11 February 2011

IChemE recognises first Associate Fellows

Ten of chemical engineering’s leading figures were named as IChemE’s first Associate Fellows yesterday. The new membership grade has been introduced to recognise professionally qualified people that hold senior positions in the chemical, biochemical or process engineering industries, without a formal chemical engineering qualification.

The presentations took place at Foster Wheeler’s UK headquarters in Reading and were hosted by IChemE president Desmond King and qualifications director Neil Atkinson.

Atkinson says that the new membership grade helps IChemE better recognise senior figures without a traditional chemical engineering background: “The new Associate Fellow grade helps us recognise senior professionals that work with chemical engineers, or have major roles of responsibility in industry or academia and have a natural interest in the process industries.

“The previous affiliate member grade was offered primarily to members without a formal chemical engineering qualification. This included students as well as very senior members of industry, perhaps managers without a chemical engineering background in major process companies.  This was no longer appropriate,” says Atkinson.

The first six people to become Associate Fellows of IChemE are:

  • Andy Brown, engineering director at Progressive Energy (FIMechE);
  • Janice Crawford, director of engineering operations at Foster Wheeler (FIMechE);
  • Mike Green, head of school and chair of chemistry at Newcastle University, UK (FRSC);
  • Ronny Lardner, director of the Keil Centre (Chartered occupational psychologist);
  • Dave Price, managing director of GexCon (FIIRSM)
  • Brian Tyler, head of S&T consultants (FRSC).

Other new Associate Fellows unable to attend the ceremony are:

  • Graeme Armstrong, corporate director at Azko Nobel (FRSC);
  • Jonathan Atkinson, patent attorney and partner at Harrison Goddard Foote (FRSC);
  • Steve Elliott, ceo at the Chemical Industries Association;
  • John Sofranko, president and ceo of Bio2Electric (former executive director at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers).

For more information about Associate Fellowship contact Saskia Beresford: sberesford@icheme.org or click here.

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