Penspen wins Global Pipeline Award

Penspen has won the Global Pipeline Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for their internet-based Masters in Pipeline Integrity Management, run in partnership with Northumbria University in the UK.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers judge and present the award every two years. The award ‘recognises outstanding innovations and technological advances in the field of pipeline transportation’. Penspen was one of five companies short-listed for the prize.

Michelle Unger, head of Learning Services said, ‘This Masters programme is unique as all the tutors are experts from the pipeline industry. It is delivered totally via the Internet, and students can obtain an MSc without ever leaving their country. The success of the course means we can now create a version in Spanish, and launch it into Latin America, where there is a great demand for this type of education. This award will help us expand around the world.’

Dr Rebecca Strachan, associate dean (Business and Engagement) for Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University, Newcastle, said: “We are delighted that this innovative MSc programme has been recognised for this award. It is a brilliant example of a successful university-industry partnership created to meet the demands of a specific sector and provide students with an edge in their future careers.”