The Fifth SPE Colloquium on Petroleum Engineering Education (CPEE), held 23–28 July 2000, focused on partnership among industry, education, andgovernment. Attendees determined how each partner can develop the people andtechnology that the industry will need in the 21st century.
Significantly, the group suggested ways of enhancing interaction betweenuniversities and industry by encouraging greater cooperation in identifying andfunding research projects that will benefit both. Proposed collaborativeefforts among universities, possibly working with government laboratories, could meet some of the growing need as research programs move away fromindustry settings.
Universities requested assistance from industry in identifying competenciesthat will serve students leaving academic programs. Included in the continuousfeedback industry could provide the schools might be identification of needsfor continuing education or distance degree programs, including coursework thatwould better prepare geoscientists to work in the petroleum industry. Inaddition, industry could provide data sets from real fields for students to usein capstone design courses. Educators agreed to seek a means for systematicsharing of those data.
Educators also identified a growing need to attract capable high-schoolstudents into university programs. Because they recognize the value of diversity among programs, they plan to catalog the kinds of programs offered bythe various schools so students can make more intelligent choices.
The findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the attendees weresummarized in the form of "action items" at the concluding session of thecolloquium. The reconstituted steering committee (the co-authors of this paperless John Lee, the steering committee chair for CPEE 2000, who will be replacedby Hossein Kazemi of Marathon Oil as the incoming committee chair) isaccountable for these action items. Individual steering committee members andselected SPE committees will be responsible for completion of the individualaction items, and the steering committee will follow up on progress.
A companion paper1 by Kazemi et al. discusses some of theconclusions of the CPEE, but with a focus on the industry perspective and witha further focus on research and technology development within theindustry/education/ government partnership. This paper focuses more broadly onthe action items that the CPEE selected. These action items are discussed inthe sections that follow.