The author of the winning paper, Leonardo Chica, was chosen from a variety of papers received from the academic community in the US, Italy, India, Spain, and the UK. As the winner, Leonardo has been awarded an all-expense paid trip to the CD-adapco STAR Global Conference 2012 where he will present his paper to an audience of simulation experts from around the world.
Leonardo’s paper is entitled, “Fluid Structure Interaction Analysis of Two-Phase Flow in an M-shaped Jumper." A native of Bogota, Colombia, Leonardo received his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston (UH) in December 2011. He was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for his excellent academic standing and for innovative research pursued as part of his Honors Thesis. He is currently pursuing his MS in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a December 2013 graduation date.
In the last semester of his undergraduate studies at UH, Leonardo conducted a research study, in the area of multiphase flow induced vibration. Mentored by MCS Kenny, the project focused on modeling and analyzing the effects of the flow in subsea jumpers using STAR-CCM+ and Abaqus, specifically two-way coupling simulation. The work has been accepted for publishing in two of the most prominent offshore conferences: OMAE and ISOPE.
Tammy de Boer, CD-adapco’s Global Academic Program Coordinator, was very excited to present the award to David, “The competition was extremely tough for this contest. We received numerous papers that were extremely well written and very interesting technologically.” She continued, “I know Leonardo will make a great contribution as a presenter at our STAR Global Conference 2012. It will be a wonderful experience for him to present his paper to such a notable group of engineers. We are happy to be able to give students this opportunity and look forward to the coming years of bringing academia and industry together.”
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