Jamie Oag will receive an Honorary Degree of Master of the University from Robert Gordon University at its graduation ceremony at 2.30pm on Friday 17 July at His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen.
Jamie Oag is an exemplary Robert Gordon University graduate demonstrating, energy, entrepreneurship and passion for engineering.
Jamie was born in West Lothian in 1966. He was educated at Armadale Academy and on leaving school trained as an apprentice mechanic in his family's firm. In 1989 he moved to Fortrose and while living on a farm he studied for both his ONC and HNC in Mechanical Engineering at Inverness College. Jamie subsequently moved to Aberdeen and initially studied for his BSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Robert Gordon University. Jamie subsequently undertook postgraduate study in the School of Applied Sciences, obtaining an MSc in Instrumental Analytical Science in 1992.
On graduation Jamie joined Halliburton as a Field Engineer where he worked until 1999. On leaving Halliburton Jamie established his own company Optima Solutions, which focused on the development and installation of offshore rig cooling and fire safety systems. The company went from strength to strength gaining numerous awards including Offshore Achievement Awards Winners 2003 sponsored by Oil Majors, Scottish Enterprise High Growth Award Winners 2003 and Winner of the Small Company Performance Award in the 2002 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards.
In February 2008 Jamie sold 55% of Optima to Northern Industries for an eight figure sum. By this time Optima had grown to over 50 employees from the one person who established it in 1999. Today Optima has 70 employees and Jamie is still in a significant leadership role growing the company from the front. This is reflected in the fact that Optima has also just been awarded the 2009 Queens Award for Industry.