Stephen Richardson has spent most of his life working at Imperial College but has nevertheless done a lot of consulting for industry and a significant amount of investigation of major accidents, including the disaster on Piper Alpha. He will discuss some of his research related to these investigations and some of the accidents themselves, including lessons to be learned. Stephen will also discuss his objectives of his Presidency of IChemE.
During the AGM, committee members for the next year will be elected. There are several roles currently open. If you are interested in being part of the committee, you can contact Committee Chair, Dr Nigel Heywood for more details.
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Professor Stephen Richardson — IChemE President
In 1975 Stephen became an RA at the Engineering Department at Cambridge, working on computer simulation of transonic flow. In 1976, he became a Research Fellow at the Chem Eng Department at Cambridge, working on modelling of injection moulding.
He was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1978 and in 1987, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. This coincided with a change in his principle research interest to depressurisation of vessels and pipelines, particularly those associated with offshore oil and gas platforms.
In 1992 he was promoted to Reader in Chemical Engineering and, in 1994, promoted to Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. In 2015 Stephen was then made a CBE for his work on chemical engineering education and safety and finally in 2019, was elected as President for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
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