Petroleum engineering Ph.D. student wins SPE service award

Fady Chaban, a Ph.D. student in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the 2011-2012 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Section Service Award May 23.Photo of Fady Chaban

Regional and section awards recognize SPE members who contribute outstanding service and leadership within their technical disciplines. His award citation read "In recognition of outstanding section leadership, exceptional accomplishment, dedication, service and volunteerism to the Gulf Coast Section Reservoir Study Group."

Chaban is currently chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section's Reservoir Study Group. The group's mission is to serve as a forum for petroleum engineers and geoscientists to network and disseminate the knowledge and technology needed to achieve the many objectives of reservoir management, including understanding risk, increasing production and reserves, and maximizing recovery.

Chaban has  more than 16 years of experience in the oil industry and is a senior reservoir engineer working for HESS since 2011. He previously  worked as a technical engineering consultant for GATE LLC – Houston on deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America and Africa from 2007 to 2011. Also, he was a multidisciplinary technical coordinator for Ayacucho development area in the PDVSA Orinoco Heavy Oil Belt project in Venezuela from 2005 to 2007. He worked as a reservoir engineer and researcher for PDVSA-Intevep since 1995 when he began his career. Fady has published several technical papers focused in his main areas of expertise, which includes subsurface dynamic modeling, reservoir characterization, improved oil recovery, reserves estimation and integrated reservoir management.

He is actively involved with the SPE. Also, he is part of the Recovery Mechanisms & Flow in Porous Media Subcommittee for the 2012 SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition and has served as a technical committee member on several SPE forums and applied technology workshops since 2009.

Fady had a B.Sc. in engineering in 1995 from Venezuela and an M.Sc. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.