Leadership

Elected in November of 2017, the current executive board for OSU SPE will serve from January 2018 until December of 2018. 


 

President — Chase Holderman

Chase Holderman is a junior chemical engineering major from Owasso, OK. Chase has been an active member of SPE for the past three years and previously served as the Vice President. Chase worked as a completions engineering intern in the Utica basin last summer for Ascent Resources. Chase will be returning to Ascent Resources this summer to intern as a reservoir engineer at the headquarters in OKC. During the school year Chase works as a College of Engineering Career Coach. Along with SPE, Chase is involved with the CEAT Scholars Program, CEAT Student Council, and several philanthropies on campus. Chase will be graduating with a major in chemical engineering and minor in petroleum engineering in the spring of 2019.

 
 
Vice President — Chris Poulan

Chris Poulan is currently a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering and will graduate in May of 2019. He is pursuing two minors, in Petroleum Engineering and  in Finance. He is from Trophy Club, Texas where he graduated from Fort Worth Christian High School in 2015. Chris has been an active member of SPE since arriving at OSU in the fall of 2015 and previously served as the Secretary. He has also been involved in many other organizations and philanthropies at Oklahoma State. In the summer of 2017, Chris had the opportunity to intern with KPMG US in Dallas, Texas and he will be interning with Ascent Resources in the summer of 2018. His hobbies include traveling, playing soccer and playing golf.

 

Membership Director — Riley Vancuren

Riley Vancuren is a junior studying Chemical Engineering, and a minor in Spanish,  from Owasso, OK. She has been an active member of SPE for the past two years. She has interned at Advance Research Chemicals in Tulsa for the past summer, and has been involved in research in the Chemical Engineering Department here at Oklahoma State. She is also involved in several other philanthropies on campus, as well as in her local church. She will graduate in May of 2019.

 

Treasurer — Ray Martin

Raymond Martin is a Chemical Engineering Junior from Choctaw, Oklahoma. Ray has been active in SPE for 3 years. Ray has worked in defense contracting as an engineering intern for Booz Allen Hamilton during this past summer. During the regular semester, Ray works as a College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) Academic Coach. In addition to SPE, Ray is involved in CEAT Student Council, the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Ray will graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering.

 

Secretary — Ryan Waldroop

Ryan Waldroop is third year chemical engineering student at Oklahoma State University. After interning with Waterfield Energy, a midstream/downstream software company based out of Tulsa, in the summer of 2016, he joined Chesapeake Energy in the Powder River Basin last summer as a facilities engineering intern. He will be returning as an intern to Chesapeake’s corporate office in Oklahoma City this

upcoming summer. On campus, Ryan has been a member of several organizations such as SPE, CFC, Tau Beta Pi, and AICHE, and plans to graduate in May 2019.

 

 

Event Director  — Kevin Norris

Kevin Norris is a Sophomore chemical engineering major from Stillwater, OK. Kevin has been an active member of SPE since his freshman year. Kevin will work as a completions engineering intern for Ascent Resources in the Utica Basin this summer, and is the active scholarship chairman of his fraternity. Kevin is involved with AIChE and the American Chemical Society along with his SPE position and several other philanthropies on campus. He will graduate with a BS in chemical engineering and minor in petroleum engineering in the spring of 2020.

 

University Student Representative — Seth Sleeper

Seth Sleeper is a senior mechanical engineering major from Jones, OK. Seth has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for a year, but recently became a member of the SPE executive team in late 2017. Seth plans to intern as a structural engineer this summer for POWER Engineers in the Fort Worth, Texas location. Not only is Seth an active member in SPE he is involved in the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society and the Oklahoma State pistol shooting team. Seth is graduating in December of 2018 with a Bachelors in mechanical engineering and a minor in petroleum engineering.

 

Graduate School Representative - Zachary Speer

Zachary Speer is a second year graduate student currently working on his masters degree in Petroleum Engineering. Zach received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico Tech. He then spent three years in Seattle working as a nuclear engineer, performing reactor maintenance on US Navy submarines. Zach then moved to Oklahoma to stay in the energy industry and focus his career on Petroleum Engineering. This is Zach’s first year as an SPE officer, and when he is not busy studying or researching, he can be found racing bikes and playing chess.

Faculty Advisor Dr. Prem Bikkina
Dr. Bikkina is currently an assistant professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He is a chemical (B.S. and M.S.) and petroleum (Ph.D.) engineer by training. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Earth Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley. He has also worked in various chemical and petroleum industries. His current research interests include enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, geological sequestration, and multiphase emulsion characterization. He is a member of SPE, AIChE, ACS, and ASME. His work resulted into high impact journal publications and patents in the above research areas and he has been working as a reviewer for more than 10 international journals. In his free time, he likes to read, explore YouTube and Google, and entertain his family and friends.