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TU takes PetroBowl in Amsterdam

Thursday, November 06, 2014

TU team defeats OU in final round for the win

A team of students from The University of Tulsa’s McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering won first place at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) PetroBowl XIII Championship at the 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) in Amsterdam.

The competition is a fast-paced quiz bowl where 36 teams from around the world are challenged to answer questions related to petroleum engineering including technical aspects, history, current events and statistics. Industry experts serve as a panel of judges.

TU defeated the University of Oklahoma 150-95 to take grand prize. Team members included seniors Doyle Kindle and Ade Oyewole as well as master’s degree students Konark Ogra and Auzan Soedarmo. Kindle, who is team captain, said TU has competed in the event since its inception in 2002.

“The guys on the team put in countless hours year-round in preparation for the competition, and I’m glad their hard work paid off,” he said.

The ATCE PetroBowl exposes students to many technical aspects and current events early in their academic careers. Thorough preparation in all areas of petroleum engineering ensures well-rounded students, especially for those studying at a graduate level and specializing in a specific field.

“The PetroBowl helps keep us up to date on the latest technological advancements and politics surrounding the industry,” Kindle said. “Winning the competition has opened up job opportunities for some of our team members.”

Fourteen students and six faculty and staff attended the ATCE. The TU attendees enjoyed networking with other petroleum engineering students and professionals from around the world while experiencing Amsterdam’s rich culture and history.

“I learned networking is extremely important,” Kindle said. “Even though the petroleum industry is a growing one, you never know who you may work with in the future.”

Gail Ellis