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February 8, 2005 Board Meeting and Forum Report


A total of thirteen attended.  Raj Upadhyay called the meeting to order.  The minutes of the prior meeting were approved, as was the treasurer’s report. 


The status of planning for the 50th Anniversary Dinner on March 9th from 5 – 9:30 PM at the Petroleum Club was discussed.  Scott McGurk has completed arrangements for the Plains Exploration sponsored reception beginning at 5 PM.  The dinner program will begin at 6:30 PM with the pledge of allegiance followed by welcoming remarks by Raj Upadhyay.  The program features a history of LASPE, recognition of new Legion of Honor members by Eve Sprunt, followed by a technology update by Dr. Iraj Ershaghi.  The featured speaker will be Richard Stegemeier, former CEO of UNOCAL.


Planning for the meeting is going very well.  Nine company tables have been sold to date.  Invitations were sent out on February 4th by USC, who is helping with RSVPs.  The menu has been selected and mementos will be ordered soon.  Planning to date is for 100 to attend, but it looks like a larger turnout may be possible.  The Board agreed that student chapter attendees would receive a $15 dinner discount.


In other business, Raj reported that two LASPE members, Dr. Iraj Ershaghi and Rick Finken would receive the Western Region Service Award at the 2005 Western Regional Meeting Keynote Luncheon.  The Board also approved the following SPE award nominations:  Sam Sarem for the Distinguished Service Award, Harry Krebs for the Public Service Award and Jalal Torabzadeh for the Distinguished Member Award. 


Other topics reviewed at the Board Meeting included 2005 Western Regional Meeting planning and an update of the May 20, 2005 Charity Golf Tournament.


Software: Microsoft OfficeThe Forum featured Dr. Pat Shuler substituting for Dr. Yongchun Tang who was ill.  Dr. Shuler’s topic, “Developing Technologies Today for the Oilfield Tomorrow” discussed Caltech’s Power, Energy, and Environmental Research (PEER) Center’s efforts in targeted areas of energy industry fundamental scientific research.  Major oil companies and government agencies are key sponsors and participants in these projects.  The PEER Center’s combined energy industrial research and academic experience makes it uniquely qualified to translate breakthroughs in fundamental science to become deployable technologies.  PEER’s efforts help to mitigate the effect of oil industry’s decreasing R&D efforts to focus on short-term financial results. 


PEER is concentrating its research in five key areas:  Enhanced Oil Recovery, Biotechnology, Treatment Chemicals, Geology and Geochemistry and Environmental Sensors.  Dr. Shuler reviewed efforts to date and PEER’s goals for the future.


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