The Maroon COG named winner of BP contest

BP named The Maroon COG the winner of the Texas A&M University Ultimate Field Trip (UFT) Competition Campus Finals, an annual competition that asks university students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to solve a real-world global energy challenge.

The team of three engineering students from Texas A&M will compete in April at BP’s Houston campus in the national finals against other Campus Finals winners from U.S. universities.

The Maroon COG is composed of undergraduate students Coleman Fincher (mechanical engineering), Omer Yasin (petroleum engineering) and George Gillette (civil engineering).

Now in its third year in the U.S., the UFT competition is one of the many ways BP works with universities to support STEM education initiatives and provides students with opportunities to explore energy industry careers.

“BP believes that addressing America’s energy challenges requires long-term partnerships between the private sector and leading educational and scientific institutions,” said Khymberly Booth, U.S. university relations director for BP. “The UFT has proven to be a fun and effective way to do just that.”

Participants in the 2015 contest were asked to identify and develop a novel technical solution to reduce the amount of water used and find an effective use for water produced by drilling operations.

The grand prize winner of the U.S. competition will join the winning teams from Ultimate Field Competition contests in the U.K., Canada and Angola on a two-week field trip to BP’s natural gas operations in Trinidad and Tobago.