AVEVA Announces Winners of Competition for Chemical Engineering Students in North America

AVEVA Announces Winners of Competition for Chemical Engineering Students in North America
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CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 13, 2019 – AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software, announced the winners of its first-ever competition for senior year chemical engineering students in North America.

The competition involved 56 students from 20 universities in North America remotely using AVEVA’s industrial simulation software platform, SimCentral, to solve a challenge: design, optimize and operate a process to produce dimethyl ether – a gas that can be used as automotive fuel – for electric power generation and in domestic applications such as heating and cooking.

AVEVA created the challenge in collaboration with Dr. Richard Turton, renowned author and industry expert in the field of chemical process simulation. Its purpose was to introduce students to new skills and techniques in preparation for careers that increasingly rely on Industry 4.0 and the use of modern applications for engineering process design, simulation and optimization. Students were encouraged to be as innovative and creative as possible in their approach.

The results, as judged by AVEVA technical experts were as follows:

Advanced group

  1. First place and $3,000 cash prize – Team West Virginia University (Saeed Kuzmar, Ronald Alexander, Zachary Kilwein and Dennis Loevlie).

Beginners group

  1. First place and $3,000 cash prize – Ryan Muir of the University of Cincinnati
  2. Runner-up and $1,500 cash prize – Team 2 the University of California, Riverside (Jason Kuo, Aaron Chi, Benjamin Rammelsberg and James de Graw).

Cal Depew, SimCentral Product Director and Competition Judge, commented: “The winning entries are excellent examples of how simulation can be used for both conceptual process engineering and control system design. The standard has been incredibly high across all the submissions, demonstrating what’s possible with SimCentral even in a relatively short space of time by students at the very beginning of their careers.”

Ryan Muir, the winner of the Beginners group, said: “I was impressed by how easy the software was to learn and how powerful and customizable it was. I started with a steady-state design of the process and, in only a few steps, could transition to a dynamic simulation to design the control system. The team at AVEVA did an excellent job of teaching the software and providing technical support throughout the competition – a truly exceptional learning opportunity.”

Participating universities included: University of Mississippi; Texas A&M University; Kansas State University; Cornell University; University of Texas; West Virginia University; University of California, Riverside; Lamar University; California Polytechnic University Pomona; Rice University; Case Western Reserve University; Cal State Long Beach; University of Cincinnati; University of Nevada; American River College; University of Nebraska; University of Tennessee; University of Waterloo; Southern Alberta Institute of Tech; and University of Alberta.

“If the solutions students produced are any indication of where the next generation of chemical engineers will take the industry, the future looks very bright,” said Amish Sabharwal, Vice President of Engineering at AVEVA. “We’re thrilled by what the students have been able to achieve on SimCentral as we believe it is the new paradigm in process engineering. It’s been a meaningful journey for AVEVA in developing proficient and technical chemical engineers as they move from academia to the workplace and through digital transformation – we couldn’t have imagined better outcomes from this competition.”


AVEVA is a global leader in engineering and industrial software driving digital transformation across the entire asset and operational life cycle of capital-intensive industries.

The company’s engineering, planning and operations, asset performance, and monitoring and control solutions deliver proven results to over 16,000 customers across the globe. Its customers are supported by the largest industrial software ecosystem, including 4,200 partners and 5,700 certified developers. AVEVA is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with over 4,400 employees at 80 locations in over 40 countries. For more information, visit https://www.aveva.com.

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