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Congratulations Kenneth, Diego and Vijay!

They are the winners of the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and SPE Young Engineer of the Year awards!

From the left:  Jeremy Mazzilli (SPE), Kenneth Løland (UiS), Bernt Sigve Aadnøy (UiS), Diego Felipe Acevedo Parra (UiS), Vidar Strand (SPE) og Frode Indreeide (SPE). Vijay Kumar Keerthivasan was not present at the award ceremony. Photo: Andrea Rocha From the left: Jeremy Mazzilli (SPE), Kenneth Løland (UiS), Bernt Sigve Aadnøy (UiS), Diego Felipe Acevedo Parra (UiS), Vidar Strand (SPE) og Frode Indreeide (SPE). Vijay Kumar Keerthivasan was not present at the award ceremony. Photo: Andrea Rocha

The awards were handed out Friday night, June 1st, by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Stavanger. 

Bachelor of Science (BSc) award: Kenneth Løland

Kenneth completed his bachelor degree in petroleum engineering two weeks ago as the number one ranked student this year.  He is a member of the 2018 PetroBowl team from the University of Stavanger and a proud European champion following the thrilling competition in Krakow earlier this year.  He is currently in hard training for the worldwide finale in Texas in September.

Master of Science (MSc) award: Diego Felipe Acevedo Parra

Diego completes his master degree in petroleum engineering in two weeks, where his specialization is in well engineering. Diego is doing exceptionally well at the University of Stavanger with grade A in all his course work.  This is quite an achievement and a rare occasion indeed.  Other recent achievements include competing as team member in the 2017 PetroBowl Championship in worldwide competition in 2017, after qualifying among the participating European universities.

SPE Young Engineer of the Year: Vijay Kumar Keerthivasan

Vijay completed his master degree course work last year at the University of Stavanger earning straight A grades and he is completing his thesis later this month while being permanently employed by major oilfield service provider.  He completed his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering in 2011 in Singapore with first class honors and as a top achiever at the university.

Before his master degree studies, Vijay worked four years developing new well completion and intervention tools, first in Singapore and then in Aberdeen.  Product developments included HPHT packers, bridge plugs, remote-operated formation isolation valves and modular well intervention straddles.  Vijay has been awarded six patents for his outstanding innovating engineering achievements.

Vijay currently serves as director for the SPE Young Professionals Section in Stavanger.  Previous volunteer work includes local SPE chapter work, procurement of sponsorship for university student events and teacher conducting online English lessons for children in home country of India.  He is actively involved in the SPE e-mentoring program.