Notable accolades from the 2017 Society of Petroleum Engineers Western Regional (SPE WR) meeting:
- PETE MS student Neeraj Mahajan who won the 2nd place in the MS division of the student paper contest.
- Andrew Johnson (MS PETE 2009, currently with Chevron North America Exploration and Production) was the recipient of the SPE WR Regional Service Award.
- Michael Moustakis (BS PETE 1985, currently with California Resource Corporation) was the recipient of the SPE WR Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award.
- Mohabbat Ahmadi (PETE faculty) was the recipient of the SPE WR Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.