PhD student-staff committee
Chemical Engineering PhD student-staff committee
Who We Are
The PhD student-staff committee includes the departmental PhD representative, who chairs the committee, representatives of the various research areas, as well as the Postgraduate Tutor, the Director of Postgraduate Studies and the Postgraduate Administrator.
We are here to voice needs and concerns to the administration and organise events for PhD students. Please feel free to approach us with any concerns or suggestions you might have for the department.
The PhD Representatives
Departmental PhD Representative
The Departmental PhD Representative is the link between the Department and the Student Union and a representative to all the PhD students in the Department. The ideal candidate should have some experience with Student Union societies and an interest in the postgraduate community throughout the College. The Departmental PhD Representative normally chairs the PhD student-staff committee meetings.
Luciana Maria Miu
Hi everyone, I'm Luciana (or Lucy) and I'm a second-year Romanian PhD student at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE), under Dr. Adam Hawkes. In my spare time, I'm an avid traveller and volunteer for several organisations as a board member, academic mentor and STEM ambassador. I also enjoy the occasional swim, cooking and playing piano.
I've been lucky enough to have had experience with advocacy for student interests, organizing socials, securing funding and managing teams of volunteers at the University of Edinburgh. After a year of being at Imperial, I’m keen to give back to the College– I am currently an Outreach Postgraduate Ambassador and academic officer on the Grantham Institute student-staff committee, and I would love to dedicate my time to representing the PhD students in my home department of Chemical Engineering.
First off, chances are we probably haven’t met – and that would be one of my missions as Department rep: to ensure that the work of our current reps to break down any barriers between floors, research groups, buildings, and continue to build up a supportive, appreciative and warm community. Secondly, this community has only grown with this year’s calendar of social events, which I would love to continue to develop, particularly showcasing our department’s culturally diverse community. Thirdly, mental health and welfare are issues big enough to warrant their own projects and initiatives, which I hope to be able to deliver alongside the rep team, in partnership with our student support services. Finally, collaboration across disciplines has always been close to my heart, and, if elected, I hope to bring the PhD communities across College closer together, to learn from each other, collaborate and advocate our ideas.
Biomedical engineering and industrial biotechnology representative
The Biomedical engineering and industrial biotechnology representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Dr Rongjun Chen, Dr Peter DiMaggio, Dr Valeria Garbin, Dr Jason Hallett, Dr Jerry Heng, Professor Klaus Hellgardt, Professor Sergei Kazarian, Dr Cleo Kontoravdi, Dr J Krishnan, Professor Andrew Livingston, Professor Sakis Mantalaris, Professor Nilay Shah, Professor David Stuckey, Dr Daryl Williams, Professor Yun Xu
Hi! I’m Chloe, and I am in the first year of my PhD. I finished my undergraduate degree here in the department in June, so have some knowledge of the workings of the department, and am now keen to get involved with the PhD committee. From my 4 years here so far, I have plenty of ideas for events that can be put on (that include a good amount of food and drinks), and I enjoy being a representative and working with others to resolve any issue that may arise. I look forward to (hopefully) getting to know and working with you all!
Energy and environmental engineering representative
The Energy and environmental engineering representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Dr João Cabral, Dr Benoit Chachuat, Professor Paul Fennell, Dr Gonzalo Guillen-Gosalbez, Dr Jason Hallett, Dr Adam Hawkes, Professor Klaus Hellgardt, Professor George Jackson, Professor Sergei Kazarian, Professor Geoff Kelsall, Dr Bradley Ladewig, Professor Paul Luckham, Professor Sandro Macchietto, Professor Geoff Maitland, Dr Christos Markides, Dr Marcos Millan-Agorio, Dr Camille Petit, Dr Ronny Pini, Dr Roberto Rinaldi, Professor Nilay Shah, Dr Qilei Song, Professor David Stuckey, Professor Nina Thornhill, Dr Chris Tighe, Professor Martin Trusler
Hi, my name is Brett Parkinson and I'm a 1st year PhD Student from Australia. In my spare time (if that's a thing), I enjoy rock climbing, basketball and watching live music with friends. I did my Bachelors and Masters in Australia, where I was also the Engineering Club President and proceeded to work within the Chemical Engineering Faculty for two years after graduation. During this time, I helped develop and lecture a new 4th year engineering course on Energy Systems. I've seen the workings of the faculty from both sides, and am keen to see the relationship between staff and students here at Imperial be a prosperous one. Say G'day if you see me around.
