OPCW in Surrey, Eco Oil in Newport, SuDev Projects in Italy/Switzerland
Making beer and cider production more sustainable and saving money
I am currently doing an engineering doctorate which is partly paid for by the government (EPSRC) and partly by Heineken. My job is to spend time at the beer and cider factories and look at ways to save money on the processes. I also look at ways to make them more environmentally friendly eg. using less water/energy and minimising waste.
My Typical Day
Every day is different!
I do all sorts of things! Some of the activities have included: working on a team which runs the plant to make beer and cider, making my own cider at home (but it counted as work time!), tasting beer and cider to make sure the product is good quality, doing experiments in a lab, doing experiments on a pilot plant, doing full experiments on 700,000 litre tanks, spending time in management, doing professional courses to gain management level qualifications, presenting my work at conferences around the UK, France, and Vietnam. Every day really is different and I get a lot of flexibility in what I want to do. If I can justify that it will benefit the company, then I can probably do it.
What I'd do with the money
Either an engineering competition for students or an engineering project with students in Africa
I have two ideas of what to do. I’ll write them both here and maybe you could give me feedback on what you think would be best?
1. Run a national engineering competition for students in the UK and the money would go towards a fun engineering activity day for the lucky students.
2. I’m going to do some engineering volunteering work in Africa soon. I could use the money to give some African students some engineering experience and help to encourage them to get into engineering careers for their future.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
enthusiastic, spontaneous, personable
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Led a project that saved my company £2,000,000
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t know
Were you ever in trouble at school?
All the time – and it’s not something I’m proud of!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably something to do with business management
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I like all sorts of things
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Running an 8 mile obstacle course through waist deep mud – messy, but very fun!