Outstanding engineering students will present their theses to a panel of distinguished judges as the Energy Institute in Aberdeen hosts its annual competition to find the best academic paper.
The competition is for postgraduate students studying energy-related topics at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen (UoA).
From a field of over 900 eligible MSc graduates, six have been shortlisted by the two universities and they will present their work to senior industry judges on November 24 at WoodGroup PSN’s Trafalgar House offices in Aberdeen.
The three shortlisted students chosen to represent University of Aberdeen are:- Anthimos Pavlidis (MSc Subsea Engineering with Distinction) Andrea Reischl (MSc (Econ) in Petroleum, Energy Economics & Finance with Distinction) Kirsten Grieve (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering with Distinction).
The RGU students are: Sarah Strachan (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering with Distinction) Lucy Obwogo (MSc Petroleum Production Engineering with Distinction), Michael Groarke (MSc Drilling & Well Engineering with Distinction).
The judging panel includes Dave Stewart, chief executive of event sponsor WoodGroup PSN.
EI branch chairman Nigel Bradburn, said: “This event is held to bring together industry and academia, showcasing the latest research and thinking from MSc students and offering them a chance to present to and network with key industry figures.
“We are very fortunate to have such a high quality shortlist of students and it is a real privilege to listen to some of the brightest young minds destined to enter our industry.
“We need to give them support and encouragement during what are difficult times for the sector and demonstrate that it offers a long-term career path.
“Once again, we have attracted a very high profile panel of CEOs, MDs and senior management spanning various aspects of the upstream sector. We are extremely grateful they have taken time out of their schedules to judge this fantastic competition and we are indebted this year to WoodGroupPSN for kindly hosting the event at their Altens facility.”
Professor Jim Anderson of Aberdeen University’s School of Engineering said: “We have an extensive range of energy-based MSc programmes that attract talented students whose work is of a consistently high standard, and this always presents a challenge when it comes to the selection of candidates for the competition.”
Dr Mohamed Amish, Oil and Gas Engineering programme leader at RGU, said: “The Energy Institute MSc Student Best Paper competition is an exciting academic collaboration with our industrial partners. This is a part of our continuous support to students and our commitment for the professional development of future bright young engineers.”
Dave Stewart, said: “Wood Group is committed to supporting and developing new talent for the oil and gas industry. We are delighted to sponsor this year’s EI competition, which represents an opportunity for the next generation of bright young minds to share their innovative and inspiring ideas.”