual fellowship award for SPE members at the Ph.D. level intending to pursue careers in academia. Each university that has an SPE Student Chapter and offers a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering may nominate one candidate.
The fellowship namesake, Nico van Wingen, played a major role in the development of oil production technology in the US, Austria, Canada, West Germany, Iran, Turkey, and Venezuela. He was active on many SPE committees and won the Anthony F Lucas Gold Medal and SPE Distinguished Member award in 1985.
In 2013, two outstanding individuals are recipients of the award: Orhun Aydin of Stanford University and Mojtaba Shahri of Tulsa University. Congratulations to them both!
Aydin is a PhD student in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University. He has received a Master of Science Degree in Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Orhun was awarded the SPE STAR Scholarship during his last year at Middle East Technical University.
Currently, Aydin is a research assistant at the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting (S.C.R.F.), where he works with Professor Caers on model complexity to answer how complex we need to make earth models or reservoir models to make decisions. Outside of his responsibilities as a student researcher, he is also the treasurer of the Stanford Student Chapter of SPE.
Shahri is a PhD student at the University of Tulsa. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering in 2008 and 2010. He earned the 1st rank in both undergraduate and graduate studies 2008 and 2010 among all the students. Mojtaba also ranked 1st in the University of National Entrance Examination of Graduate Program. Mojtaba has more than twenty publications in different journals and conference related to Petroleum Engineering and also served as technical reviewer in petroleum engineering related journals. He has been awarded as the 2012 Henry Dewitt Smith Fellowship recipient in the world as well.
Shahri is currently conducting research on the coupled fluid flow-geomechanical modeling of reservoirs for predicting reservoir stress path under supervision of Dr. Miska and Dr. Yu at the University of Tulsa Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).
For more information about the Nico van Wingen Fellowship go here.
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