The Materials representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Professor Alexander Bismarck, Dr João Cabral, Dr Rongjun Chen, Professor Paul Fennell, Dr Jerry Heng, Professor Sergei Kazarian, Professor Geoff Kelsall, Dr Bradley Ladewig, Professor Paul Luckham, Professor Kang Li, Professor Andrew Livingston, Professor Paul Luckham, Dr Camille Petit, Dr Qilei Song, Dr Christopher Tighe, Dr Daryl Williams
My name is Hannah Tiernan, and I am a first year PhD student working under Professor Sergei Kazarian. I’m new to Imperial, but have already attended a variety of mixers in the department, and I would love to include more people in the sociable side of doing a PhD. I think more emphasis on inter-year socials would be beneficial, not only on an individual level, but also to increase chances of collaboration and widen the scope of creative thinking.
When I am not in the lab or office, I enjoy travelling, going to social events at Imperial, playing sports such as netball and squash, and going to events around London such as gigs, and the ‘Lates’ at the local museums.
I have previously been Chair of a Social Committee, and I set up a large club whilst doing my undergraduate degree which grew to include 80 members. I enjoyed the organisational and social aspect of both these roles, and would love to transfer my knowledge and skills I learnt there to being a PhD Rep.
Multiphase transport processes representative
The Multiphase transport processes representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Dr Valeria Garbin, Professor Klaus Hellgardt, Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Professor Sandro Macchietto, Dr Christos Markides, Professor Omar Matar, Dr Ronny Pini, Professor Yun Xu
Hello to everyone! I am Sergio and come from the friendly and warm city of Madrid, in Spain. I have lived there for most of my life, but two years ago I decided to leave the tapas and good weather for a while to complete an Erasmus stay and subsequent Master here, at Imperial. And finally this year, as many of you, I am starting my PhD with a mixture of ambition and eagerness. I am in the Complex Multiscale Systems group and my research concerns Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations.
I don't want to bother you too much with this statement, so I will be clear. I present myself as representative because I would like to form a nice community of PhD students that get on well with each other. From having lunch together to taking part in pub quizzes or having a beer, I consider vitally important to have a group of people with whom you can take it easy while we work. And given the amount of time we spend alone in our research, this is even more important. So in conclusion, I will foster a friendly spirit through the department by proposing a lot of activities that will allow people to meet with each other and form a warm and pleasant community.
In addition, being a student representative has always allowed me to know better my colleagues and sympathise with their problems. I have a great experience with similar roles at my home university in Madrid and also at Imperial College during the last years, so I can effectively deal with administrators and academics to solve your problems in a fast and efficient way.
Some miscellaneous facts about me are that I love sports in general (we have a nice climbing group at Imperial and we also play football or go running), I am keen on cultural events like theatre or interesting talks, and also enjoy getting involved with science communication and policy.
Good luck to all of you with the PhDs!
Multi-scale computational chemical engineering representative
The Multi-scale computational chemical engineering representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Professor Claire Adjiman, Dr Benoit Chachuat, Dr Peter DiMaggio, Professor Paul Fennell, Professor Amparo Galindo, Dr Gonzalo Guillén-Gosálbez, Dr Adam Hawkes, Professor George Jackson, Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Dr Cleo Kontoravdi, Dr J Krishnan, Professor Sandro Macchietto, Professor Sakis Mantalaris, Dr Christos Markides, Professor Omar Matar, Professor Erich Müller, Professor Costas Pantelides, Professor Nilay Shah, Professor Nina Thornhill, Professor Yun Xu
Hi, I’m Michael and I’m a second year PhD student in the CPSE working on supply chain optimisation. I’m hoping for your vote in the upcoming PhD rep elections because, in short, I want to improve your experience during your time here.
I want to serve as a trusted and efficient point of contact between you and the department, for issues of all sizes, ranging from wellbeing and mental health, all the way down to the minor problems you face every day (office too hot, door too loud, I want a fridge). The small things add up, and with every change we can make for the better, your time here will become more enjoyable.
No issue too big or too small, I’ll rep them all.
I’m also eager to work on and improve the social activities that are put on for the department. Besides increasing the variety and appeal of the events, the main thing I want to tackle is fragmentation: Bringing people from different groups together to get to know each other (as opposed to sitting in their respective clusters in different corners of the SCR) will be one of my top priorities, and I will do my best to design the social activities around this idea.
Thanks for reading!
Multi-scale thermodynamics and molecular systems representative
The Multi-scale thermodynamics and molecular systems representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Professor Claire Adjiman, Professor Amparo Galindo, Dr Gonzalo Guillén-Gosálbez, Professor George Jackson, Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Professor Geoff Maitland, Dr Christos Markides, Professor Omar Matar, Professor Erich Müller, Professor Martin Trusler
Hi, I’m Oliver Watson, and here’s why I think you should vote for me!
I’ve studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial for the last four years, so I already know many of the supervisors and lecturers around the department and have a good idea about how things work.
