Energy Voice | Aberdeen energy students shortlisted in Total-sponsored competition

Six Aberdeen-based energy students have been shortlisted to compete in a Total E&P-sponsored competition.

The challenge, hosted by the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch of the Energy Institute, will see three Robert Gordon University (RGU) and three Aberdeen University graduates present thesis papers to a panel of oil and gas bosses.

From over 400 eligible MSc graduates, six will present their thesis in a ‘Dragons Den’ style to the industry panel.

Nigel Bradburn of the Energy Institute said ”This annual event is a tremendous evening bringing together industry and academia showcasing the latest research and thinking from MSc students at these respective Centres of Excellence.”

“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. It is vital we show our support and encouragement and demonstrate that the industry offers a long-term career path.

“In return, it is a great opportunity for the students to present to key industry figureheads as they start out on their careers.”

The event will be held on Tuesday 20th November at Total’s offices at Westhill, Aberdeen.

Pierre Cuisnier, Central Graben area asset director, Total E&P (UK) Ltd said “As one of the ‘Technical Partners’ of the Energy Institute, we are delighted to be hosting this prestigious
event. We are strongly committed to supporting the next generation of young explorers, scientists and engineers in to one of the most highly skilled and innovative industries in the world.

“Having seen the thesis precis from all six shortlisted students, it is no doubt going to be a very interesting and competitive evening. We are encouraged by the quality of students who are graduating from these two academic centres of excellence.”

The judging panel for 2018 includes: –
• Pierre Cuisnier –  Total E&P UK Ltd
• Donald Taylor –  TAQA Bratani Ltd
• Paul Williams – Premier Oil
• Chris Bird – Goodwyn Energy
• Iain Hutchison – Merlin ERD Ltd
• Martin White – Halliburton

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