Oil students scoop £7,500 bursaries from Society of Petroleum Engineers

SPE student bursaries 2016Seven students have shared a total of £7,500 in bursaries from the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Almost 100 applications were received and for the first time this year, the shortlisted finalists were invited to present one of their answers from their bursary application to a panel of judges before the final recipients were selected.

Two bursaries of £2,500, were awarded to Andrew MacDonald, MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering student at Robert Gordon University, and Mohammed Mehdi Walji, MSc Petroleum Engineering student at Heriot Watt University.

MacDonald’s chosen topic was entitled: ‘How can innovation from other industries improve efficiency in the energy sector?’, whilst Walji presented a paper on ‘Recruitment and apprenticeships in industry downturns”.

A further £500 was awarded to five other students to help with their studies: Adam Zalewski, MSc Petroleum Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Edris Joonaki,PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Alexandra Kuznetsova, PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, Rachael Hunter, PhD Applied Geoscience, Heriot Watt University and Naroshinii Annaselam, MEng Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering, University of Strathclyde.

All students were presented with their bursaries by Katy Heidenreich, Joint Chairman, Student Development Committee.

SPE Aberdeen chairman, Ian Phillips, said: “We are particularly proud of our annual student bursary scheme and were delighted to receive so many applications at such a high standard.  It is vital now more than ever that we continue to support the young people keen to enter our industry.”

Pictured (above) from left, are: Katy Heidenreich, Adam Zalewski, Alexandra Kuznetsova, Andrew MacDonald, Mohammed Mehdi Walji, Edris Joonaki, Naroshinii Annaselam, and  Sylvester Ofogba, Vice-Chairman, Student Development Committee.


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