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Leading the Petroleum Students Organization in Russia, Muhammad Iksan Kiat Achieves “SPE OUTSTANDING STUDENT CHAPTER AWARD”


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There was one pride on September 15, 2018, Muhammad Iksan Kiat as the 2017/2018 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter (SC) in Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) received the highest award “Outstanding Student Chapter Award” from SPE International for the successful one-year work period. The annual award was given directly by the President of SPE International Mr. Sami Alnuaim from Saudi Aramco and the Director of Russia and Caspian Region Mrs. Aizhana Jussupbekova from ExxonMobil at the SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference 2018, Moscow.

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award (OSC) is presented to the chapters whose programs, activities, and levels of participation distinguish that chapter from others. As for the best SC or petroleum student organization model selection process (the top 10% of SC), there are five key indicators considered, including 30% industry engagement; 30% operations and planning; 15% community involvement; 10% professional development; and 15% innovation. In contrast to Texas A & M, Gubkin University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University, Moscow State University which also received the same award, the achievement of SPE SC NArFU was considered unique due to the following reasons: this chapter was born three years ago; its president is a foreign student; and it’s located far from the center of the petroleum industry. SPE SC NARFU is running on a Federal University base located in the Arctic region, Russia, where Iksan completed his bachelor degree with Red Diploma (Cumlaude) in “Operation and Maintenance of Oil Production Facilities”.

Iksan With President of SPE International Mr. Sami Alnuaim from Saudi Aramco and Director of Russia and Caspian Regional Mrs. Aizhana Jussupbekova dari ExxonMobil pada acara SPE Russian Petroleum Techology Conference 2018, Moscow. / EWINDO

“To be entrusted as a President and to carry out the mandate well, there are many administrative challenges and environmental pressures that I had to be facing during a year work period, considering that I’m a Foreign Student and that Student Chapter is classified as the youngest in Russia. But as an engineer, pressure is what I need to achieve much oil from the underground. They key is neither to hold nor let it blow up, but to control it by transferring the energy in the right form to the right place. Then you might get the desired amount of oil” Iksan said to ENERGYWORLD Wednesday, 10/17/18

Another question arose, how could Iksan, an Indonesian millennial, from Buru Island, Maluku, be able to study far away and make many achievements abroad?

“Being born in a small village in the eastern horizon is natural. But fighting spirit, Indonesian soul and usefulness intention need to be cultivated. Alhamdulillah, my jihad was supported by great and caring people, like Mr. Ardian Nengkoda, Mr. Tutuka Ariadji and Mr. Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi. Those who always provide me academic guidance and motivation” answered the 2016/2017 Chairman of the Indonesian Students Association in Russia (PERMIRA), 2017/2018 Coordinator of the Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance in the America-European Region (PPI AMEROP), Member of the PPI Dunia Energy Study Team.

Siwalima High School graduate is now pursuing Master degree in the best petroleum campus in Russia, “Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas” majoring in “Development Design and Operation of Gas and Gas Condensate Fields”. Not only that, Iksan also is following a double degree program with a specialization in “Economics and Management of the Oil and Gas Industry”.

I believe that to fight for the nation’s energy sovereignty, a future engineer needs a comprehensive understanding of the energy industry, especially oil and gas, in other words, not only the technical knowledge we need to learn, but also international economics and politics as well as other complementary sciences, he explained.

No less important ability for millennial engineers is leadership. “To become a competent engineer, I realize that I need to learn how to communicate effectively; to manage time, financial and energy; and to make the best decisions. And I accelerate the development of such soft skills at SPE and PPI” explained Iksan, the steering committee member of the American-European Students Symposium “Securing Indonesia’s Energy Sovereignty: Security, Economy and Sustainability Nexus”. |AMRD


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