Trio of Aberdeen oil and gas MSc students scoop 2016 UK Energy Institute awards

Aberdeen students (front, from left) Joshua Marsh, Carolina Garcia and Priya Sihag display their winning certificates as Laurie Mackay from the Energy Institute (rear left) and Mike Backus (Nexen) look on.
Aberdeen students (front, from left) Joshua Marsh, Carolina Garcia and Priya Sihag display their winning certificates as Laurie Mackay from the Energy Institute (rear left) and Mike Backus (Nexen) look on.

The winners of this year’s Best Energy Paper from Aberdeen MSc students have been announced by the Energy Institute – the leading chartered body for professionals in the UK energy industry.

The event was organised by the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch of the Institute to honour the best energy papers from students at Robert Gordon and Aberdeen universities.

The annual event is held to bring together industry and academia, showcasing the latest thinking and research from MSc students as well as enabling them to network with prospective future employers.

Six students were shortlisted by the two universities for the final judging session, from which the following three overall winners emerged.

  • The overall winner, who received a £250 prize, was Carolina Gomez Garcia from RGU’s MSc Drilling & Well Engineering course.
  • In second place was Joshua Marsh, a recent graduate from the MSc Subsea Engineering course at Aberdeen University, who received a prize of £150 for his thesis: “Protecting Export Routes for the Beryl Field.
  • Third prize of £100 went to Priya Sihag from the MSc in Petroleum Production Engineering course at RGU  for her thesis on fracking.

Laurie Mackay FEI, Chairman of the Energy Institute branch, said: “The students’ submissions – covering a variety of topics across the exploration, drilling, projects, operations and environmental aspects of our industry – clearly demonstrated the type of innovative thinking needed to tackle the many challenges we face.”

Fellow judge Dan Purkis of Well-SENSE Technology Ltd, said: “I avidly believe that the industry must do all it can to support and encourage young talent and events such as these are instrumental in that. Despite it being a turbulent time in the sector – there is still so much eagerness to learn and it’s essential that we not only remember, but foster it.”

Mike Backus, Operations Vice-President, Nexen Petroleum UK – which hosted the event –  said “This is the second time that we’ve has held the competition in past three years and I am encouraged by the continuous stream of high quality students from both RGU and Aberdeen University.”

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