Students to showcase research to energy industry

Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the University of Aberdeen will come together on Thursday 17 November 2011, for ‘An Opportunity for Industry', an annual event showcasing the impressive engineering research undertaken by both institutions.

Representatives from the local energy sector are being invited to find out more about industry-related research projects being undertaken by students at both universities, who have been brought together by the Energy Institute (EI) Aberdeen Highland and Island Branch.

Thirty postgraduate MSc students from both universities will display posters outlining their research projects - all of which are relevant to industry, and many of which have been produced in response to a company's specific need.

Denis Pinto, Vice Chairman of the Energy Institute Aberdeen Highlands and Islands Branch explains, "Some of the brightest young minds of the future are applying their research to current problems in the sector and are keen for those within the industry to view first-hand what they are capable of, and see how they could benefit from the findings."

The event will be moderated by Jeremy Cresswell, Press & Journal Energy Supplement Editor and Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University's Aberdeen Business School.

Grant Maxwell, Associate Head of RGU's School of Engineering said; ""At RGU we pride ourselves in our involvement and interaction with industry, in addition to delivering pertinent course content that relates to current demands. The display of projects from students demonstrates what they can bring to the sector and how everyone involved can benefit mutually".

This is echoed by Professor Paul Mitchell, Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen who added: "For the universities, this event is an excellent opportunity to showcase our postgraduate programmes in energy; particularly focusing on showing our colleagues in industry how they can contribute to student projects through placements and other ideas."

Principal supporter of this event is Nexen Petroleum. The event is also supported by: Shell, Optima Solutions, subsea 7, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. Featuring input from ‘Making the Most of Masters', a Scottish Funding Council project which has been working closely with the University of Aberdeen's masters programmes and the Energy Institute to organise this event.

‘An Opportunity for Industry' will take place at Elphinstone Hall (University of Aberdeen), on 17th November 2011, between 18:00 pm and 20:30 pm. Attendance is free. Anyone interested in attending should register online at


There will be an opportunity to photograph the students and posters at Elphinstone Hall, on 17th November 2011, between 18:00 pm and 20:30 pm. Please contact Katie Begg on 01224 262144.

Issued By:

Katie Begg
Communications Officer | Aberdeen Business School

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262144