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Former participants look back
How could building an ultra-energy-efficient vehicle for a student competition lead to designing motorsport cars or working at the one of the largest GTL plants in the world? Find out how former Shell Eco-marathon participants used the unique experience to open doors at top universities and land roles in different industries.
Equipping engineers of the future
Ahmed Lone (26)
Competed: 2010, Kuala Lumpur–Malaysia
Category: Urban Concept
Role: Team manager
Unique features: The car had “crumple zones” – areas that ensure reduce stress on the chassis. Sensors in the front and at the back indicated if the car was too close to another vehicle or the track edge.
Current job: Shell Terminal Operations Administrator in Pakistan.
Previously: After studying mechanical engineering at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Pakistan, Ahmed worked for Nestle for two years as a Project engineer. He joined Shell in 2013.
Ahmed Amin remembers:
“As a small team from a developing country it was a real struggle just to build our car let alone transport it – and ourselves – to Malaysia. We had very limited financial resources and almost no technical support. Our five-strong team got creative and went looking for technical support and advice from the local car mechanics.
Travelling to Malaysia to represent my country was a great honour for me and had a huge impact on my life. We became the first team from Pakistan ever to make it onto the track. However, a problem with the vehicle’s transmission meant that they couldn’t complete the required number of laps to set a result".
"For anyone participating, try to make the most out of this opportunity: it will change your life. Think of it as your first step towards a professional career. It’s also an opportunity for you to give back what your education has given you. And if you want to help make the world a better place for future generations in terms of energy efficiency, then Shell Eco-marathon Asia is for you.”
Ahmed Mohsin (25)
Competed: 2012, Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia
Class: GTL (gas-to-liquids)
Result: no official result (the team recorded 80 km/l but was over the time limit)
Role: Car Designer
Unique features: The car features a Shrinkable fabric body material, run-by-cable steering design, continuously varying transmission, simple unique differential system and lightweight aluminium chassis and structure.
Current job: Shell Rotating Equipment Engineer at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar.
Previously: Studied Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and completed two internships with Shell. Joined Shell as a full time employee in September 2012.
“Building the vehicle for the competition was the first time we’d been involved in a project with non-negotiable deadlines and a limited budget. This gave me first-hand experience of how to adapt to changing circumstances and deal with unexpected issues in order to get something finished on time.
We learned to work together effectively as a team, ensuring that everyone’s skills were fully utilised; ranging from planning and designing, buying and making parts and communication and documentation. Crucially, I was able to gain direct experience in team leadership and learned how to delegate tasks, influence others and convince people that some of my ideas were worth taking on board. It was a wonderful experience.”
*Shell Eco-marathon Asia takes to the streets of Manila, the Philippines, from 26th Februrary to 1st March, 2015.