Twelve UWA students won prizes for their outstanding achievements in gas process engineering (GPE) this year and were rewarded with an opportunity to celebrate and network with Chevron staff at the annual GPE evening held in the CBD last week.
This comes hot on the tails of the UWA Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) being selected to receive the 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognising exceptional programs and presented to less than 10 percent of chapters worldwide.
The award reflects ongoing effort of UWA staff and committees to continue developing industry engagement, operations and planning, community engagement, professional development and innovation.
Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies has invested in a UWA partnership in gas processing research for ten years enabling more industry involvement in engineering education and supporting UWA’s Professorial Chair in Gas Processing Engineering Professor Eric May established in 2009.
Over the term of the partnership more than 100 students have received personal recognition via the Chevron Chair awards allowing direct access to networking with Chevron employees and opportunities to be considered for the Chevron graduate program.
Speaking at the event Professor May said the Chevron partnership reflected the importance of industry engagement and connections to assist students with employment opportunities on graduating.
“The UWA-Chevron partnership is bringing real and substantial benefits, one of which will help supply a continuous pipeline of talented engineering graduates for Chevron’s graduate program and upskilling the future leaders of engineering,” he said.
Chevron Facilities Engineering Manager Lawrence Fletcher praised the partnership with UWA as being an important part of Chevron’s Business Unit.
“Our long-term relationship with UWA gives us an opportunity to keep in touch with the graduate program and emphasise the importance for graduates to have a solid technical background and a well-rounded skill set. We are grateful for the commitment that Eric and his team have put into building students who have strong capabilities,” he said.
One such UWA student, recruited for Chevron’s graduate program as an LNG Process Engineer, is Stephanie Mather who has been involved in the start-up of Barrow Island Gorgon LNG Plant operations.
“It has been an amazing opportunity. I have worked on a variety of different projects and I have done things that I would never have imagined as a student, including lots of travelling.
“My advice for other women who want to break into this male-dominated career is to just be yourself – you can do a lot more than you think you can – so go for it,” she said.
Professor Eric May concluded that 2016 had been a great success with two new vital funding opportunities. The first was $9.6 million from the Australian Research Council and nine industry partners for the Training Centre for LNG Futures at UWA, led by Professor May, it will support five Post Doctorate researchers, at least 10 PhD researchers and 12 academics from a range of universities. The second is a $1 million partnership with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals & Saudi Aramco, that funds students to come to UWA for training, development and further study of engineering in oil and gas.