Energy Institute celebrates the best students in Aberdeen 

energy-institute-aberdeenThe Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch of the Energy Institute (EI) will host its annual ‘MSc Student Best Paper’ competition for postgraduate students in the city tomorrow.

The event celebrate this year’s best thesis papers from MSc students studying energy-related topics at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen (UoA).

From a field of over 800 eligible MSc graduates, six have been shortlisted by the two universities and they will present their thesis in a ‘Dragons Den’ style to a senior industry panel of judges specially chosen by the EI.  

The three shortlisted students chosen to represent UoA are:-

  • Joshua Marsh (MSc Subsea Engineering with Distinction)
  • Marilyn Marilyn (MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas with Distinction
  • Haider Mohammad (MSc Petroleum Engineering with Commendation)

From RGU the three selected students are:-

  • Greig McAndrew (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering with Distinction)
  • Priya Sihag ( MSc Petroleum Production Engineering with Distinction)
  • Diana Carolina Gomez Garcia (MSc Drilling & Well Engineering with Distinction)


The judging panel comprises:-

  • Mike Backus, VP Operations UK, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.
  • Dan Purkis – Technology Director, Well-SENSE Technology Ltd
  • Colette Cohen – Chief Executive, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre
  • Steve ShayEurope and Mediterranean Business Unit Asset Manager, Ensco
  • Derek Robertson – Project Director, Aker Solutions
  • Mike Wilson – Managing Director, Ecosse-Subsea Systems Ltd
  • Laurie Mackay – Chairman, Energy Institute Aberdeen Highlands & Islands Branch

Laurie Mackay said: ”This annual 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 figureheads as they pursue their careers in the industry.

“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.  During these difficult times it is vital we show our support and encouragement and demonstrate that the industry offers a long-term career path.”

john-scrimgeour-executive-director-of-aberdeen-institute-of-energyJohn Scrimgeour, Director of Aberdeen University’s Institute of Energy,  (pictured, left) said: “The Energy Institute competition is  a great opportunity for students to showcase their dissertation work to a distinguished panel of industry representatives. 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.”

The event at Kingswells, Aberdeen is free to attend and starts at 6pm. 

Pre-booking is required. Contact Nigel Bradburn, Branch Professional Development Co-Ordinator:

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