Teaching achievements

  • January 2013

    In January 2013, I was awarded one of the ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Awards. These awards, run in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Engineering, reward individuals who "distinguished themselves within their peer group by showing a strong and continuing commitment to teaching, professional activities, promoting engineering as a rewarding and creative career, establishing industrial-academic links and other activities which ultimately ensure the output of top-quality graduate engineers."

  • September 2012

    James Truesdale, who graduated with a MEng degree in Chemical Engineering in June 2012, won the AWE Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student at the 2012 SET Awards. James won the award for his industrial project on "Application of lean manufacturing techniques to whisky production" which he did with Diageo at their Cameronbridge site. Tina was the academic supervisor for James' project.

    The objective of James' project was to study, identify, and implement methods for process optimisation across the continuous whisky production process making best use of all available resources. The project had several key targets aiming to "squeeze more volume from the same equipment, spend less money while doing so and also to operate in the safest and most environmentally sustainable fashion possible".

    The SET Awards (Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year) are Europe's most important awards for science and technology undergraduates and provide a showcase for educational excellence by publicly recognising the exceptional achievements of both students and universities. In 2012, over 500 nominations were received in 14 categories and the award was presented at a ceremony on the 26th of September 2012 in Kensington Town Hall.

  • April 2012

    Runner up Simon van Heyningin Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering The EUSA Teaching Awards recognise and reward those academics who are committed to delivering great teaching for their students. It is the first fully student created and run university teaching award scheme in the UK and is based on student nominations. I was humbled by all the student comments and I am very proud of this achievement. Thanks to everybody who nominated me!

  • September 2009

    Andrew Wiersum won the AWE Award for the Best Chemical Engineering Student of the Year at the 2009 Science Engineering and Technology Awards (SET). Andrew won the award for his final year research project which looked at designing new materials for carbon capture which was supervised Tina and Jennifer Williams. In his project, Andrew looked at mesoporous silica materials functionalised with organic surface groups. By using molecular simulation techniques, he tested new surface groups and undertook a fundamental study of the properties required for good performances in carbon capture applications. Andrew graduated in June 2009 and went on to do a PhD at the CNRS Laboratoire Chimie Provence in Marseilles, France.

    The SET Awards are the UK's and Ireland's most important awards for science, engineering, and technology undergraduate students. The awards were presented at a ceremony on 24th of September 2009 at London's Intercontinental Hotel 2009 attended by more than 500 students, academics, and business leaders. In 2009, record numbers of entries were received from every major university in the UK and Ireland and judges paid tribute to the exceptional quality of this year's work.