The Society of Petroleum Engineers - AUIS Student Chapter aims to help Energy Engineering students get involved in various SPE international programs including online lectures, field trips, gender diversity activities, trainings, environmental campaigns, and community service opportunities to empower students to build a better future for themselves.
In the last year, our activities have included field trips to local companies focusing on renewable and efficient energy. Our field trips have included a visit to the Bazian Solar Power Plant, which was a unique learning opportunity as students attended a presentation by the facility’s project manager and toured the installation. Students had a chance to ask about the project’s permits, planning, and risks, and learned more about the site from the staff. The site visit afforded them the opportunity to dig into the details of solar power projects and see a realistic representation of such a largescale project.
A visit to the Faruk Recycling Factory aimed to show students the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of waste collection that is used to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to power the Faruk Holding's cement factories. As engineers, we learned how the process works, what kind of equipment and machinery is used, and about stabilization treatment for a simplified landfill.
The Chapter's other activities have included a Women in Energy panel discussion, in which we celebrated the incredible accomplishments of women working in the energy sector. This panel discussion highlighted the success stories of Kurdish women, how their career paths evolved, their experiences and challenges, what they love about the energy industry, and what their advice is for students and professionals who might be inspired to pursue a career in the energy sector.
We have also hosted more than five online lectures and webinars, but most importantly, an online training course called "SPE AUIS Student Chapter Training: Python for Engineers" presented by Dr. Mumtaz Hussain Soomro, Professor at the University of Virginia. Our students learned about Python, which is an interpreter, high-level and general-purpose programming language. The ability to code in the Python language is becoming an increasingly sought-after skill, particularly in the engineering field. In industries underpinned by computer programming, this skill is critical for data analysis and visualizations, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and automation. This technical activity consisted of two parts: the first part was a lecture on the software, and the second part was a training session.
For more information about the Engineering Department at AUIS, email us at engineering.department [at] auis.edu.krd.