This is my last summary as I am leaving my position as the Executive Editor of the reservoir engineering portion of the SPEREE. This has been a great and memorable experience for me. I have always considered working for SPE a privilege and I am grateful that I have had another opportunity to serve and work with a large number of very dedicated volunteers and the SPE staff.
Together, we have come a long way in two short years. Here is a summary of the highlights both in terms of increasing the quantity and enhancing the quality of the journal:
I am certain that all of these changes will help to further improve the journal. However, our journal is not designed to serve the interests of only one group of people. SPEREE is for all of us in the industry, for the very young and less experienced to the highly experienced professionals, for those in academia and those working for various companies in research or in the field. With such a wide variety of readers, it will be difficult to keep everyone happy all of the time. Yet, the hard working SPE staff, volunteers on the Peer Review Committee, and all the authors who submit their papers for review and publication endeavor to "Make it happen," and I am grateful for that. My goal in the past two years has been to establish accountability and discipline in our peer review process and--aside from occasional disagreements--I did enjoy a full cooperation from the team. I look forward to working for SPE in other capacities in which I feel that I can add value and make a difference.
And finally, I would like to warmly welcome Dr. Anil Ambastha as the new Co-Executive Editor forSPEREE. He received an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, an MS degree in operations research, and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. Ambastha currently works for Chevron in Indonesia as a senior advisor in reservoir simulation. His work experience is in simulation modeling, transient pressure analysis, heavy oil recovery, and gas reservoir engineering. He has served SPE in many different capacities at the section board and head office committee levels. Ambastha has served on the Peer Review Committee as a Technical Editor and Associate Editor for 15 years.