In the following lines, you can read the greeting words of Rusmir Helja – current President of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben SPE Student Chapter.
We live in a time of great innovation and technological advancement. It is also a time of transformation and shifting social responsibilities. As the engineers of the future, we are uniquely positioned against the backdrop of our rapidly changing industry to face the challenges ahead with poise and perseverance. Equipped with a world-class education provided in Leoben and the fecundity of our unbounded invention, forging a new path toward a better world is not only feasible but expected.
As part of the new Chapter iteration, I want to renew our commitment to each other, to our university, and to the industry that binds us. I want to profess a firm conviction, one rooted in our faith in our students, that united we can realize our aspirations. Our Chapter’s mission is to galvanize our students and support them in impelling themselves to fruitful directions. We wish to build a ship that’s bound for bountiful waters; one everyone is welcome aboard.
Our primary task is cultivating a community where students would take part in the nascence of new ideas. A community where cooperation with the industry is intensified and the quality of our university experiences is enriched—a community whose patchwork diversity is at the forefront of our efforts. We strive to foster a sense of belonging that facilitates students’ access to their reserves of untapped potential.
The modern petroleum engineer is much more than the sum of their parts. The demands of today’s competitive landscape are more stringent and through-going than ever before. Technical mastery is no longer sufficient to set oneself apart from the pack. Mental acuity, social perspicacity, and honed soft skills are quickly usurping the toolset of the traditional engineer. Courage, confidence, and leadership competencies are becoming essentials in achieving success.
It is precisely in light of these developments that the presence of an active Chapter that provides its students with ample opportunities to whet their skills is indispensable. We hope you join us on our journey in the coming year.
We are looking forward to seeing you!