RGU students win Energy Institute competition

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) James O’Hare has taken home the top prize in an annual competition held by the Energy Institute (EI) to celebrate Aberdeen’s best MSc students.

EI awardsThe event, sponsored by Aker Solutions Limited, was organised by the EI Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch to honour the best energy papers from MSc students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen (UoA). 

This annual event brings 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. The judging panel included senior industry figures from Centrica, TechFest, Norwell Drilling, Eland Oil & Gas, and IMRANDD in addition to host Aker Solutions Limited.

The overall winner, who received a £250 prize, was James O’Hare from RGU's MSc Oil & Gas Engineering.  His winning thesis was entitled: 'A comprehensive study of the formation, identification and removal of common inorganic oilfield scale with practical investigation in the potential application of protic ionic liquids for scale removal.'

Eric Root, a recent graduate from the MSc Subsea Engineering course at RGU received the second prize of £150 for his thesis: 'A suitable model for assessing the integrity of subsea control modules for re-use after decommissioning.'  The third prize of £100 went to Kurniati Muhamad Ekotomo from the MSc Subsea Engineering at UoA for her thesis: 'Analysis of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel catenary riser installation in j-lay method using orcaflex in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.'

Winning student James said: “I am astonished to have won first prize.  There was an exceptionally high level of talent and to be selected out of so many students is a fantastic surprise.  Being awarded the EI prize is a big confidence boost and I look forward to progressing my career in oil and gas engineering.”

James added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people from RGU’s School of Engineering, the EI, and the oil and gas industry who have assisted and supported me.”

Nigel Bradburn FEI, of the local Energy Institute branch who moderated the evening said: "Once again the two universities in Aberdeen have proved to be phenomenal centres of academic learning and excellence.  These two world-renowned establishments bring to the marketplace some pioneering ideas and solutions as was so clearly demonstrated by James’s submission. 

"The judges were extremely impressed with both the quality and relevance of all six student presentations, and this was clearly reflected in the close scoring.  It is really encouraging to see in-depth research and fresh ideas coming from the next generation of industry practitioners.”


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