In Scotland, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Shankar Bhukya as its new chairman, taking over from Ross Lowdon, who has stepped down due to a relocation to Houston. Bhukya took over the role on April 1.
Beginning his career as regional applications engineer at Smith Services in Aberdeen, Bhukya has more than eight years of oil and gas industry experience, and is a technical marketing engineer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV) for Europe and the Sub-Sahara Africa region.
Bhukya has been involved in SPE Aberdeen for more than 15 years. He has co-chaired the Student Development Committee for the last four years, playing a part in encouraging university and post graduate students to pursue and develop careers in the oil and gas industry.
In 2014, he received the SPE Aberdeen Section Service Award for his assistance in helping university students prepare for the industry, and for the support he has provided to the SPE student chapters in Scotland for so many years.
SPE has thousands of members in the UK, each of whom is affiliated to one of three UK sections in Aberdeen, London, and Great Yarmouth. Aberdeen is the largest of these sections with over 2,500 members.