The Xodus – Sergio Ottochian Scholarship for Reservoir Simulation.

In tribute to Sergio Ottochian, Xodus has established scholarship funds at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded to first year students who wish to do their thesis project in the technically demanding field of advanced reservoir simulation.


Sergio Ottochian

27 April 1962 – 17 July 2014

Sergio, his wife Esther, son Julian and step-daughter Elsemiek de Borst, were amongst the 298 passengers and crew who tragically perished when Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine in July 2014. His ingenuity and generosity will never be forgotten and will be honoured at his former university.

Sergio graduated from Delft University in 1987 with an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering. The ‘Xodus - Sergio Ottochian Scholarship for Reservoir Simulation’, will help two MSc students through the completion of their thesis in this technically demanding field. Xodus will be involved selecting the students and will provide support for their studies.

52 year old Sergio spent half his life working in the oil and gas industry and was dedicated to delivering incredible work in the field of reservoir engineering in which he excelled and inspired others.

His professional progression from reservoir engineer through to senior engineering and consulting roles saw him involved in, and leading, ground-breaking field development projects in the UK, Brunei, Nigeria, and The Netherlands. He spent 17 years with Shell before moving to SGS-Horizon and then joining Xodus Group in September 2011 as a Principal Petroleum Consultant. In October 2013, he became General Manager in The Hague.