NU SMG students won the first place in the 2022 SPE Regional PetroBowl Qualifier

A five-member team of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter from the Nazarbayev University School of Mining and Geosciences has become the first place winners of the 2022 SPE Regional PetroBowl Qualifier. The Society of Petroleum Engineering founded PetroBowl in 2002; it matches SPE student chapter teams against each other for fast-paced quiz competitions. Students answer both technical and nontechnical questions about the energy industry. The SPE Student Chapter team of NU SMG consisted of Petroleum Engineering (PE) students: Alinur Muratov, 3rd year Bachelor in PE, Mariam Shakeel, 1st year PhD in PE, Kamilya Arstanova, 1st year MSc in PE, Yuliya Ten, 1st year MSc in PE, Marzhan Karimova, 2nd year PhD in PE. They competed against 13 teams from universities of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan. The SPE Student Chapter team of NU SMG will participate in the PetroBowl Championship, which is due to take place as part of the 2022 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston, Texas, USA (3–5 October 2022).

However, it worth mentioning that intense preparation to the completion preceded the winning in the Regional PetroBowl Qualifier. To participate in SPE’s largest student competition NU SPE Student chapter did a competition inside the university to find the most qualified students for PetroBowl team. After that they were preparing for almost 6 months in various petroleum related topics. Besides that, participation in such competitions means that teams should have learnt not only petroleum engineering topics, but also data analytics, energy transition, green energy, history of oil industry and SPE history. In addition, it is very important to have a strong connection between team members and group work is crucial, as a time for answering questions is limited, that is why students worked not only on studying topics, but on also gaining the group working skills. The students also very grateful to NU SMG professors for their support and for sharing knowledge about petroleum engineering.

Now students have to prepare for international PetroBowl where universities around the world will compete for first place and “PetroBowl Champion” title.