Petroleum engineering students advance in paper contest

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M held its annual Student Paper Contest, with the top two individuals in the senior, master and doctoral divisions advancing to the Gulf Coast Section Regional Competition, which will be held at Texas Tech University.Advancing to the regional competition in the seniors division were Russell Greco (first) and Robert Glenn (second). Greco's winning paper was titled "Implementation of Automation: A software and hardware solution to production for Altamont and Gillette."The masters division was won by Matt Freeman, while and Nerwin Diaz was second. Freeman's winning paper was titled "Microscale flow effects in shale gas and tight gas reservoir systems."Alvaro Rey was first in the doctoral division with Ahmed Gomaa finishing second. Rey's winning paper was titled "Integration of time lapse seismic data into high resolution geologic models."There was also a juniors division that was won by Pablo Madrid for his paper, "Industry wide safety assessment of on site chemicals will provide preventative and auxiliary operating procedures for risk management." Brian Pownall was second.Aggie petroleum engineering students have an impressive record of winning at the Gulf Coast Section Regional and at the Society of Petroleum Engineers International levels, winning more than any other university. The objective of the contest is to assist students in developing proficiency in presentation of technical or research projects in oral and written form.