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UofL students, alumni help BP sort through ideas to contain, clean oil

by Judy Hughes last modified Jul 27, 2010 01:41 PM

July 27, 2010


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Several University of Louisville engineering graduate students and alumni are gaining valuable work experience on a high-profile project – assessing the ideas streaming in for containing the source of the Deepwater Horizon (MC252) oil spill and for cleaning it up.


BP has reported the students and alumni "are doing a fantastic job" of not only "triaging" the ideas but also documenting technical aspects that are useful to the further technical review of these ideas.


 Students were gathered from a pool of people with graduate-level engineering skills from UofL's Speed School of Engineering to help. The initial 11 engineering graduate students and graduates, as well as one graduate with a master of business administration degree, underwent a rigorous training program in June and are contributing substantially to the overall effort, according to BP. Most of the students have prior industry experience of some kind.


 Working from home, UofL or wherever they access the Internet, triage team members use their professional and technical knowledge to classify the viability of a portion of the more than 120,000 suggestions that have come in globally and enter them into a database for BP to use in analyzing the ideas. The students are part of a larger team that BP assembled, including recognized industry experts. BP officials say they were looking to assemble the best team available – whether part of BP or not.


 People have been submitting the ideas to through forms in two categories -- ideas for containing the source or spill and one for products, services and equipment to use for the problem.


 For more information, contact Mark Schreck, career development director at UofL's Speed School of Engineering, at 502-852-1368. Learn more about BP's alternative response technology team and some of the technologies being reviewed in a video at:



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