Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE students swept the 2017 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Southwest Regional Paper Contest. The competition was hosted by Encana Corporation on Feb. 1 in Denver. More than 14 undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students from four universities in the Southwest region took part in the paper contest.

Paper contest participants presented their innovative findings from a research project or internship to judges, who are experts in the field. The students were critiqued on the following three areas: subject matter, delivery and clarity of communication.

In addition to placing in the top spot in all three divisions (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D.), UT PGE students also swept second place:

Undergraduate Division

  • 1st – William Dubois  
  • 2nd – Syed Zeerak Abbas Abdi

Master’s Division

  • 1st – Nkemakonam Egboga
  • 2nd – Vivek Ravi

Ph.D. Division

  • 1st – Ali Abouie
  • 2nd – Mohsen Babazadeh

The top place finisher in each category will travel to San Antonio, Texas this Oct. 9-11 to compete in the international paper contest at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). UT PGE students will go up against the impressive qualifiers from the other 13 regional divisions. This is the sixth consecutive year at least one UT PGE student won the regional competition and went to the international contest.