Professor Geoff Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering, Imperial Collge, President IChemE
After a period as an ICI Research Fellow at Bristol University, Geoff was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1974. In 1986 Geoff moved to the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger, before rejoining Imperial College in 2005 as Professor of Energy Engineering. He is the founding Director of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Energy Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology. He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award for 2010. In 2011 he chaired the independent review of the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime (‘The Maitland Report’) and in 2012 received the Rideal Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engineering, University of Sheffield
Mike is responsible for the operation of all seven Engineering departments comprising more than 800 staff and 3000 students. Mike is a chemical engineer with BE and PhD degrees from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.After completing the first of his degrees he worked for ICI Australia for four years in a variety of technical and management roles before taking up a lectureship at Adelaide and commencing his PhD.In 1990 he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a lectureship becoming a Fellow and then Dean of Selwyn College. In 1998 he moved to Sheffield and became Professor of Chemical Engineering. In 2000 he became Head of Department and in 2008 PVC.
Kedar Pandya, Head of Engineering capability theme, EPSRC
Kedar's role is to stimulate and support ambitious engineering research for the long-term benefit of the UK. Key to success is supporting visionary leadership across traditional and emerging domains of engineering, as well as encouraging the next generation of leading researchers.Kedar leads a team responsible for managing many research areas and policy interventions. Synthetic Biology is a priority area within EPSRC and is deliberately led through the Engineering Theme, recognising the importance of scale-up and the potential for industrialisation.Prior to his current role, he led the Cross-disciplinary Interfaces Programme, successfully introducing a number of creative initiatives within EPSRC. Previous roles also include being Head of the Life Sciences Interface Programme and being a portfolio manager in the Chemistry and Engineering programmes.
Sean McDonagh, Business Manager Chemical ( GB & Ire) & Sales Manager Chem/Pharm, Siemens
At Siemens I am responsible for managing a highly experienced Chemical & Pharmaceutical sales team, with additional responsibility to lead the regional strategic development of the Chemical business.I work closely with the Global Chemical Sector HQ advising on the industry challenges faced by UK & Irish manufacturers,OEM`s & engineering businesses. which helps Siemens develop value based solutions & technologies for the clients. “Siemens Industry understands the issues facing the chemicals sector. Our specialist team will work alongside manufacturers to ensure we help them meet the challenges of the future. The drive to reduce capital & operational costs & shorten project schedules, whilst maintaining high quality, safe production for employees and facilities, are critical areas Siemens are engaged with the Chemical manufacturing community.“Safeguarding the Future” is a theme I am championing in trade publications & through Chemical Associations, to encourage investment in aging technologies & the chemical engineers of the future.”
Plenary - Jeroen van der Veer
- Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. and of ING Group N.V.
- Shell: Non-executive Director (2009 - 2013), Chief Executive (2004 - 2009)
- Shell Canada Limited: Director (2003 -2005)
- Royal Dutch Petroleum Company: President (2000 - 2003), Managing Director (1997 - 2000)
As Chief Executive Jeroen led Shell through major change, simplifying governance and organization, while clarifying accountabilities. In 2009-2010 Jeroen was Vice-Chairman of a group of experts who advised for a new Strategic Concept for NATO. He was World President of the Society of Chemical Industry from 2002 to 2004. From 2000-2004 he served as a supervisory board member of The Dutch Central Bank. He is Advisor to Oman since 2009. He chaired ‘Platform Beta Techniek’, a governmental institute promoting education in science and technology from 2009 – 2011. He was Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Unilever (which includes Unilever N.V. and Unilever plc) to May 2011. In October 2012 he became Chairman of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative. As of July 1st 2013 Jeroen became Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Technical University of Delft (Raad van Toezicht TU Delft). Jeroen also has various roles in several foundations and charities.
Plenary - Professor Ray Allen, FIChemE, FREng, C Sci
On arriving at Sheffield in 1995 Ray was the founding head of the newly formed Department of Chemical & Process Engineering. This was a period of intense growth and activity during which he spun off Chemical and Process Engineering as an independent Department, doubled staff numbers, decided upon our major lines of research and so laid the foundations for much of the current research programme.
My personal research interests began with environmental engineering and now straddle microfluidics, green chemical processes the hydrogen economy and Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU). My main focus lies at the chemistry/chemical engineering interface with the aim of developing novel reactors and energy processes. This has included microfluidic devices and projects associated with lab-on-a-chip, plant-on-a-chip and high throughput screening. Nowadays, this microchemical engineering has been increasingly supplemented by work on larger scale energy producing processes, including Thermochemical Cycles and CDU, for massive scale production of hydrogen respectively to fuel the Hydrogen economy and to provide low carbon routes to transport fuels.
Such work focuses on atom efficient chemical engineering processes that are often cyclic. In the case of a thermodynamically adverse reaction such as splitting water to manufacture hydrogen, only water and heat are put into the process and only hydrogen and oxygen are removed. The cycles under study include Sulphur Iodine, Copper chlorine and the Westinghouse hybrid sulphur process. We have a world leading research group in these technologies and our collaborations spread across a broad range of countries including France, Spain, Germany, the US and South Africa.
More recently we have been working, under the auspices of 4CU, an EPSRC Programme Grant, on the conversion of CO2 to fuels where my particular focus has been on whole process studies and plasma reactors.