From his living room at Sotra, Pratim Patel had a perfect view of the industry he later chose to study. Now he has been voted "Best student class of 2012–2015" by his fellow students.
Published: 18 June 2015
Owe Hagesæther, CEO NCE Subsea, Pratim Jayesh Patel, Student of the Year, Trine A. Hindenes, Marketing Coordinator Sparebank 1 SR-Bank, Jarle Daae, Chairman UTF, Tone Røkenes, Assistant Professor / Study Coordinator Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance
Patel will accept the award "Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance" at UTC on 18 June. The winner is chosen by the students themselves.
Owe Hagesæter, CEO at NCE Subsea, congratulates Patel: – He is a very worthy winner. In addition to exceptional grades, he has helped create a good learning environment with focus on solidarity and collaboration, says Hagesæther.
It all began with a love for the natural sciences. Growing up at Sotra gave Patel an idea of how he could turn his interest in maths and physics into a career path:
– I heard a lot about the offshore activity at Ågotnes, and in recent years, subsea as well. With a view overlooking Hjeltefjorden, I have seen different types of equipment being transported to and from Ågotnes. It was my friends who work in the industry that recommended this line of study, Patel explains.
Successful Study Environment
NCE Subsea and SR-Bank established the award to contribute to a good study- and learning environment. – The Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance programme has one of the best educational environments in the country, says Owe Hagesæther.
Studying here has given Patel friends for life: – The degree successfully combines a social student environment with strong staff resources, he says.
He also highlights its connection to the industry: – We carry out our practical training in relevant companies, and this is crucial to our understanding of the industry. We also participate at events such as OTD and UTC. And our student council, "Bunnsolid" arranges professional events where students become better acquainted with subsea companies, Patel explains.
Underwater Technology is the Future
His Bachelor's degree is complete, but Patel will not leave student life behind just yet: – Engineers with a BA in subsea technology are sought-after by many companies in the oil industry. Nevertheless, I plan to keep on studying and take a master's degree in marine technology, he says.
Patel plans to specialise in hydrodynamics: – I would like to learn more about how waves affect offshore constructions, Patel says. – The opportunity to travel to other subsea markets, meet other cultures and get new academic impulses is also tempting.
– I want to be involved in developing new technology and products. My studies have given me the opportunity to specialise in something that will characterise the oil industry for many years to come, the winner states.
Student of the Year
The title "Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance" is granted to a student that has demonstrated excellent academic results and set him/herself apart by contributing to the community and helping develop professional and social aspects of the programme.
The award consists of a diploma and NOK 15,000 as well as honour and glory. The award is presented every year at the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC).
Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance
”Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance” is a collaboration between NCE Subsea, Sparebanken 1 SR-Bank and Underwater Technology Foundation.
The programme was established by Bergen University College (HiB) in 2007, with support from NCE Subsea and SR-bank.
Bergen University College has the only subsea-specific education in Norway, and the programme was established as part of its department at Straume, and also in Florø from autumn 2013.