Published: 15 June 2020

High-flying former Surrey student becomes visiting professor

Former Surrey student Daniel Liow has been appointed Visiting Professor to the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Daniel graduated from the University with a BEng in Chemical Engineering in 1985 and completed his PhD in the same subject at Surrey in 1993. Since then, he’s spent his career working in the area of advanced process control, with an impressive 27 years at Honeywell Advanced Solutions, a subsidiary of Fortune 100 company Honeywell, which employs more than 19,000 engineers worldwide.

As a visiting professor, students will benefit from Daniel’s extensive technical and managerial experience of a wide range of process control technologies applied on oil refineries, petrochemical plants, offshore oil and gas installations, and the paper industry. Clients have included PetroIneos, TOTAL, Royal Dutch Shell, BP Sunbury, Saudi Aramco and GASCO, and his work has taken him all around the world.

He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Daniel’s already actively supporting the research work of our Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as an industrial supporter of the £1 million project, Stepping Towards the Industrial 6th Sense. This scheme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, seeks to develop a virtual process plant whose goal is to reduce carbon emissions, improve operations integrity and increase profitability. He has frequently attended industrial advisory board meetings and made valuable contributions to the guidance and direction of work activities.

Daniel joins an illustrious list of internationally acclaimed visiting professors in the Department, including:

* Nick Amott: Alumnus, Senior Fellow and Process Director at Oil & Gas Production at Fluor Ltd, Farnborough.

* Mark Howard: Former Vice President of the Conversion Technology Centre of BP International and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Chemistry at the University of Cardiff, Wales.

* Jose Odriozola: Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Sevilla and member of the Materials Science Institute of Sevilla, Spain.

* Parasuraman Selvam: Head of the National Centre for Catalysis Research and Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

* Jonathan Seville: Alumnus, former member of staff, Professor of Formulation Engineering at the University of Birmingham and past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

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