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PRESS RELEASE - U.S. Silica's Frank Syfan named Society of Petroleum Engineer's Distinguished Lecturer

November 21, 2011

Technical Expert on Proppant Selection and Well Conductivity Honored

Frederick, Md. (November 21, 2011) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) selected 27 global technical experts to their Distinguished Lecturer 2012-2013 program, including Frank Syfan of U.S. Silica.

Each year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers selects a group of around 40 individuals who are experts in their field and capable speakers to share their expertise with SPE members through visits to local sections.  Started in 1961 with three lecturers, the Distinguished Lecturer Program is funded primarily by the SPE Foundation through member donations and a contribution from Offshore Europe.  Only 900 members have been chosen by the SPEDL committee to serve since its 50 year inception.

The process begins with nomination by industry peers and the candidate must pass intense screening.  The final candidates are then asked to make a final audition presentation to the committee.

This year only 44 international candidates made the final audition, and of that, only 27 were chosen to represent the SPE membership. The individuals are nominated and selected by their peers, the Distinguished Lecturer Committee. Selection is recognition of their expertise and recipient is considered a world class expert in their discipline.

During the 2012-2013 presentation season, the Distinguished Lecturers will be asked to give up to 40 presentations on six (6) continents to the various SPE chapters located around the world. Frank Syfan’s Distinguished Lecturer topic: “Proper Proppant Selection: Well Productivity Depends On It!” will be presented through the Society of Petroleum Engineers worldwide in 2012-2013. Visit for more details.

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