University students honoured in industry competition

Two University of Aberdeen Engineering students were awarded for their work in developing real life solutions to industry issues at an event in the city last week.

The Energy Talent Development (ETD) best MSc project competition recognises the achievements of Aberdeen students who have undertaken practical projects within the oil and gas sector.

Six students from the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University were shortlisted in the annual competition which is sponsored by Scottish Enterprise and held in association with Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the Energy Institute (EI).

The winners were announced, following presentations before a highly esteemed panel of industry judges, at an event held at the Marcliffe at Pitfodels on Tuesday (December 8).

Ms Bernice Shobowale, who graduated from the University with an MSc Energy Futures (Oil & Gas) in November, scooped the top prize of £250 for her project titled Preventing calcium naphthenate scale in production facilities.

Mr. Bede Ani, who also graduated from the University in November with an MSc Subsea Engineering, won the third prize of £100 with his presentation titled, Analysis of large diameter caterary risers for oil production in moderate water depths.

Mr Usman Abubakar who graduated in November with an MSc Safety Engineering also represented the University in the competition.

All three students graduated with distinctions in their degrees and were the winners of the Energy Institute prize for topping their respective MSc programmes.

The competition judging panel comprised:

  • John Gallagher – VP Technical Shell
  • Trevor Garlick – VP Renewal BP North Sea
  • Roy Aspden – Asset Support Manager/Head of Decommissioning AMEC
  • Mike Bowyer – Director Halliburton
  • Jamie Oag – Managing Director Optima Solutions UK

The competition prizes were sponsored by Optima Solutions UK.