The scholarship opportunity AUST availed me set the ball rolling for my budding academic career. Indeed, this experience has been a harbinger of good tidings for me and opened me up to opportunities that were beyond my wildest dreams. It provided the proverbial springboard which has helped launch my professional career in a global scene, and also enabled me to become a role model and source of inspiration to many others. I am extremely grateful for everything.
Ugwoke Blessing Onyeche (from Nigeria), Ph.D. Student, Energy Department-Politecnico di Torino, Italy Alumni, AUST- an NMI InstitutionMiss Onyeche Ugwoke who completed her M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering in 2016 was selected for the “Debut in Research: Young Talents from Africa Prize” and received the Eni Award for Excellence. The Eni Award has sometimes been dubbed “the Nobel Prize for Energy”. Her selection was largely based on the quality of her M.Sc. research work, with a thesis titled “A Study on Spherical Cap Bubble Transition Boundary for Bubbly to Slug flow”. The award was formally presented to her on 5th October, 2017 by the President of Italy at the Palazzo del Quirinale, the official residence of the Italian President. Her M.Sc. Studies at AUST were supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) through a special grant which specifically targeted young Women in Science and Engineering.
AUST gave me opportunity to further my education on a full scholarship package when I had no means to further by myself. Offering a master's program in Petroleum Engineering gave me good fundamentals for the oil and gas industry. The courses taught at AUST are of high standards with lecturers from the diaspora giving us great exposure which is not something one would get in most African universities.
I entered the industry 6 months after graduating from AUST. It was smooth going through the training of my company having received great tutorship from lecturers in AUST. I worked well in my first company and currently doing great in my second company. I've been working as a reservoir engineer for close to 8 years now and this has become a reality for me courtesy AUST full scholarship granted me. I'm so grateful to AUST and the great brains behind its establishment as many of us are doing great wherever we all are. God bless AUST.
Dorcas Karikari (from Ghana), Reservoir Engineer, Schlumberger, Accra, GhanaDorcas Karikar received an MSc in petroleum engineering from AUST in 2010. She is now employed as a Reservoir Engineer by Schlumberger SEACO Inc. based in Accra-Ghana as a Reservoir Engineer. She was the first to be employed in Schlumberger Information Solution (SIS) segment of the organization in Ghana, overseeing all 12 countries within the West African Gulf-of-Guinea coast. Though based in Ghana, she works in and out of West Africa and her continual excellence in delivering trainings and presentations for her clients had made her win several awards in-house. In her last training she attended in Houston Learning center, USA, as part of her training in Schlumberger, she came first over all the 10 students from all over the world including Venezuela, UAE, UK, Russia, Norway, Japan, Burma, Thailand, Ghana, etc. She is currently doing an onsite support for Tullow Gh Ltd & GNPC and also continues to run some workshops and trainings (slb software) for other clients inside and outside of Ghana.
Ivy Mawusi Asuo (from Ghana)Ivy Mawusi Asuo graduated from the Materials Science and Engineering department in 2011. She was the best graduating female student of 2011 cohort and the second best graduating student in her class. Ivy received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship that was sponsored by the European Education Agency to study at Sorbonne University in France, In France, her work focused on experimental studies of grain boundary orientations in multi-crystalline silicon. The results have been submitted for publication in Journal of Crystal Growth. She concluded her research with a thesis on galvanic corrosion between copper and stainless steels brazed joints at Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, in Augsburg, Germany.