COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 11, 2010 - Three groups
of students from Texas A&M University's Artie McFerrin
Department of Chemical Engineering have been recognized by the
Fluor Corporation for their designs of a gas processing
Clay Arthur, William Harris, Bryan Holekamp and
Grant Martin, are members of the team awarded first place by Fluor
for its original design of a gas processing plant that operates per
Fluor's specifications and which was undertaken as part of an
intense senior-level capstone chemical engineering course taught by
John Baldwin, senior lecturer in the department.
The team of John Cortines, Mark Deimund, Keaton Hamm
and Geoffrey Lau was awarded second place, and the team composed of
Edwin Bryson, Joshua Moreno, Trevor Seidel and Michael Tran
received third-place honors.
The plant design competition, said Baldwin, requires
students to conceptualize the comprehensive organization of a
process plant. It's a task, he said, that his soon-to-be graduates
are almost certain to encounter in some form as they enter their
This semester, students were tasked with developing
a gas processing plant that purifies raw gas from multiple wells to
the quality required for pipeline gas and associated products such
as liquefied natural gas, sulphur and condensate.
Each of the winning teams received a monetary prize
from Fluor, this semester's sponsor of the plant design
competition, and the first-place team was recognized with a plaque
commemorating its achievement.
In addition, student teams composed of Texas A&M
chemical engineering students and chemical engineering students
from the university's branch campus in Doha, Qatar were also
recognized by sponsor ExxonMobil for their plant design
The international collaboration represented the
first-ever partnership between students of the two campuses working
on plant design projects and was spearheaded by faculty members
from both chemical engineering departments as well as Cesar Malave,
associate dean of engineering in the Dwight Look College of
Engineering at Texas A&M.
Brittany Brink and Michele Peters of Texas A&M
along with Omar Bash and Mohd Kamal of Texas A&M at Qatar, are
members of the team awarded first place for its original plant
Trevor Lane and Daniel Thierry of Texas A&M
along with Natalie Hamad and Tahira Newaz of Texas A&M at Qatar
received second-place honors.
Simon Abramov and Paul Kock of Texas A&M along
with Maha Kafood and Sally Nicola of Texas A&M at Qatar were
awarded third place.
Each of the collaboration teams received a monetary
prize from ExxonMobil.
Employing a global workforce of more than 46,000
people, Fluor is one of the world's largest, publicly owned
engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services
companies. Fluor maintains a network of offices in more than 25
countries across six continents.
Holding exploration and production acreage in 38
countries and operating in 23 countries around the world,
ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded integrated
petroleum and natural gas company. ExxonMobil is a major
manufacturer and marketer of commodity and specialty petrochemicals
and has interests in electric power generation