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PetroBowl Squad Wraps Up Competition

February 9, 2017
UW's PetroBowl team competes in the SPE regional event.
Ian Johnson, Josh Miller, Jillian FitzGerald and Holly Beiko compete in the 2017 PetroBowl competition.

A University of Wyoming contingent competed in an annual petroleum engineering competition last week.
UW’s team won one round of the PetroBowl, a competition that pits student chapters of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) against one another in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and non-technical industry-related questions. In the North American regional competition in Denver, Wyoming’s team defeated the group from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round.
The UW contingent included Ian Johnson, Josh Miller, Jillian FitzGerald, Stephen Robert Dalton, Holly Beiko, Thomas Shaffer, Brittany Vigil and Tallis MacDonald. UW graduate Gustave Anderson of Manufacturing-Works served as the faculty adviser for the group.
Along with the Petrobowl, 24 students total attended the SPE Student Symposium the following day. The symposium featured workshops and speeches ranging from technical problems, new technologies, resume building and interview preparation. After the festivities, Anderson set up an alumni event for the students to attend.
“This (alumni event) was potentially more beneficial to students than the symposium,” says Shaffer, who serves as the UW SPE chapter president. “Every student that attended had the opportunity to talk to graduates from the University of Wyoming that work in the energy industry.”
Graduate Student Wins Competition
UW Petroleum Engineering Ph.D. candidate Mohammad Sabti won first place in an SPE regional paper contest hosted last week in Denver.
Sabti will now compete against winners of other regions in the United States and the world in the upcoming SPE annual meeting which is Oct. 9-11 in San Antonio, Texas.
It marks the second year in a row that a UW participant has won the regional competition. Mahdi Khishvand, a UW doctoral student in petroleum engineering, was the 2016 winner.

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