E&TIM Student Team Wins USAEE Case Competition

E&TIM’s student team won first place in the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition, at the USAEE/IAEE Conference held October 23-26 in Oklahoma.

Participating teams worked on a problem over a period of three weeks and submited a written report detailing their methods and solution. A complete solution required teams to have knowledge in economics, engineering, and policy analysis. The winning team includes Apratim Vidyarthi, Raafe Khan (a graduate student in the EST&P program), Stephanie BeelsSuyash Kela,  Pritham Aravind, pictured left.

Their project focuses on generating a techno-economic assessment for replacing oil and natural gas as primary energy sources in Saudi Arabia with Solar and other renewable sources of energy. They were tasked with carrying out a foreign policy assessment, and a feasible project plan to change the energy composition in Saudi Arabia.

“Thanks to the competition, we were able to present our plan to individuals who have worked for the Department of Energy, the Obama and Bush administrations, the Department of the Interior, and to key members of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s primary oil company and energy provider, and the key company stakeholder in the competition,” says Aravind. “Getting a chance to network with people who are going to make a difference and bask in their collective wisdom was an invaluable experience.”

Read more about the competition from the College of Engineering.