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Irene Ringen. Photo: University of Stavanger / Mari Løvås

The Skjæveland Award 2016 goes to Irene Ringen


During The IOR conference 24 PhD students presented their poster, and at the end of the conference Irene Ringen was announced the most promising PhD fellow of them all.

Surprised winner
She was surprised to hear her name announced from the stage.
- It was a bit unexpected. Since there were so many strong candidates in the competition, it's an extra honor to win, she says.

Ringen is a PhD student at The National IOR Centre of Norway and conducts her research at IRIS.

Her research topic is polymer flooding in porous media. Polymer solutions are fluids that contain large molecules, which increases water viscosity, and can thereby contribute to increased oil recovery. The behavior of these fluids is complexed and can be affected by several factors such as shear rates, polymer concentrations, salinities, properties of the porous media etc. In her work, she aims to improve the understand of some of these effects so that polymers can be used on the NCS in the best way possible.

- The award is an extra motivation to continue my work. Now I really want to prove that I'm worthy of the prize, she says.

Ringen praises her supervisors Aksel Hiorth (UiS/IRIS), Arne Stavland (IRIS) and Olav Aursjø (IRIS).
- I'm very lucky to have these great people guiding me in my work, she says.

Important work
Ringen got the award with her poster titled "Resistivity Measurements and polymer flooding of sandpacks with dual-porosity". The jury emphasized that her work is well aligned with the conference theme, and future opportunities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

- Her PhD stand-up presentation was excellent, and the committee was impressed with her level of clarity and her understanding of the research, the jury states.

Rector Marit Boyesen from the University of Stavanger presented the award, and the committee consisted of Mariann Dalland (NPD), Eirik Jenssen (Dong Energy), Espen Jettestuen (IRIS) and Martin Fernø (UiB).

The Skjæveland Award
The prize is named in honor of Professor Svein Magne Skjæveland for his extensive contribution to the fields of petroleum science and for his work for the University of Stavanger. Ringen is the first winner of The Skjæveland award.

- It is also an award to highlight the young researchers, as they are the future of improved oil recovery on The Norwegian Continental Shelf. I would like to add that we are very honored that The Petroleum Research School of Norway, NFiP, has sponsored all the PhDs presenting posters this year, the background for the award states.

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