University of Birmingham students reach final of BP STEM competition

Students, Jagjit Chaggar, Stephen Stone and Richard Hinds from 'Team RJP Solutions' from the University of Birmingham have reached the UK National Final of this year’s BP Ultimate Field Trip global STEM competition. They are one of just four teams to make it through to this stage from over 100 teams entering across the country.

On 22 September 2014, BP, one of the UK’s top graduate recruiters, launched the UK Ultimate Field Trip 2015 (UFT), the UK’s leading university STEM competition that asks teams of three students to come up with a solution to a real-world global energy challenge.

This year’s UFT challenge is focused on water; the global supply and availability of which is an increasing issue for businesses and the environment alike.

The Problem

The production and processing of oil, gas and biofuels both use and produce large amounts of water. Much of the produced water contains contaminants that must be treated before the water can be disposed of. Tightening regulations and increased demand for water in many parts of the world are resulting in increasing costs and risks. The ability to re-use produced water or treat it more efficiently could help manage environmental and energy sustainability challenges.

The Challenge

Identify and develop a novel technical solution that will reduce the amount of water utilised and/or find an effective use for water produced from operations.

The prize

This year’s prize is a two-week field trip to Trinidad & Tobago, where the winning team from the UK competition will join fellow winners from each of the other three countries to learn about BP’s operations in this market where BP is a major producer of natural gas. Each winning team member will also receive £500 worth of Amazon vouchers.

The UK National Final, where teams will go head-to-head, will take place on the 10th March 2015 at the British Museum, London.

 

Notes

  • Miage caption (Left-Right): Jagjit Chaggar (Chemical Engineering), Stephen Stone (Chemical Engineering) and Richard Hinds (Geography).
  • The Ultimate Field Trip was launched in 2010 and is now in its sixth successive year
  • 3,258 UK students from leading STEM universities have entered the Ultimate Field Trip since 2010
  • The Ultimate STEM Challenge was launched in the UK on 1st September 2014 and, in association with the Science Museum and STEMnet, the competition challenges school children, aged 11 – 14, to solve a real world energy challenge. More information can be found on the BP website