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UND Petroleum Engineering Team wins second place at International Switch Energy Case Competition

Screenshot of UND Petroleum Engineering Team presenting their project during the final round
UND Petroleum Engineering students Ahmed Merzoug, Habib Ouadi, Yousri Kenouna and Ait Larbi Kenza win second place at the International Switch Energy Case Competition. The final competition can be watched on Facebook.

The UND Petroleum Engineering team has won the second place (out of 250 teams) for the International Switch Energy Case Competition. The team won $2,500 in prize money for their placement in the competition. This year, the competition received over 900 university students from 37 countries and six continents formed approximately 250 teams. The final presentations between the top 7 teams were held on Saturday, November 14. You can watch the recorded event via the Switch Energy Facebook Page.

The International Switch Energy Case Competition is a virtual competition organized by Switch Energy Alliance and the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where self-formed teams of 3-4 university students compete for US$10,000 in prize money as they develop solutions to an energy poverty-based prompt. The teams had three weeks to research the issue, create a PowerPoint, and film a 10-minute video explaining their solution. The PowerPoint and video were submitted, and judges reviewed the PowerPoint and video presentations. The top seven teams advance to the Finals where they virtually compete via a live video conference format shown throughout the world.

Three industry leaders formed the judging panel who ranked the teams after the Q&A sessions. Most top ranked Petroleum Engineering programs participated in this competition.

The UND team composed of two of UND Ph.D. students in PE and two undergrad students from Algeria:

  • Ahmed Merzoug
  • Habib Ouadi
  • Yousri Kenouna
  • Ait Larbi Kenza


Congratulations to the UND team!