Dear ISMAANA members:
It is a great pleasure for me to communicate with you as the President/Chairman of our North America Alumni Association. We are taking steps to assist our Alma Mater in a variety of positive and impactful way. We, as the ISMAANA Executive Committee, have achieved several goals and objectives as given below:
- Granting eight (8) merit-scholarships at ISM and executing the scholarship program effectively in a sustainable manner since 2015.
- Thirty-nine (39) merit-cum-means scholarships have been pledged by ISMAANA members in 2017. MOUs on these scholarships are being finalized.
- Communicating effectively and often with our Alma Mater and the ISMAANA members located in North America – newsletters are being published regularly and we are working on our web system and/or joining other forms of social media to communicate with our members and ISM family worldwide.
The ISMAANA Board has worked very closely with ISM in developing and executing the scholarship programs and various MOUs. The ISM Director, Dr. D. C. Panigrahi, and our Executive Committee have been extremely pleased with the progress made to date.
I sincerely thank our publishing editors of the newsletter. Please continue publishing it every quarter, as it serves a good means to keep abreast of various ISM and ISMAANA activities. I am also requesting our members to share the newsletter with others who may not be receiving it to encourage sign-up.
I encourage each one of you to prepare articles for publication in future newsletters. If you would like to share your ideas, particularly any items related to your ISM experience, please feel free to send to the editors of this newsletter. Also, if you have any feedback to enhance ISMAANA’s roles in assisting our Alma Mater, please send me an e-mail.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working in my present role for three plus years, and it has been a pleasure for me to work with the current Board members and the ISM senior management. At the end of the year, I will be transitioning to my new role as the past Chairman of ISMAANA, and during the New Year, a new Executive Committee and board will be in place. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve ISMAANA and our alma mater.
With best wishes to you and your family members and Happy Holidays,
Ganesh Thakur (Class of 1970 Petroleum Engineering)
Director of Energy Industry Partnerships &
Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering
University of Houston, Texas, USA
2012 SPE Intl. President
Former VP & Fellow – Chevron Technology