Member, Susan Howes wins DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal.
The award was presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai. Award recipients are only allowed 60 seconds for their acceptance speech, so Susan shared her appreciation of the support of many more of my colleagues around the world on LinkedIn last week. Service to SPE is its own reward, but it’s wonderful to receive this recognition, and it’s my honor to share it with all of you. Here’s my acceptance speech from the Awards Banquet:
“It’s been my privilege to serve SPE as a volunteer since my days as a student. I’d like to thank my parents, Tom and Diane Smith. My dad is also an engineer and SPE member, and he encouraged me to apply for the SPE scholarship when I was in high school. At UT, one of my first professors was Dr. Larry Lake, who nominated me for the DeGolyer award, with support from my three additional mentors, Behrooz Fattahi, Giovanni Paccaloni and Janeen Judah. I’d like to thank my husband, Hal Howes, and my daughters, Rachel Howes and Elizabeth Howes. SPE volunteerism is often done at night and on weekends, so their support has been vital. I’d also like to recognize my colleagues at SCA, as well as my former colleagues at Anadarko and Chevron for their support and encouragement. And of course, I’d like to thank all of my SPE friends, both in the Gulf Coast Section and in the global committees on which I’ve served throughout the years.”
The picture includes Nathan Meehan, 2016 SPE President and Nikhil Trivedi, AIME President.