Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE students swept the 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Southwest Regional Paper Contest. The competition, held at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge on Feb 22, hosted 13 undergraduate and graduate students in the Southwest region.

Paper contest participants presented their innovative findings from a research project or internship to judges, who are experts in the oil and gas 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 placed second in two divisions:

B.S. Division

  • 1st – Jack Trueblood (only first place was awarded)

M.S. Division

  • 1st – Jenny Ryu
  • 2nd – Yusuf Nasir

Ph.D. Division

  • 1st – Mahmoud Shakiba  
  • 2nd – Mohsen Babazadeh

The top place finishers in each category will travel to Dallas, Texas this Sept. 24-26 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 14 regional divisions. This is the seventh consecutive year at least one UT PGE student won the regional competition and went to the international contest.

UT PGE students also participated in the regional PetroBowl – a fast-paced quiz competition. The team placed third, qualifying them for SPE ATCE, where they will go head-to-head against schools from around the globe.