April 26, 2011

Sneha Panchadhara, master’s graduate student, petroleum engineering, placed first in the graduate division. Her paper was titled “Effect of Oil on Foam-Assisted Underbalanced Drilling Processes.” David Matthews, senior, petroleum engineering placed third in the undergraduate division for his paper titled “Real-Time Prediction of Maximum Surface Casing Pressure.”

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Regional Student Paper Contest was held April 1-2 and hosted by the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Twenty-three students participated in the event from five universities, including: LSU, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech and Rice University.

“I am thrilled after winning first place at the SPE Gulf Coast Regional Student Paper contest. This region is considered one of the toughest, as it has some of the best schools in petroleum engineering competing for the title,” said Panchadhara. “I am glad I won and will now be representing LSU at the international level. Winning this award has opened doors to more opportunities for me in terms of jobs.”

SPE holds nine regional student paper contests, allowing students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctorate level to showcase their skills and research. Students compete regionally for the opportunity to participate at the International Student Paper Contest, held during SPE’s Annual Technical Conference Exhibition (ATCE).

Panchadhara will represent LSU at the International Student Paper Contest Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Denver.

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For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.



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