Thursday, December 3, 2015

New Zealand: Top Energy Scholarship Awarded to Geothermal Engineer

Geothermal engineer awarded Todd postgraduate energy scholarship (Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara)

Katie McLean
Katie McLean a geothermal reservoir engineer from Taupo has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Todd Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in Energy Research.

The scholarship, which recognizes the work of Sir Bryan Todd, supports students undertaking doctoral energy research which has relevance and value to New Zealand.  Sir Bryan played a major role in the creation of the Todd Foundation and was instrumental in the development of the New Zealand oil and gas industry.

Katie is currently completing a Master of Engineering in geothermal well testing in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, on a part-time basis.  She is employed as a geothermal reservoir engineer for Contact Energy in Taupo and cares for her two year old daughter.

The scholarship will enable Katie to extend her project into a PhD (doctorate) commencing in February next year.  She will receive $50K over four years.

Her research aims to improve methods of well testing specifically for geothermal wells, with a particular focus on pressure transient analysis.

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