September 8, 2016
This week researchers from the Training Centre met over lunch with Chevron engineers to launch the Mentoring Program for the ARC ITTC for LNG Futures. Six engineers from Chevron were matched with Training Centre PhD students and Research Fellows. The Chevron mentors have expertise in the areas of Subsea Facilities Engineering, Flow Assurance, Process Engineering and Production Chemistry. This gives an excellent cross section of the LNG industry and students a great opportunity to gain practical knowledge of the industry and challenges related to their field of research.
A key objective of the ARC ITTC is to prepare ‘industry ready’ graduates. To facilitate this PhD students are expected to spend part of their PhD in industry placements and also to engage with industry mentors. Networks established between researchers and industry experts are a key aspect to help researchers enter industry on completion of their study.
On Tuesday Eric May gave a brief presentation on the Training Centre and its LNG focussed research including a brief history of over 10 years of Chevron and UWA collaboration. Mentors then had an opportunity to meet students to initiate the mentoring relationships. Mentoring with other Training Centre industry partners are also scheduled to kick off this month.
Over the next five years the Training Centre aims to engage a number of mentors from all areas of the LNG industry. If you think you may like to be part of this program more information can be found here.
The ARC ITTC for LNG Futures is an Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre. The Centre has $9M in funding from the ARC and 9 Industry Partners over five years. The LNG research has a strong industry focus and aims to increase growth, productivity and capabilities in this key Australian industry. The flagship project for the training centre is to establish a micro-scale LNG plant and associated research facility. The world first facility will have training, research and demonstration capabilities. This will help accelerate the deployment of new technology by demonstrating new processes in a live plant environment.