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RGU wins Energy Institute competition for the ninth year in a row

Posted on 04 Dec 2023 and read 671 times
RGU wins Energy Institute competition for the ninth year in a rowLeft to right: Rebecca Allison, Suzanna Carlson, Mohamed Amish, Agga Agga and Katrina Dunbar

Robert Gordon University (RGU) engineering student Agga Agga took the top prize in an annual competition held by the Energy Institute (EI) that honours the best energy industry projects from MSc students at Aberdeen’s universities. The event, organised by the EI Aberdeen, Highlands, and Islands (AHI) branch, brings together industry and academia, displaying the latest thinking and research from MSc students and allowing them to network with prospective employers.

Senior representatives and industry figures were part of a judging panel that was impressed by the quality and standard of the student projects and presentations at an event held at the end of November. RGU’s participation in this competition ties in the university’s strategic aims around teaching, learning and the student experience as well as economic, social, cultural development and environmental sustainability.

Agga Agga who is graduating with an MSc in Oil and Gas Engineering, received first prize of £250 for his thesis Sensitivity Analysis of Operational Parameters on an Advanced Geothermal Energy Storage System in the Gassum Formation, Denmark.

He said: “I am delighted to have won the first place and I would like to thank my industry partners ZeGen Energy and Ross Energy DK for laying the building blocks for a successful project. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to present on behalf of RGU and highly encourage further events like these providing a bridge between industry and academia.”

This is the ninth year in a row that a student from RGU has won the competition's top prize. The third prize of £100 also went to an RGU student, Suzanna Carson, who is graduating with an MSc Oil and Gas Engineering for her thesis on Electrification of Offshore Petroleum Installation with Offshore Wind Integration.

Rebecca Allison, chair of the local Energy Institute branch, which hosted the evening at the Net Zero Technology Centre in Aberdeen, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see in-depth, thoughtful and impactful research coming from the next generation of energy sector practitioners and leaders.”

Lead judge and sponsor, Innes Auchterlonie, CEO of Imrandd, said: “Imrandd remains committed to supporting initiatives that nurture the next generation of young people in energy. Competitions such as this gives us confidence that the future of the sector is in capable hands, while actively promoting a meaningful dialogue between academia and industry.”

Dr Mohamed Amish, oil and gas engineering programme leader and school competition lead at RGU’s School of Engineering, said: “I am extremely proud of Agga and Suzanna for their accomplishments. It also serves as an example of the exceptional quality of our sustainable energy courses and the diverse, innovative, and dynamic team support at RGU, as well as ensuring these courses are relevant to the evolving jobs market.”