Celebrating the innovation of engineering students

Wood Group PSN has sponsored an annual competition celebrating the ingenuity of engineering scholars, studying in Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Highlands & Islands branch of the Energy Institute’s (EI) competition aims to find the best thesis paper from University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University (RGU) students undertaking energy-related degrees.

From a field of over 900 eligible MSc graduates, six were shortlisted by the two universities and presented their thesis to a senior industry panel of judges, including Dave Stewart, chief executive officer (CEO) of Wood Group PSN and Alan Fotheringham, strategy and development director at Wood Group Kenny, at an event hosted by Wood Group on November 24th.

The overall winner, who received a £250 prize, was Lucy Obwogo from RGU's MSc in Petroleum Production Engineering. Her winning thesis was entitled: “Artificial Lift Evaluation for Ngamia Field, Block 10bb, Kenya.”

Andrea Reischl from Luxembourg, a recent graduate from the MSc (Econ) in Petroleum, Energy Economics & Finance at the University of Aberdeen received the second prize of £150 for his thesis: “Economic examination of low-to-medium enthalpy geothermal energy utilisation in Hungary through a case study on the Nagyszénás 3 well”. The third prize of £100 went to Kirsten Grieve from the MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering at the University of Aberdeen for her thesis: “Viability of Enhanced MNA for cell sediment management within the Brent Delta GBS cells.”

Dave Stewart says: “Wood Group is committed to supporting and developing new talent for the oil and gas industry. The EI competition represents an opportunity to celebrate the next generation of bright young minds, and we are delighted to have sponsored the event.

"Through the judging process I was offered an insight into the inspiring and innovative ideas being developed by young engineers. The winning entrant and shortlisted candidates should be commended for their academic efforts, which showed strong understanding of the sector and vision as to how we tackle future challenges."