August 25, 2011

More than twenty LSU undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering students attended the 15th Annual Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Symposium held August 11-12 in New Orleans, La., representing the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering (PETE) and Society of Petroleum Engineers at LSU (SPE).

Four petroleum engineering graduate students placed in the student poster and presentation contests. Alireza Edrisi and Mohamed Abdelrahim
took first and second place, respectively in this year’s technical paper contest. Nnamdi Agbasimalo and Muhammad Zulqarnain secured first and third place, respectively, for their poster presentations.

Technical paper presentations and poster sessions provide graduate students valuable opportunities to enhance their university education. By presenting their research to industry, students have an additional mechanism to further cultivate their communication skills, foster new industry contacts, and represent the department and university in a very unique and prominent way.

This year’s symposium focused on Gulf of Mexico case studies and key technologies in a number of sessions. The sessions included drilling, production systems, completions, reservoir/economics, pipeline/infrastructure and geoscience.  

“It was very rewarding getting commendation for my work from technical experts and my contemporaries,” said Agbasimalo. “After investing time and resources in a project, getting this kind of recognition is very encouraging and I am confident that it will spur me on to reach for greater heights. Winning the award also provided me with visibility in the petroleum industry and an opportunity to network with leading industry experts and researchers, which would help advance the work we do at LSU.” Agbasimalo’s poster communicated research findings that can help prevent well blowouts, thus preserving the environment and human lives.

Edrisi’s favorite parts of the symposium were the contests. “I liked the student contests this year because of high level of participation and competition.” Edrisi also won first place in poster category at last year’s symposium.

“The Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Symposium affords our students the opportunity to present their research to key industry leaders. For LSU to have a strong presence at this Louisiana-based event is very important for the department,” said Mayank Tyagi, assistant professor, PETE. “We are very proud of the four students who were recognized for their presentations or posters, as well as the other students that represented LSU. Their efforts will continue to bring increased visibility to the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering and LSU.”

“I was also immensely proud to represent LSU and to let the industry know that LSU is still at the forefront of technological innovation,” added Agbasimalo.


LSU is the only university in the North America where future petroleum engineers can get hands-on training in well control by working at a full-scale well control research and training facility. The Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer (PERTT Laboratory) is an industrial-scale facility with full-scale equipment and instrumentation for conducting training and research related to borehole technology.

For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.

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