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Masdar Institute Team First from Middle East to Participate in Canada’s Alberta Energy Challenge

Total UAE Sponsors Four Emirati Students and YFEL Members for Business Case Competition in Edmonton

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 25 September, 2012 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that four Emirati students and members of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program led by a faculty, will be the first-ever team from Middle East to participate in the Alberta Energy Challenge in Canada.

Total UAE is sponsoring the team of four Emirati students – Wail Farouq Almaeeni, Iman Ustaadi, Ameirah Al Dahmani and Mohammed Al Sharhan, led by Dr. I-Tsung Tsai, Assistant Professor at Engineering Systems and Management program. Dr. Tsai’s research interests include carbon management, carbon finance, infrastructure policy and information economics, while each of the Emirati student and YFEL member has a stellar track record in participating at international and local events.

Total hosted a reception in Abu Dhabi for the participating team from Masdar Institute before their departure to Canada. Hamza Kazim, Vice-President, Operations & Finance, Masdar Institute, and Zainab Abdul Rahim Al Ali, Senior Outreach Officer and YFEL Program Coordinator at Masdar Institute, attended the event to acknowledge Total’s gesture of supporting the program.

Focusing on exploring the opportunities and challenges in the dynamic energy sector, the Alberta Energy Challenge is a business case competition that is held from 27-30 September at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. The challenge is organized by the University Of Alberta School Of Business and the Commerce Energy and Environment Group.

The Alberta competition provides delegates with the opportunity to interact with industry consultants and experts in developing their solutions. Providing teams with a ‘live’ case allows students to apply their academic knowledge in a real-world environment and learn from top-ranked professionals. The ‘live’ Texas-style presentation will encourage teams to think quickly on their feet and possessing adequate knowledge of current events in Alberta’s energy and environment industries is considered an asset.

Sultan Al Hajji, Vice-President, Institutional Development, Total UAE, said: “We are proud to sponsor the first team of Emiratis from the Middle East for the Alberta Energy Challenge in Canada. This participation signifies the commitment of the students and YFEL members to contribute to the sustainable energy industry. Total, as a major energy company globally and a partner of Masdar in Shams 1 solar energy plant in Abu Dhabi believes that participating in such international challenges will enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills of Emirati youth. Under CSR activities of Total in the UAE, capacity building of Emiratis is high on our list of priorities. This also identifies Total’s commitment to Abu Dhabi and 2030 Vision of transforming Abu Dhabi into knowledge based society.”

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “Participating in international competitions such as the Alberta Energy Challenge offers students and YFEL members an opportunity to be exposed to real life challenges. As directed by the country’s leadership, such events also serve as platforms for the students and young professionals to interact with industry experts and share their views on the energy sector. We thank Total UAE for their support and we believe the students’ participation in the Challenge will yield long-term returns for the UAE community.”

Teams will be allotted 48 hours to complete research, while industry and academic consultants will assist the participants in identifying key problems and comment on the feasibility of proposed alternatives. They will also be able to access to a library of information on Alberta’s energy industry, as well as the University of Alberta databases to develop their solutions. On the final day, participants will present their analysis to distinguished panel of judges, including senior representatives of sponsoring firms along with leading professionals in the Alberta energy sector.

Each team will be assigned to a presentation room randomly decided prior to the start of the competition, at the welcome dinner. One team out of each presentation room will advance to the finals. Finalists will be announced at lunch, with final presentations taking place shortly afterwards. The winner of the 2012 Alberta Energy Challenge will be announced at the Awards Banquet on 30 September.

Each student and YFEL member has been selected on the basis of their previous performance. Earlier in the year, Wail Farouq Almaeeni participated in Total Summer School (TSS) 2012 at Universite Total in France. He later attended the 22nd International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) symposium in Rome to initiate measures that will facilitate the opening of INCOSE UAE Chapter and eventually establish a student’s division at Masdar Institute.

Iman Ustaadi completed her six-week internship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland as part of a student exchange and internship program for the summer. Working on the evaluation of the integrated Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plants with CO2 Capture, Iman worked closely with the Edinburgh team to study the natural gas market in Scotland, comparing it with the UAE market, and evaluated the effect of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment on the demands in the natural gas market.

Ameirah Al Dahmani was part of a select group of students chosen for the Masdar Institute Practical Experience program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. The well-structured program has enriched her with real-life exposure through a productive learning experience.

Mohammed Al Sharhan participated in the fourth annual International Hesselbein Student Leadership Summit 2012 in Pittsburgh, US, as well as the Helsinki Summer School for Transportation 2012, themed ‘Concepts and Practices about Sustainability in Transportation’ at Aalto University, Helsinki.

YFEL offers participants exceptional and unmatched access to top global leaders, senior business executives and academics engaged in alternative energy and sustainability through events such as World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi and other major events held globally. It is mandated to educate, inspire and empower students and young professionals to become future leaders capable of solving the world’s most pressing challenges in advanced energy and sustainability.

 

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