Association for black and ethnic minority engineers holds Aberdeen oil and gas events


Dr. Ollie Folayon, Chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland
Dr. Ollie Folayon, Chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland

An organisation which aims to promote engineering as a career choice among people from black and ethnic minority groups, is to host two events in Aberdeen.

AFBE-UK (Association for BME Engineers) is a registered not-for-profit organisation that encourages young people, particularly those of black and minority ethnic (BME) origin, to pursue a career in engineering.

The group works with a number of industry-recognised professional institutions to carry out seminars, mentoring programmes and conferences providing an overview of various aspects affecting the oil and gas industry.

 On October 29, AFBE-UK will hold a seminar – An Overview of Production Control Systems –  which will also feature a talk from Ben Nnam, a lead hydro-mechanical engineer (subsea controls) with GE Oil & Gas in Aberdeen. Nnam will explain how a control system can be used to most efficiently manage the operation of subsea production systems.

Additionally, AFBE-UK will run a day-long course focusing on risk assessment techniques in both the onshore and offshore environments on November 1.

Dr. Ollie Folayon – the Aberdeen-based chairman of AFBE-UK Scotland – said: “The major driver behind these events is to create an avenue where AFBE-UK can regularly interact with students in Aberdeen by sharing real industry experiences with them.

“In addition to giving the students an appreciation of what working in the oil and gas industry entails, we believe the programme also provides an important avenue for networking with professionals.

“These events provide a wonderful opportunity for engineering students to gain one-on-one advice from people who are already gaining practical experience working in the industry and, as such, can advise them how best to get their foot in the door.”

Dr. Folayon is a senior process engineer consulting at a leading oil and gas major. He is also a STEM ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network- which encourages young people to engage with and enjoy these subjects.

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