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AVEVA Announces European and North America Winners of its Chemical Engineering Student-Focused Annual Process Simulation Competition

LONDON, UK, Oct 8, 2022 – AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has announced the European and North American winners of its fourth annual Process Simulation Competition. This year’s contest sought to address energy storage, widely viewed as one of the biggest challenges of transitioning to sustainable energy sources around the world. The competition asked participants to explore the process design choices that must be analyzed to store energy in the form of methanol. This year’s best project was won by Italy’s Davide Perico, who received the highest scores from the judges for his innovative idea that stood out amongst all the entries.

The 2022 competition winners are:

  • Best Overall – Davide Perico, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
  • Best Steady State – Aritz Fraga and Aimar Martín, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain
  • Best Steady State – Matthew Cochran and Jose Pena, Texas A&M, USA
  • Best Economics – Maximilian Jacob, Hochshule Mannheim, Germany
  • Best Dynamics – Sebastian Pichler, Stefan Lindhuber, Friedrich Alexander Universitat, Germany and Michael Mirkes, Technical University Munich

Andrew McCloskey, Executive Vice President of R&D, AVEVA, commented, “This academic competition enables us to harness the creativity and inspiration of young engineers and coders just completing their studies and getting ready for the real world of innovation. It’s great for us because we get access to truly fresh thinking and creativity and great for them as they can build their portfolio and get a taste of real-world product development thinking. AVEVA is delighted to be supporting the young coding engineers of the future!”

Mihaela Hahne, Senior Director, Industry Segment, Academia at AVEVA said, “On behalf of AVEVA, I congratulate all the participants of this year’s Process Simulation Competition. We saw a fantastic response to the challenge, as well as many insightful submissions that offer hope for a future underpinned by sustainable energy. Picking the groups of winners from all the quality submissions has been a particular challenge, however I’m pleased with the final choices, and offer them my best wishes for the future.”

The competition, first launched in 2018, is a platform for chemical engineering students to develop their process simulation skills. Students are invited to tackle the challenge by utilizing AVEVA Process Simulation, an innovative integrated platform covering the complete engineering lifecycle of design, simulation and training. The easy-to-learn software was developed expressly to empower the next generation of engineers, so students with no prior experience were encouraged to participate in the competition.

Entrants were judged on different criteria including the quality, completeness, and precision of their project entry, as well as their process engineering and simulation abilities. The first place ‘Best Overall’ winner receives either $3,000 or is eligible for an internship at AVEVA’s offices in California. Second, third and fourth place go to ‘Best Steady State’, ‘Best Economics Optimization’ and ‘Best Dynamics’ respectively. All three categories receive $1,000.

 “The competition is a great way for outstanding young talent to build academic credibility and experience. It enables students to demonstrate original thinking and apply their knowledge in a real-world environment. The competition also gives them hands-on experience with AVEVA’s powerful Process Simulation software, all of which better prepares them for life after graduation,” Hahne added.

The 2022 competition was split into three segments, with deadlines in February, March, and April. The modular approach enabled students to enter the competition multiple times, while supporting their academic coursework, thus allowing keen participants to tackle a different project challenge each time. The 2022 competition was announced in November 2021.


AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, sparking ingenuity to drive responsible use of the world’s resources. The company’s secure industrial cloud platform and applications enable businesses to harness the power of their information and improve collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners.

Over 20,000 enterprises in over 100 countries rely on AVEVA to help them deliver life’s essentials: safe and reliable energy, food, medicines, infrastructure and more. By connecting people with trusted information and AI-enriched insights, AVEVA enables teams to engineer efficiently and optimize operations, driving growth and sustainability.

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Nitin Patil
Nitin Patil
Editor and Director of Content, Nitin completed his Master's in Mass Communication & Journalism and having 13 years of work experience as an editor, content writer with renowned international technical magazines and media companies. He is associated with CAD,CAM industry since 2008.

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