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Four Subsea Engineering Students Earn Scholarships

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Ashesh Srivastava
Ashesh Srivastava
Babalola Komolafe
Babalola Komolafe
Devvrat Singh  Rathore
Devvrat Singh Rathore
Oluwarotimi Shoge
Oluwarotimi Shoge

Four Subsea Engineering Students Earn Scholarship By: Anna Heller | SUT | Feb. 10, 2017  Houston, TX- The United States branch of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has awarded four University of Houston graduate students with $3,000 scholarships for the 2017 school year.

This year’s four recipients are all masters’ students in the Subsea Engineering program and student members of SUT’s Subsea Engineering Society at UH.

This year’s recipients are as follows: 

• Mr. Ashesh Srivastava
• Mr. Babalola Komolafe
• Mr. Devvrat Singh Rathore
• Mr. Oluwarotimi Shoge

SUT is a global non-profit, multi-disciplinary learned society that brings together organizations and individuals with common interests in underwater technology, ocean science, and offshore engineering. Through its volunteers, SUT provides training, courses, scholarships, as well as learning and networking events to students and professionals globally.

This award is offered to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a course of study in marine science, underwater technology, offshore engineering or in related areas to the marine field.

The scholarships were awarded at SUT’s annual Scholarship Cocktail Reception held at the Milford House in Houston’s Museum District. The event began with hors d’oeuvres and drinks followed by introductions made by Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina, SUT-US President and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. 

“Today is the best day of the year for SUT, we celebrate the best of the best in Underwater Technology in SUT-US,” Medina-Cetina stated. “We recognize the best students involved in underwater technology programs.”

The scholarship cocktail reception was the biggest event of the year for SUT-US, giving the opportunity to recognize deserving students, school student-chapters, and volunteers for their continued hard work.  “We are glad to see that many of them are strongly involved, representing SUT in their corresponding university’s student chapters,” Medina-Cetina said about the students. “Recipients of SUT awards remind us why they make SUT- US proud.”

After the introductions there was a keynote presentation by Dr. Craig Shipp Ph.D., P.G. Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. His presentation was “Offshore Geohazards Assessment: Where Deepwater Drilling Meets Shallow Geology.” The scholarships were then awarded, with each student recipient making a short speech about the recognition. Babalola Komolafe, who was in attendance, was honored to be a recipient of the award,

“I’m so grateful for the SUT board for making me a recipient of the scholarship; I was so elated to be a recipient. The SUT scholarship is a very prestigious scholarship.” Komolafe is also a contributing executive board member of SUT-SES, the student chapter for the University of Houston.

Also in attendance was Oluwartimi Shoge, who was thankful for the opportunities the scholarship would offer him both educationally and within the field. “I am honored to be awarded this scholarship, especially because it has been quite challenging to meet the financial demands of graduate school,” Shoge said about receiving the scholarship. “This scholarship will also support my research work, assist me in realizing my dreams with renewed hope and contribute immensely towards alleviating my evident financial hardship.”

It was telling through the night that these scholarships were not just going to help these student recipients, but also help in their research within the field of subsea engineering. With the scholarships, these four men can follow their passion and work towards their future goals within the industry. SUT professional members were recognized during the evening and the night concluded with an opportunity for the students to network and celebrate with seasoned professionals in the industry.

By: Anna Heller


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