Curtin stu­dents win engi­neer­ing test

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A Curtin Univer­sity engi­neer­ing stu­dent team has won an an­nual tech­ni­cal chal­lenge de­vel­oped by Yara Pil­bara de­signed to pre­pare stu­dents for the chem­i­cal and process engi­neer­ing sec­tor.

The three chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dents tri­umphed over 14 other teams from UWA and Curtin Univer­sity.

Yara pro­vides the teams a the­o­ret­i­cal chal­lenge, re­quir­ing them to come up with ideas to im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies in run­ning an am­mo­nia plant. The stu­dents de­vel­oped and pre­sented their work to a panel of judges— Yara Pil­bara gen­eral man­ager Chris Ri­jk­sen and two of the com­pany’s grad­u­ate process en­gi­neers, Adrian Hansen and Doug Velho. Mr Ri­jk­sen said he was im­pressed with the pre­sen­ta­tions by all teams and the way the stu­dents had worked to­gether to crit­i­cally an­a­lyse a present-day pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity sit­u­a­tion.

“The chal­lenge was about op­ti­mis­ing per­for­mance of a par­tic­u­lar part of the plant and in do­ing so achieve greater en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and the stu­dents’ ideas could even­tu­ally be im­ple­mented at our site,” he said. The win­ning team mem­bers re­ceived a cash prize and will be of­fered in­ter­views for places in the com­pany’s 12-week va­ca­tion pro­gram.

Pic­ture: Yara Pil­bara

Chris Ri­jk­sen, Doug Velho and Adrian Hansen with the fi­nal­ists from Curtin Univer­sity and UWA.

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