About SPE

  • The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is the largest individual membership organization serving practically every type of professional working in the E&P segments of the worldwide oil and gas industry. With more than 79,000 members in more than 115 countries, SPE provides a global forum for the exchange of technology to meet the world's energy needs both today and in the future!

SPE Mission Statement

  • SPE's mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development,and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. SPE accomplishes this mission through a schedule of international conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and short courses; publication of journals, books, and electronic media; and section programs.

Brief History

  • The history of SPE begins within the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME). AIME was founded in 1871 in Pennsylvania, USA, to advance the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. In 1913, a standing committee on oil and gas was created within AIME and proved to be the genesis of SPE. The Oil and Gas Committee of AIME soon evolved into the Petroleum Division of AIME as membership grew and as interest among the members was more clearly delineated among the mining, metallurgical, and petroleum specializations. In 1957, the organization was officially founded as SPE, constituent society of AIME. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985. For more information, download the Member Resource Guide.