Published: 16 June 2016

Executive Dean becomes new president of iChemE

Professor Jonathan Seville, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, is the new President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Professor Seville studied chemical engineering at Cambridge, and joined the research division of Courtaulds Ltd before returning to academia to complete a PhD at Surrey under the supervision of Professor Roland Clift. He then embarked on a successful academic career which took him to the University of Birmingham, as the head of chemical engineering where he established the UK’s first research centre in formulation engineering.

He then moved to the University of Warwick, where he served three years as Dean of Engineering, before returning to the University of Surrey in 2011.

Professor Seville is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the board of the UK’s Engineering Council, where he chairs its Registration Standards Committee.  Throughout his career, Professor Seville has championed the application of chemical engineering to the design and manufacture of products for the pharmaceutical, home care and fast-moving consumer goods industries. He is also active in energy-related projects, including biomass conversion and solar power, and a co-founder of the successful spin out company Recycling Technologies.

Speaking on his appointment, Professor Seville said: “It’s a tremendous honour to serve the profession as president of IChemE and I thank my Council colleagues for nominating me. Major shocks such as the fall in the oil price make the discipline of chemical engineering more – not less - relevant to society, since chemical engineers have exactly the skills that are needed to achieve sustainable ways of living. But we have to demonstrate those skills in new ways and in new applications.”

“As we look forward to 2022 and to IChemE’s centenary, relevance must remain at the top of the agenda. I will use my presidential term to lead a thorough review of the Institution’s governance and strategic direction. Chemical engineering matters as much today as it did when we were founded.  Let’s work together to shape an Institution that is relevant to its members, to our partners in industry and academia, and, most importantly of all, to the community at large whose interests we are duty bound to protect.”

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