The ability to think out-of-the-box helped University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) student Raghav Chawla and his team beat more than 100 students at the Total Summer School, organized by TOTAL Oil in Paris, France and earn the top spot in the competition.
Students were asked to think about potential scenarios that would change the world. They looked towards their distant future and presented their interpretation of what the world would look like over the next 30 years. All 112 participants were divided into teams and developed compelling presentations to get the buy-in of the panel of judges for their idea. The seven-member panel of judges included Jerome Schmitt, senior vice president of sustainable energy and development at TOTAL Oil.
The winning team’s presentation was titled, "What if oil demand does not increase as predicted?" Speaking about the win, Chawla, a power system engineering student at UPES, commented that, “It was a great opportunity for students to speak their mind on what they think the future will be.” Schmitt made special mention of the team for having most logical vision of tomorrow among those in the competition.
Shreya Singh, an applied petroleum engineering student, and Anukriti Pokhriyal, a power system engineering student, also represented UPES at the Total Summer School. Their team presentations, “Redefining the energy scenario of the world” and “What is the world’s fresh water resources run out faster than predicted?” were also well received. Singh noted that, “Global partnerships have the potential to redefine the energy scene of each country, helping them achieve the highest level of energy independence and energy security.”
The informal discussions among the diverse set of participants, teams and industry insiders resulted in valuable networking opportunities, shared resources and a better understanding of the global energy landscape.
Students also had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of TOTAL Oil, meet with key employees and make critical connections for their future employment in the industry.