AVEVA Launches 2023 Process Simulation Competition

Contest targets chemical engineering students in North America and Europe.

Contest targets chemical engineering students in North America and Europe.

AVEVA invites chemical engineering students to gain hands-on experience with the next-generation software platform AVEVA Process Simulation. Image courtesy of AVEVA.

AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software driving digital transformation and sustainability, has opened entries for its AVEVA Process Simulation Academic Competition. The competition serves as a platform for engineering students in North America and Europe to demonstrate their process simulation skills and offers the chance to secure an internship at AVEVA or earn a cash prize of $3,000, according to AVEVA.

The contest is open to students residing in the US, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Norway and EU.

Participants are invited to tackle real-world sustainability problems using AVEVA Process Simulation, the new paradigm in process engineering, according to AVEVA. Even students with no prior experience can dive into this software, AVEVA reports.

“As an industrial software provider, AVEVA is committed to inspiring chemical engineers to help solve the world´s sustainability challenges from the early stages of their careers,” says Mihaela Hahne, senior director Sales Development—Academia at AVEVA. “The 2023 AVEVA Academic Competition is designed to encourage students to develop professional skills and solve real-life engineering problems.”

In 2021, the AVEVA Academic Competition attracted more than 100 entries. A total of 46 teams of four individuals each, and 32 individual students from 20 universities across North America entered the event that year. In the same year, 59 individual students and 53 teams of four entered the same contest from Europe.

“We believe that by partnering with the universities, we can help design and build a sustainable future together,” Hahne adds. “Today's students will shape the future of our planet and tackle the challenges presented by a changing climate.”

Speaking from experience as one of the competition participants in 2021, Lea Scharli, simulation support engineer at AVEVA, says, “The AVEVA Process Simulation Academic Competition is a great opportunity for students to work on real problems and gain insight into the possibilities of process simulation. Having participated in the previous edition of the competition, I was challenged to put my theoretical knowledge from university into practice—which has now led to me working at AVEVA as an engineer. 

“Through this program, AVEVA supports students professionally and personally, and opens several avenues for progression,” Scharli adds. Engineers and users can implement their own models, which enables us to work freely and solve problems creatively.”

This year’s challenge concerns the production and transportation of hydrogen in a clean and sustainable manner. Students will use the same tool currently deployed by large chemical companies. 

AVEVA Process Simulation is cloud-enabled software used to design and optimize equipment, processes and plants. Ease of use and data connections allow engineering teams to evaluate more ideas, faster. Greenhouse gas metrics built directly into models help put sustainability at the heart of process engineering, according to AVEVA.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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