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June 29, 2018
Category: Industry Support 

Where Are They Now? Former PhD Students

Since graduation, a number Energy Pipelines CRC research students have travelled far and wide as part of their careers. The practical skills gained through tier time interacting with industry advisors has benefitted them greatly. We caught up with some of our Students to see what they are up to now.

Dr YouYou Wu—University of Wollongong

After I completed my PhD at the University of Wollongong with support from the EPCRC, I YouYouhave joined DNVGL Singapore as a Senior Engineer in the Material and Structural Laboratory.  I oversee the development of advanced fracture mechanics tests and full-scale pipe tests used for welding characterisation or pipeline integrity assessment.

My work at DNVGL requires a great deal of expertise, and clients often require solutions that go beyond the scope of international standards.

During my time working with the support of the Energy Pipelines CRC, I honed my skills as a pipeline engineer and that continues to assist me as I take on larger roles within the company.

Dr James Griggs—University of Adelaide

Since finishing my PhD with the Energy Pipelines CRC, I joined the Boston Consulting GroupJames in Sydney as a junior consultant (and now as a senior data scientist). For the last year I’ve been flying around the world solving problems with analytics, including network planning for a premium international airline, optimising the manufacturing network for a major Asian pulp and paper supplier, and most recently using machine learning to improve throughput and recovery at a Chilean copper mine. (Pictured on the right)

 The high level of industry involvement has prepared me well for working with and presenting to clients. I’m finding a much easier time with that than other PhD graduates at BCG.

Technically the experience I gained from coding a simulation of stress corrosion crack growth has been immensely helpful, as a good deal of my job is building models and simulations to help clients make the right decision.

Dr Rahim Kurji- University of Adelaide

Since graduating I have been working with Australian Welding Solutions as their Lead RahimWelding Engineer. I have completed certification as an International Welding Engineer (IIW/IWE). I have had the opportunity to work on a range of projects in the oil and gas industry and these like directly back to my PhD. The projects have included:

  • Front Line Welding Supervision/ Inspection RBP Run 1 & 2 Redirection Line (A333 Gr 6) for East Coast Pipeline/ APA
  • Development of welding procedures to ASME IX and ASTM B31.3 
  • Witnessing the qualification of the PQR
  • Frontline supervisor of Welding Crews  
  • Development of Welding Procedures (pWPS) for the Wallumbilla to Reedy Creek pipeline to AS2885.2  for East Coast Pipeline /APA

I have also had the chance to work on several R&D projects in the defence space. Currently at AWS, we are looking at the optimisation of Welding procedures for the welding of Q&T steels. 

I have had the privilege of establishing the AWS Scholarship for Women in Defence Engineering, where we (AWS) sponsor the training and mentoring of the successful candidate in the Field of In-Service Inspection. 

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