Mohammed Alyousef
KFUPM, Petroleum Engineer
President, SPE KFUPM Student Chapter

What does SPE mean to you?

Being the president of the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) student chapter at KFUPM (King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals) for the term 2023-2024 has been a truly transformative experience. It has brought me closer to the SPE and its mission. Through our chapter, I have learned that volunteering is not just about helping others; it is about creating a positive impact that can change perspectives and lives.

During my presidency, I have witnessed the profound impact we can make on people’s lives through the society. It has been a school of leadership, teaching me invaluable lessons in listening, execution, and effective leadership. It has provided me a platform to lead, listen to others, and execute plans while positively influencing students’ professional development and social skills.

SPE KFUPM Student Chapter has not only allowed me to make a positive impact on students and faculty members, but it has also been a catalyst for my professional development. In addition, it allowed me to broaden my network, connect with industry leaders, experts, and students from around the world. These connections have been pivotal in my ongoing learning journey, affording me the chance to meet and learn from exceptional individuals.

I consider SPE a significant part of my personal and professional growth, enhancing my leadership skills and industry knowledge. I highly recommend that every student join this remarkable society, which is not just about the oil and gas industry but offers much more personal and professional development.

How has SPE influenced your journey as a student and impacted the broader university community?

My involvement with the SPE KFUPM Student Chapter has been transformative, shaping both my academic path and personal growth. I have gained invaluable insights into the oil and gas industry, honed my leadership skills, and cultivated a robust professional network. This experience has deepened my understanding of the industry and empowered me to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Moreover, my engagement with the chapter has allowed me to impact the broader university community meaningfully. As the president of the SPE student chapter at KFUPM, I have led initiatives that have benefited our members and enriched the university. The chapter has fostered a culture of learning, collaboration, and innovation on campus by organizing technical workshops and conferences and promoting social and professional development activities.

Furthermore, SPE has provided me with unique personal and professional growth opportunities. For instance, participating in the regional student paper contest in Oman was a significant milestone, and I was honored to secure first place in the BSc division. This achievement led to me being selected to represent the Middle East and North Africa region in the international student paper contest at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Louisiana, USA. This experience was truly enriching, providing valuable guidance and mentorship that shaped my research endeavors and career aspirations.

What are you looking forward to in the future?

In the future, I am excited about transitioning from student to young professional and continuing my journey with SPE as a member of Saudi Aramco. As a Saudi Aramco-sponsored student, I am eager to apply the knowledge and skills I have gained through the university chapter to contribute to the company’s mission and projects. I look forward to engaging with SPE in a new capacity, collaborating with industry experts, and furthering my professional development.

Additionally, I eagerly anticipate the international student paper contest in the US, where I will have the opportunity to represent not only my country but also the Middle East and North Africa region. I am committed to representing the region in the best possible way, showcasing the talent and innovation present in our industry.

Overall, I am optimistic about the future and the opportunities it holds for growth, learning, and making a positive impact in the field of petroleum engineering, both within Saudi Aramco and on an international platform through SPE.

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