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REF NO.: 176

SUBJECT: Engineering graduate students win at Atlantic workshop

DATE: June 2

Three graduate students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University won Best Poster Presentation in the student competition at the Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Workshop which took place May 26-30 at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The prize, $500 donated by EnCana, goes to Haibo Niu (China), Worakanok Thanyamanta (Thailand) and Vanessa Pennell (St. John's) for their poster presentation called An Integrated Approach for Environmental Decision-Making for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. Haibo Niu also won in the student category for Best Oral Presentation, an award valuing $500 sponsored by Petro-Canada, for his paper titled Transport Properties of Discharged Synthetic-Based Drilling Wastes.

All three students are actively involved in a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Strategic Project spearheaded by Dr. Neil Bose, principal investigator and Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design, which is examining the potential of autonomous underwater vehicles for offshore environmental monitoring. Haibo Niu has been investigating the settling characteristics of drilling cuttings from offshore platforms; Worakanok Thanyamanta has been evaluating different treatment technologies for drilling muds and produced water; and Vanessa Pennell has been working on autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with sampling and analysis instrumentation capable of detecting the presence of various chemicals.

The student competition is a means of encouraging young researchers to share their work and gather feedback on their findings. Students also get the chance to network with established researchers from across Canada and learn more about research that is happening within their fields. For more information on the EEM Workshop, go to

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