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UWI Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter wins Prestigious Award

For Release Upon Receipt - November 27, 2020

St. Augustine


The UWI SPE Student Chapter officers 2019/20: (From Left ) Secretary Danielle Pacheco, President Ahilia Gajadhar, Treasurer Rishma Persad, Vice President Celine Gooljar, Faculty Advisor Professor Raffie Hosein, Communications Chairperson Aliyah Ali, Membership Chairperson Navin Ragoo, and Programme Chairperson Lauren Rodrigues. Not included in the photo is Social Activities Chairperson Deana-Marie Burkett

The UWI Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter has copped the Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Chapter from the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI). This prestigious award is the organisation’s highest honor, recognising only the top 5 per cent of SPEI student chapters around the world, and this is UWI SPE’s first time winning the award. 

The Presidential Award is given to student chapters with exceptional programmes in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development, and innovation. All 2020 Outstanding Student Chapter recipients were recognised in October 2020 at SPEI’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston, Texas, USA. 

This recognition is one of several given to the student chapter based at UWI St Augustine. In 2019, they won the SPEI Student Chapter Excellence Award, the second highest honour a student chapter may receive. In July 2020, The UWI SPE Student Chapter PetroBowl Team placed 3rd in the SPE Latin America and Caribbean Regional PetroBowl Competition and qualified to take part in the SPE International PetroBowl competition to be held in Houston in October. Eighteen universities from nine countries in Latin America and Caribbean took part in this competition. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PetroBowl competition was held virtually for the first time. 

The UWI SPE Student Chapter is made up of students with a focus or interest in petroleum engineering. The chapter’s faculty advisor is Professor Raffie Hosein, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Petroleum Engineering. 

Established in the early 1900s, the Society of Petroleum Engineers today is an independent, nonprofit global organisation with more than 153,000 members in 143 countries. They manage key petroleum industry resources such as OnePetro and PetroWiki, in addition to publishing magazines, books and peer-reviewed journals. SPE hosts more than 100 conferences, workshops, and other events each year around the world. 




About The UWI 

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. For more, visit


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of “The”)