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Changing Careers Webinar

Changing Careers Webinar
  • Date From 30th November 2020
  • Date To 30th November 2020
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 18:00 GMT. Duration: 2 hours.


This event is targeted at engineers with 2-15 years of experience looking for a career change. Two different speakers from academia and industry will highlight their experience of how they changed careers and what advice they would give to those who wish to do the same.


Martin Hyde, Engineering Manager, Ecolab

Martin graduated in chemical engineering from UMIST in 2002, and immediately joined a small engineering design consultancy in Frodsham called Livingston Gunn Projects Ltd. He was the fifth engineer in what was a very small firm at the time.

Work came from a number of sectors including Water, Wastewater, Chemical, and FMCG. The company grew, taking on more people and he began to help manage the work of other engineers (chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil).

Chartered Membership came in 2007, following a period of time on-site. As the company grew so the projects delivered grew, into multi-million, multi-year projects and he began to become more involved in business and resource management rather than direct engineering.

Following another period on-site (£15M refurbishment of a chemical factory) Martin moved to another office to create a new P,M&E team from scratch. This eventually grew to 15 people, plus additional project support as required and he became an Associate Director of the firm.

Around two years ago, Martin left the firm to take up contracting and, finally, settled down to a permanent post as engineering manager of a top-tier COMAH Ecolab chemical facility in Northwich, Cheshire. He is now responsible for the maintenance and capital teams on-site (c.10), contractors, and a budget of c.£3M. This operational position is fundamentally different to his previous roles and has led to some challenges and personal growth opportunities.

Professor Anton Kiss, Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, University of Manchester

Tony Kiss is a professor and chair in chemical engineering at The University of Manchester, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He holds a chemical engineer degree from Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and a PhD title from University of Amsterdam (UvA).

He was also post doctoral research fellow at TU Delft and University of Amsterdam. Tony is Fellow member of IChemE, Senior Member of AIChE, and research fellow of The Royal Society, with 20+ years of academic and industrial experience. Previously, he worked for over a decade as senior project manager and RD&I specialist at AkzoNobel Chemicals (now rebranded as Nouryon). Besides his senior industrial role, he was also appointed as part-time professor of separation technology at University of Twente.

During the past decades, he carried out many research and industrial projects, supervised graduation projects, published over 15 textbooks and book chapters, and over 100 scientific articles in highly-ranked journals. His research focus is on process systems engineering, process intensification, and separation technology. Tony is also member of scientific committees (eg ESCAPE, D&A and IPIC conferences), advisory and editorial boards (eg J. Chem. Tech. Biot. and Chem. Eng. Res. Design).

For the pioneering research work, he received the Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs (a prestigious award recognizing the most promising young scientist in The Netherlands), the AkzoNobel Innovation Excellence Award (for the most successful industrial innovation), the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (Manchester, UK), the Pirkey Distinguished Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (University of Texas at Austin, USA), and CHEMCON Distinguished Speaker Award for Innovators and Science Leaders (IIChE, New Delhi). More information is available at:


18:00—20:00 GMT.


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