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Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS) winner becomes the First BP Sponsored PhD Student

Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS) winner becomes the First BP Sponsored PhD Student

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Farnoosh Farhad BP

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is delighted to announce Farnoosh Farhad as its first BP-sponsored PhD Student.

Farnoosh, an international student from Iran, completed her MSc in Mechanical Engineering with a distinction in 2012 from Newcastle University. She was awarded the Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS) during her master’s programme.

Farnoosh will carry out research on ‘Predicting remaining life from localised corrosion to cracking’. The research programme aims to increase the life of components used in hydrocarbon production. Its outcome is expected to contribute to increasing the life of existing assets.

Farnoosh will be supervised by Prof Xiang Zhang (Coventry University), Dr Muhammad Kashif Khan (Coventry University) and Dr David Smyth-Boyle (TWI Ltd). Farnoosh comes from a strong industrial background, having delivered challenging projects as an engineering consultant in her native Iran.

Farnoosh was interested in pursuing an industrially led research programme, which is exactly what NSIRC at TWI offers. She said: “TWI is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and test facilities to conduct research experiments. It’s a very friendly place and I’m already enjoying working in this supportive environment.”

About BP

BP is a world-leading energy company, whose operations involve finding, developing and producing essential sources of energy and turning them into useful products.  BP is involved in extracting petroleum from challenging environments worldwide, delivering value through streamlined operations of its assets. It is working to meet the challenge of growing demand for energy and developing the technology required to maintain and increase the life of its assets. 

BP is a one of the founder sponsors of NSIRC, alongside the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and TWI.

NSIRC continues to welcome applications from high-calibre candidates. BP is particularly interested in sponsoring the following two projects; click each link for more details:

Mechanism of hydrogen generation and its ingress in steels

Understanding High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) ‘Sweet’ and ‘Sour’ (CO2/H2S) Environments