Technical report assessors

Process to get Chartered - assessment

Professor Stephen Allen CEng FIChemE
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland UK

My background

I teach chemical engineering on our BEng, MEng and MSci degrees and support process engineering pathways. My research interests are predominantly in water and wastewater treatment with a particular interest in adsorption using natural and synthetic adsorbent materials. I am also currently a co-editor of the research journal ‘Chemical Engineering Journal’.

My role in IChemE

I am a member of the honorary registrar team, the Professional Formation Forum and the IChemE Education and Accreditation Forum. In these roles I undertake a number of activities including assessment of Competence & Commitment reports, review of applications for Affiliate, Associate, Chartered and Fellow membership. I also evaluate technical reports and technical reports focused on design. In addition I interview candidates applying for Chartered Chemical Engineer status. I therefore also provide input on the decision making processes for the qualified member grades of IChemE.

My tips on writing a technical report

A good technical report will provide me with clear evidence of how you have applied fundamental chemical engineering principles. It is not sufficient to provide output from computer simulation packages as evidence of this. It is essential to show some first hand calculations clearly setting out the basic equations which have been used, any assumptions which might have been made together with an analysis of the information obtained.

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My background

Between 1967 and 1996 I held several different roles in technical, operations, IT and Safety at Esso Petroleum Company Limited.

Since 1997 I have worked as an independent consultant. I work across several process industries in health and safety management and with the UK government in project management peer reviews.

My role at IChemE

I've been involved with IChemE for over 20 years, initially in the UK, and more recently in Australia and Malaysia carrying out accreditation visits and training accreditation assessors. I am on the IChemE Education and Accreditation Forum and the subgroups for reviewing individual cases and technical reports focused on further learning.

I attend two or three PFF meetings each year, help in the assessment of up to 100 individual cases by email and carry out six to eight interviews on technical reports focused on further learning from my base in South Wales using Skype VOIP (voice over internet protocol) software.

Advice to candidates

It is possible to demonstrate that you meet the knowledge threshold for Chartered status in a few different ways. Each needs you to put in some effort and the requirements are intentionally quite rigorous so that MIChemE and FIChemE remain recognised and valued internationally.

If you are asked to submit a technical report to fulfil the further learning required for Chartered Member, you can help us by being very clear about the work that you did yourself. Just remember to include relevant calculations and drawings.