Research and Development Committee Position

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Actively participate in meetings and conference calls to develop strategies for meeting committee goals.
  • Volunteer to assist in the implementation of committee projects, such as developing articles on R&D for SPE publications or websites, serving on the program committee for the R&D Conference, serving on the Board of the R&D technical section, and other committee initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Interest in facilitating R&D within the E&P industry.
  • Knowledge of and work experience in R&D within an oil company, service company, university, or research institute.

Expected Time Commitment

  • Attend 2 meetings each year (one at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and another at a location selected by the Chairman). These meetings normally last 2 to 3 hours.
  • Participate in 1-hour conference calls every 6 to 8 weeks between meetings.
  • Participation in implementing at least 1 committee initiative during the year. Time required will depend on the activity.

About the committee

The committee will identify, encourage, facilitate, and help global R&D activities that will provide needed technology for future use of petroleum engineers. Specific functions include:

  • Provide an educated long-term vision of the industry's R&D needs.
  • Provide a forum/system where current R&D needs of the industry are collected and communicated to research organizations.
  • Provide a forum/system where R&D capabilities of academic and research institutions are described and shown to potential sponsors.
  • Sponsor face to face meetings where industry, academia and government research organizations can exchange information to facilitate matching owners of problems with those who have the ability to solve them.
  • Involve government funding agencies in committee activities.
  • Work with SPE program committees and Executive Editors of SPE journals to increase acceptance of R&D-type papers.
  • Develop an R&D web page on to function as a catalyst for disseminating information about R&D activities in the industry.

The committee is composed of 10 to 15 members, representing the society's 6 technical areas, appointed by the President-elect for3-year terms. The chairman is appointed by the President-elect.

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