Brief History

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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. In 2007 SPE celebrates 50-year anniversary and in 2011 SPE surpasses 100,000 members worldwide and now it’s more than 125 000 members worldwide