International Activities Update - The history and future of YP programs at SPE.
During the 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in San Antonio, the Young Professionals Coordinating Committee (YPCC) will celebrate its first anniversary with confidence that it will continue to build on the strengths of the young members of the Society. The suggestion to create a committee looking at programs dedicated to young professionals originated in Stresa, Italy, in 2003 during the first international workshop under supervision of 2005 SPE President Giovanni Paccaloni. During the last year, 2006 SPE President Eve Sprunt has supported our group by suggesting a health, safety, and environment section in The Way Ahead. The growing support of the SPE leadership toward young members has also been shown by bringing SPE Board member Susan Howes in as a YPCC mentor. During the 2006 ATCE, Josh Etkind, a reservoir engineer for Shell and cofounder of the YPCC, will take over from me as Chairperson. With that, an exciting year comes to an end for me personally, although I will continue to contribute to and support the YPCC as the past chairperson for the next year.