Leading lights recognised at annual student awards
More than 20 students were recognised at the Annual Society of Petroleum (SPE) Student and Industry Awards Gala dinner last month.
The event was attended by around 100 staff, students and industry from the School of Minerals Energy Resources Engineering (MERE) and marks the first official event since the School of Mining and School of Petroleum have merged.
Industry, staff and students came together at the awards to recognise and celebrate the outstanding success of students studying Petroleum Engineering at UNSW.
SPE, which is an international body representing petroleum engineers and oil and gas professionals, enables engineers around the world to connect.
Professor Stephen Foster, Head of School of MERE, opened the night by congratulating the students on their hard work throughout the year.
Professor Foster remarked that “companies contributing to the minerals and energy industries bring in over $180b to the Australian export economy, accounting for 53 per cent of our national exports income. The strong links between the minerals and energy sectors with the future renewable economy is both important and clear”.
The awards went to students who demonstrated outstanding overall academic performance for each year of the undergraduate program, as well as postgraduate coursework and research students.
Awards were also given out to the highest performing student in more than 10 different undergraduate courses.
Several special prizes were presented including the Henry Salisch Student Service Award which recognises an individual who, in the view of the student body, has contributed to the wider success of the school and associated organisations.
Exxon Mobil engineer Ronnie Ling also spoke on the night as a special guest.
Congratulations to all the recipients.