During my undergraduate here, I was a year rep for two years, working hard with students and staff to improve the overall undergraduate experience. I know I can achieve the same here as a postgraduate rep, having this prior knowledge and familiarity with me, whilst not being afraid to stand up to (sometimes difficult) members of the academics if something needs changing. For instance, some of you may feel that your supervisor, or perhaps your GTA co-ordinator, are putting too much pressure on you – be that making you feel guilty for not starting work early and finishing late, or by just being very overbearing and asking you to do too many additional things beyond what is reasonably required. I will make sure issues like these are raised as soon as possible with the appropriate members of staff, as well as any others issues you might face.
Furthermore, on a serious note, a recent survey of postgraduates in the department showed that some people have suffered from various forms of bullying whilst working at Imperial – I will be here as someone that can represent you, and will work with the other representatives and academics to remove this atmosphere from the department entirely.
On a slightly less serious note, I am currently in my first year of a PhD, so this gives me the advantage of having a fair amount of time to put into being your representative! (Unless my supervisors are reading this, in which case my work is my life, obviously.) Coupling that with my love for planning events and social occasions, you can expect to see plenty of food and drinks in the SCR (as well as games / sports / bbqs / drinks / afternoon tea / movie nights / quiz nights / breakfasts / drinks/¿CHRISTMAS PARTY?). I’ve already helped to organise an office running group in afternoons, and it would be great to extend this even further!
I’m looking forward to (hopefully) getting to know everybody in multi-scale thermodynamics and molecular systems, and across the entire department, as your representative. As researchers you’re like detectives of knowledge – i.e. you be Sherlock Holmes and I’ll be your Watson! *cringe*
So please vote for me! Thanks!
Reaction engineering and applied catalysis representative
The Reaction engineering and applied catalysis representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Professor David Chadwick, Professor Klaus Hellgardt, Dr Jason Hallett, Professor Geoff Kelsall, Professor Kang Li, Dr Marcos Millan-Agorio, Dr Camille Petit, Dr Roberto Rinaldi, Dr Christopher Tighe
Hi! I’m Shil, a 2nd year PhD candidate under Professor Fennell investigating the suitability of gas-solid reactions involving metal oxides for thermochemical energy storage. I enjoy playing badminton, reading science fiction, and making music. I completed my undergrad here and served as a year rep as well as in several other student rep positions and leadership roles in that time. More importantly, I’ve served on the PhD Rep team this past year and so have extensive experience in preparing your socials and voicing your feedback to the department. As a result, I wish to carry on serving my peers as a rep and use my experience to help the elected rep team do their best for you.
In addition, I will of course be receptive to ideas for social activities and networking events that you and my fellow reps may wish for to be organized. Based on last year’s experiences, I intend for our team to organize more frequent in-house socials and games nights this year. I also will push for greater communication from us to you – to let you know what we will have done with your feedback and what the department will do to improve your experience.
The Separations representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Dr Benoit Chachuat, Dr Peter DiMaggio, Dr Jason Hallett, Dr Bradley Ladewig, Professor Kang Li, Professor Andrew Livingston, Dr Ronny Pini, Dr Camille Petit, Dr Qilei Song, Professor David Stuckey
Hi, I’m a first year PhD student in Jason Hallett’s group! In my spare time I enjoy playing football, watercolour painting, and long walks on the beach.
I’m standing for the role because I want to improve students’ experiences over the course of their PhDs. As someone approachable and outspoken, I believe I would be well suited to voicing people’s concerns.
Soft matter engineering representative
The Soft matter engineering representative represents PhD students from the following academic research groups: Dr João Cabral, Dr Rongjun Chen, Dr Valeria Garbin, Professor George Jackson, Professor Serafim Kalliadasis, Professor Sergei Kazarian, Professor Andrew Livingston, Professor Paul Luckham, Professor Geoff Maitland, Professor Omar Matar, Professor Erich Müller, Dr Qilei Song, Dr Daryl Williams
Hi all, I’m Jie Ren, 1st year PhD in Dr. Rongjun Chen’s group. But as a previous MSc student in Chemical Engineering Department, I am not new to the Department. I may look like a shy girl, but if you get to know me, you will find me an energetic and enthusiastic person. Drawing manga, singing, hanging out with friends, playing both sports and computer games are all things I would like to do in my spare time. I like to know and talk with different people since I take communication what makes our life fresh and interesting. I believe doing a PhD is not just focusing on the exact research project, but also a process to learn more about every respect, that is exactly what communicating with different people can benefit us.
Keen on organising events, I have a lot of experiences in holding activities such as sports meetings in my undergraduate degree. Additionally, I worked as a journalist during my gap year, making me more confident when interacting with different types of people. Really hope I can get your trust in fitting in this position as your PhD rep, and I will try my best to contribute to our lovely chemical engineering PhD family. Thank you!
The PhD reps have organised several very successful events, including a summer barbecue, Christmas and Halloween parties and monthly social gatherings. Fortcoming events will be communicated by e-mail and through Facebook.