Mines petroleum engineering students excel at symposium

Manju and Jessica with their award plaques.
Manju Murugesu and Jessica Iriarte with their award plaques.
Colorado School of Mines students came out on top during the Society of Petroleum Engineers North America Student Symposium, held February 1 to 4 at Encana Corporation headquarters in downtown Denver.
The symposium is a massive conference put together by Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of Texas at Austin. This year, the symposium was held in conjunction with the North America PetroBowl Regional Qualifier and the Rocky Mountain North America and Southwestern North America Regional SPE Paper Contests.
Mines petroleum engineering senior Manju Murugesu and master’s student Jessica Iriarte both finished in first place in the Rocky Mountain North America Regional SPE Paper Contest. Students from universities across the region competed in three categories: undergraduate, master’s and PhD.
“I am glad that I got the opportunity to present—I had guidance from [Petroleum Engineering Professor] Dr. [Manika] Prasad and some of the graduate students,” said Murugesu. “Winning has motivated me to get more involved in research as an undergraduate.”
Mines also competed in the Petrobowl Regional Qualifier, represented by students Joe Brady, James Blaney, Lydia Gillespie, Connally Reid and Zak Hartman. The team won 3-2 in pool play, but did not advance to the final round.
Murugesu and Iriarte will represent Mines and the region during the International Student Paper Contest at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2017.
Agata Bogucka, Communications Manager, College of Earth Resource Sciences & Engineering | 303-384-2657 | abogucka@mines.edu
Mark Ramirez, Managing Editor, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3088 | ramirez@mines.edu