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BP Names Winner of the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Ultimate Field Trip Campus Finals

Release Date: 17 February 2014

Nation’s largest energy investor selects Team Orange Energy to represent the school in national energy competition for science and engineering students


HOUSTON – BP today named Team Orange Energy the winner of the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Ultimate Field Trip (UFT) Competition Campus Finals, a contest that asked college students in technical fields from leading US universities to solve real-world energy challenges.

The team of three from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign will compete in April against other Campus Finals winners from U.S. universities at BP’s Houston campus.

“We were extremely impressed by the entries from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, but ultimately Team Orange Energy was chosen because of its creativity and demonstrated knowledge of critical areas,” said Khymberly Booth, BP’s director of US university relations.

BP hires more than 700 university students for full-time, intern and co-op positions annually in the United States. It developed the UFT to offer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students the opportunity to gain experience working on real-world challenges in the energy sector.

“The UFT competition is just one example of BP’s commitment to higher education and to developing the next-generation of scientists and engineers to take on the world’s biggest energy challenges,” Booth said.

The 2014 challenge asked students to identify an innovative solution that would significantly reduce energy consumption and could be implemented by 2025, with the potential to be deployed at scale across the energy industry.

The three undergraduate students on Team Orange Energy are: Grant Klobuchar, Mechanical Engineering; Kevin Kim, Accounting; and Thomas Bernhardt, Aerospace Engineering. 

If chosen as the Grand Prize Winners for the U.S., the team will join winners from the four other participating countries -- Angola, Canada, United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago -- on a two-week field trip to BP locations in Alaska and Chicago.


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Notes to Editors

About the Ultimate Field Trip            

  • BP’s Ultimate Field Trip was launched in the UK in 2010 and in the U.S. in 2012.
  • Students from Georgia Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Houston, the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin can learn more online at
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