President of Society of Petroleum Engineers to discuss energy sustainability

April 22, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sami Alnuaim, manager of petroleum engineering application services at Saudi Aramco, will give a lecture, “Energy Sustainability: The Pride of the Oil & Gas Industry,” at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in 114 Steidle Building.  

As president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Alnuaim will discuss how SPE is taking the lead to reframe and improve the oil and gas industry’s sustainability image by describing how the industry is part of the climate change solution. His talk will focus on the industry’s efforts to ensure sustainable, affordable and cleaner hydrocarbon-based energy sources that support the global economy, improve lifestyle and social development, and take care of the environment. He will describe a few of the significant sustainability challenges and address the industry’s ongoing commitment towards innovation and technological development that will enhance its performance. He will also address the industry pride and passion of the next generation that will be essential to deliver energy resources to the world through the concept of “citizen engineer.”

Alnuaim has a long history of service to SPE and is currently a member of the SPE Middle East board of directors. He has won several local, regional and international SPE awards, including the Regional Service Award for the Middle East in 2010, Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Member in 2011. He currently serves on the society’s DeGolyer, Rand, and McConnell Awards Committee and the 2017 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Executive Advisory Committee.

Alnuaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, where he has worked in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and at the upstream computer center.

He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, all in petroleum engineering.

This lecture is part of the Spotlight on Energy and Mineral Engineering Seminar series sponsored by the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.

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Last Updated April 22, 2019