UK: Donation to University of Surrey Training of Chemical Engineers and Chemial Weapons Inspectors in the UK

Editor: Alexander Stark

The recently named Fluor Pilot Plant at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom is being used by the first chemical engineering graduates.

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University of Surrey President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Max Lu, and Fluor's Senior Vice President and Surrey Alum, Robin Chopra (L-R) at official opening of the Fluor Pilot Plant.
University of Surrey President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Max Lu, and Fluor's Senior Vice President and Surrey Alum, Robin Chopra (L-R) at official opening of the Fluor Pilot Plant.
(Source: Business Wire)

Irving/USA and Farnborough/UK — A donation of $ 300,000, made through the Fluor Foundation, was provided to the university’s Chemical and Process Engineering department earlier this year to upgrade and refurbish the plant to produce industry-prepared engineers.

The plant provides third-year students with industry experience by running a small-scale manufacturing plant as part of their practical experience module. The Fluor Pilot Plant also provides realistic industry experience to trainee chemical weapons inspectors who use the facility to gain practical hands-on experience in preparation for their field work. The trainees are from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.

“At Surrey, we pride ourselves on our industry connections. Fluor is an important partner of the university and a significant potential destination for our graduates. This Pilot Plant is improving the quality of the practice-based learning that we provide students who will enter the industry with enhanced skills and experience,” said Professor Max Lu, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey.

The University of Surrey is an internationally recognized research-intensive institution that is committed to working with industry-leading companies to ensure that its students are at the cutting edge of their field of study. More than 90 Surrey graduates have worked or currently work at Fluor, and some of these representatives attended the opening event.

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