In the following lines you can read the greeting words of Oliver Spenger – current President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter of Mining University of Leoben.
Based in Austria in the Bundesland of Styria lies the Montanuniversität that was founded by Erzherzog Johann von Österreich in 1840. The petroleum studies are offered here since 60 years mainly educating students for the two major oil companies in Austria but not limited to all over the world. With about 500 students currently enrolled the petroleum engineers represent the biggest group of students at the University of Leoben. The SPE Student Chapter Leoben, the only SPE Student Chapter in Austria, was established in 1987 on the first of January to offer the enrolled students a direct connection to the international network that the society of petroleum engineers is offering.
The main pillars of the SPE Student Chapter at the Montanuniversität in Leoben are the following:
- Interdisciplinary cooperation with industry leaders in the oil & gas sector
- All kind of events for students and our cooperation partners
- Support in many kinds for the chapter members
We also want to give you all a brief outlook for the year 2015: we are currently organizing a field trip where we will be able to visit a local SPE Student Chapter, some local / multinational companies and of course the possibility to interact with the culture of the country we are going to visit, furthermore we would like to integrate the new students from the first 4 semesters deeper into our organization and help them with different workshops and events to improve their skills in presentations, going trough assessment centers, CV writing and project management. The classical events like company presentations, book order and, last but not least, the XXVI. OIL BBQ.
We are currently the biggest study programs and our goal is that we will increase our influence at the university and change things, which are not suited best for us. The main objective is that we will continuously improve the study program at the university and ourselves. In order to achieve that, we teamed up with the Studienrichtungsvertretung Petroleum Engineering and will work closer together in the upcoming year.
So you see, we will all have some goals to reach in the year 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing you again at one of our events!