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Feature17"I had prior opinions about the nuclear industry. However, upon completing this visit my opinions have changed. I would now consider joining the nuclear industry." Those are the words of Hussain Abdullaziz, one of fi ve engineering students from the United Arab Emirates who recently visited the UK as interns with Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy Business.Hussain and his fellow visitors, Hind Alhamiri, Budour Al Yammahi, Alanoud Alabdouli and Abdelaziz Alzaabi attended interactive seminars and training sessions in reliability engineering, scheduling and design software, project management, commercial awareness and technical sketching.The students, from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, received on-the-job training, learned how to use Abaqus software and took part in several engineering practicals, including design work on a radioactive waste building for a new nuclear reactor. They also discussed and derived key critical safety functions and safety functional requirements, before moving on to apply this as part of a case study. The month-long visit took them to Amec Foster Wheeler's training rig facilities and laboratories in Birchwood, Hunterston power station, the National Nuclear Laboratory's Cumbria labs, the Gen2 training centre (where they viewed a simulator of a pressurised-water reactor), the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester and the institute's facility in Cumbria. Tom Jones, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy Business, said: "Supporting the development of tomorrow's leaders and engineers is of strategic importance to the growth of our business, especially in new nuclear nations such as the UAE." David Boath, Vice President – Project Delivery, and Ian Stout, Director – Proposals, met the interns before they returned to Abu Dhabi, where they spent two weeks hosted by Amec Foster Wheeler's Oil and Gas business.Dr Tod Laursen, Khalifa University's President, said: "Nuclear energy is at the centre of the UAE's future energy goals, and spurring student interest in working in this sector is vitally important. Khalifa University is dedicated to developing the UAE's nuclear energy leaders and clean energy leaders of tomorrow, and these exciting internships are a part of that journey."Students from United Arab Emirates learn what it's like to work in the UK's nuclear sectorLeft to right: Zeb Farooq (Proposal Manager), Ian Stout (Director – Proposals), Abdelaziz Alzaabi, Budour Al Yammahi, Alanoud Alabdouli, Hind Alhamiri, Hussain Abdullaziz (Khalifa University students), Katie Keats (Capture Manager), and David Boath (Vice President – Project Delivery)Abdelaziz Alzaabi (right) and Hussain Abdullaziz try their hand on the pressurised water reactor simulator at Gen2Interns engineer an insight into industry

PeopleAdeel Shaikh, a Graduate Consultant with Clean Energy's Materials and Structural Integrity Team at Birchwood, has joined the board of the Energy Materials Group (EMG) at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).The EMG meets three times a year to discuss the global challenges aff ecting materials in energy generation, storage and supply. It is also engaged in updating the UK Strategic Research Agenda in energy materials.Adeel invited onto board of Energy Materials Group18Dr Peter Gill, a structural integrity specialist with Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, collected a prestigious prize at the Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) conference.Peter's paper, 'A method to assess impact damage using a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Finite Element coupled approach', won the Early Career Award for those who joined the nuclear industry less than ten years ago.It proposes a new method for calculating the indirect consequences of any loss of coolant accident and is particularly applicable to pressurised water reactors."I put a lot of work into the paper and it was very rewarding to fi nd that it had passed such a stringent test," said Peter, 28. "It was a surprise to win and I feel very honoured."The prize includes a free pass to the next SMiRT gathering in South Korea, when he will be presenting another paper.Amec Foster Wheeler sponsored Peter on his nuclear engineering doctorate at the University of Manchester and he joined the company full-time in January 2014.Professor Nawal Prinja, Technical Director at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, said: "It is very pleasing that Peter has received this recognition so early in his career. It augurs well for the future of the business that we are attracting so many talented graduates to join us and build rewarding careers in the nuclear industry."SMiRT is the only international event dedicated to the application of structural mechanics methods to reactor technology and has been a fi xture on the nuclear industry calendar for fi ve decades. Amec Foster Wheeler was a gold sponsor of the 23rd conference, held at The Lowry in Salford, and staff members presented 14 papers.All smiles at SMiRT as Peter wins prize"I'm hoping this will contribute towards my pursuit of CEng," said Adeel. "I also want to bring my nuclear industry experience and knowledge to the group, contribute to the direction of UK research on nuclear materials, promote the nuclear industry, and promote Amec Foster Wheeler."Dr Peter Gill (centre) receives his prize from (left) Manus O'Donnell, Head of Research & Development at EDF Energy Generation and (right) David Shepherd, SMiRT-23 Conference Chairman