Our Team

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Luke Simpson - President

Welcome to the UNSW Student SPE Chapter page. My name is Luke Simpson and I am in my fourth year of study in Petroleum Engineering/Chemical Engineering Science. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the President of our chapter for 2019. First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you students reading this, on behalf of the entire committee, for allowing us to represent you as your SPE committee. I look forward to facilitating your professional development as best we can in the upcoming year. With this goal in mind, I’d like to introduce the rest of the committee for 2019.

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Liam Martin - Vice President

Hi there! I’m Liam and currently in my fourth year studying Petroleum Engineering. I am excited to be working closely with this fantastic team for the next year. We have a big year ahead of us, and I will be continuously looking for new ways to enrich all our members, and to equip them with the skills to professionally develop themselves.

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Martin Nguyen - Secretary

Hello everyone! My name is Martin and I’m excited to be working with the committee to bring about a fun and inclusive environment at all our upcoming events!

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Alexander Ney - Treasurer

Hello and Welcome! I’m Alex, a second-year student of Petroleum and Mining Engineering. Getting involved in the UNSW SPE Student Chapter from the very beginning of my student career at UNSW was a great way for me to get to know people, the course and the university. As Treasurer I hope to allow all new students to have as smooth an introduction to their course as I have. See you around!

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Joshua Lee - Student Development Officer

Hi, my name's Joshua a 4th year in Petroleum Engineering. It's a privilege to represent the student cohort as a Student Development Officer for 2019. I'm greatly looking forward to meeting more of our you as well as help steer our cohorts to being a more cohesive and interactive unit. There are a lot of events coming down the track and I am certain they will be invaluable platforms to extend everyone's social and professional aspirations.

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Victor Blanca - Postgraduate Representative

Hello, my name is Victor and I’m a Postgraduate of Petroleum Engineering Student. I have always been interested in the petroleum industry and I have three years of experience as a Drilling Engineer in my home country of Venezuela. As a postgraduate representative, I’m looking forward to encouraging postgraduate students to participate in our SPE events as well as organizing events of common interest for petroleum engineering students.

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Ghaida Aljuhani - Early Year Representative

Hello everyone! My name is Ghaida and I’m a second-year Petroleum Engineering Student. I am very excited to be part of the UNSW SPE student chapter for 2019. As an early year representative, I look forward to provide assistance and encourage my fellow petroleum engineering students especially first and second years with getting involved in all SPE activities and events. 

Hello everyone, my name is Zak and I’m a fourth-year petroleum engineering student at UNSW. I am from New Zealand, and I’m also in charge of the website, photographing events as well advertising SPE events. We have a lot of exciting events planned for this year, so make sure to keep an eye on the SPE Website, the SPE Facebook page, as well as your emails to stay informed as to what entertaining events we have lined up. Some of what we offer are field trips, industry talks and a formal gala dinner. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the comping SPE events!

Zak Targett - Media & Communications
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Who We Are

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is an international professional organization representing engineers, scientists and educators involved in the oil and gas industry, with over 165,000 members worldwide. The student chapter of SPE at the University of New South Wales (SPE UNSW) was established over 30 years ago in 1986, providing students interested in pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry with a platform to develop their technical skills, and to connect with industry figures.

What We Do

The Society of Petroleum Engineers UNSW Student Chapter aims to improve student life for all Petroleum Engineering students at UNSW. As the student branch of a global organisation, we look to bridge the gap between students and professionals by offering a platform for them to connect over.


Activities range from The SPE Student Awards Gala Dinner, Field Trips, Distinguished Lecturer Talks, Women In Engineering Q&A Panels, mentoring programs, professional and soft skills development, young professionals and industry networking events.

Supported by the UNSW School of Petroleum Engineering

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