Engineering student takes research to Parliament

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A Teesside University student has presented his fracking research in Parliament to a range of politicians and policy makers.

Hadi Parvizi, 29, was selected to present at the prestigious SET for Britain event, a national poster competition involving high-achieving early career researchers.

Originally from Iran, Hadi is working as a reservoir engineering consultant in London and also studying a PhD at Teesside University.

Hadi was shortlisted from hundreds of candidates to appear in Parliament after his research about maximising gas extraction from unconventional resources by optmising hydraulic fracturing caught the eye of judges.

On presenting his research in Parliament, Hadi said: “Fracking is undoubtedly a controversial issue for the UK. On the one hand, energy security and the economic boost achieved by the fracking technology and on the other hand, the limited environmental damage caused, are our favorable goals.

“My research is a step towards finding a solution which satisfies both sides by introducing advanced and multi-disciplinary engineering workflows.

“It was a great honour to present my research in Parliament and the feedback has been extremely positive. I’m enjoying my time here at Teesside University – there are so many fantastic opportunities and hopefully my work can make an impact.”

Hadi’s research at Teesside University is being supervised by Dr Sina Rezaei Gomari and Professor Farhad Nabhani.

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said SET for Britain is important because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

He added: “These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is a politician’s best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

SET for Britain was first launched in 1997 and is the only national competition of its kind.

Philip Greenish CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “When it comes to engaging MPs with research, SET for Britain is a unique occasion.

“The event provides an excellent opportunity for politicians to meet and talk to some of the UK’s best young minds. The researchers attending SET for Britain are part of the scientific community that gives the UK its leadership position in research.”

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Physiological Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society of Biology and the Society of Chemical Industry.

SET for Britain is made possible thanks to the generous support of BP, the Bank of England, the Clay Mathematics Institute, Essar, Institute of Biomedical Science, INEOS, Wiley and Warwick Manufacturing Group.


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