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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has today announced that Mohd Shariq Khan, a student from Yeungnam University in South Korea, has won its annual Asia Pacific student competition. Mohd will showcase his winning design to more than 200 attendees at the 2013 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Asia-Pacific Symposium taking place this week in Perth.

Mohd used Honeywell UniSim Design software to optimise the single mixed refrigerant natural gas liquefaction process. Typically, liquefaction accounts for 30 percent of the total energy used in natural gas processing. With Honeywell’s simulation technology, Mohd applied the Particle Swarm Paradigm algorithm to achieve energy savings of 10 percent, when compared with the base case.

“For operators in the process manufacturing industry, small improvements in energy efficiency can lead to significant cost savings,” said Tony Cosgrove, vice president of sales, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Mohd’s project demonstrates the value of process optimisation for industrial manufacturers and the importance of fresh thinking and innovation to solve business challenges. We’re pleased to recognise his outstanding work as part of this year’s annual APAC HUG conference.”

Honeywell’s UniSim Design Challenge is open to chemical engineering students in universities across Asia Pacific. It challenges students to use Honeywell’s advanced process simulation software, which is used by industrial manufacturers around the world to design, optimise and test processes before they are implemented. It is also used to improve plant production and safety through offline operator training simulations.

Mohd and his university lecturer Professor Moonyong Lee will present the project, titled Optimisation of Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant with Particle Swarm Paradigm, at this year’s event to leaders in the process manufacturing industry and potential future employers.

“This competition gives chemical manufacturing students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained through their studies to solve real-world, critical business challenges in industrial manufacturing,” said Professor Moonyong Lee, Yeungnam University in South Korea.  “Combined with the opportunity to present the winning project to industry leaders across the region, it demonstrates the commitment of organisations like Honeywell to developing the next generation of process engineers.”

Past Asia Pacific winners have included Tuyen Dinh Quang from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Vietnam and Rajab Khalilpour from the University of Sydney in Australia. This year, a record 103 universities were eligible to enter on behalf of students. In addition to Asia Pacific, Honeywell also holds annual student competitions as part of the HUG conferences in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas regions.

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