The visit started with the opening of the student part of the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, where D. Nathan Meehan himself gave a speech, during which he told the participants about the global potential of the petroleum industry, amount of possibilities opening for career development, the importance of attaining personal leadership skills in order to work in a team, and also about the great role of one’s connections. The next speaker was the Vice President of Information and Member Services — John Boden, he emphasized the importance of attracting new members to SPE and wished best of luck to everyone.
Afterwards the guests had a meeting with the rector of Gubkin University — Prof. Viktor G. Martynov. They discussed issues of integration of the university into the international scientific sphere and arrangement of various co-operative projects between different SPE Student Chapters from all over the world. Prof. Martynov mentioned that international activity is one of the top priorities for the university; he also referred to the 1st International Oil and Gas Majoring Students Forum “New Generation: Across the Universe”, and asked SPE International for some assistance with organizing the next similar event in September, 2017. D. Natan Meehan expressed his appreciation of the cooperation between the university and SPE, pointed out the Forum’s uniqueness and promised to help with its high level PR.
Later on, during a tour around the University, the guests visited the Drilling Department simulation complex, the Hydrocarbon Fields Exploration Control Centre, the Museum of youth organizations and associations and, of course the office of Gubkin SPE Student Chapter.