Simon Pogson
“I must thank my former tutor, Martin Binns, for all the encouragement he gave me all those years ago. Martin was a great bloke and teacher who, along with my father, really ignited my interest in engineering. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t gone into engineering but he was Simon Pogsonthe first tutor who gave me any encouragement. The school I was at beforehand was next to useless in this respect and I often say that leaving to go to Bradford College was one of the best decisions I ever made. I remember we had a lot of fun on a course ‘residential’ holiday during the summer.

After I graduated in 1997, I worked as a Design and Development Engineer, with project management responsibilities, for a supplier to the air-conditioning industry before going back to university to study for an MSc (product design and management). I then got offered a job as a research
assistant in manufacturing engineering / metallurgy and studied for my PhD at the same time. My research at Liverpool was in Rapid Prototyping with my thesis concerning the fabrication of functionally graded structure using direct metal laser remelting. I have had papers published a few times in academic journals. I finished my research three years later and got a job as a lead design engineer for a nuclear industry contractor.

I worked for Nuvia, a contractor (design house) in the nuclear industry, for four years, where I spent much of the final year seconded to Novarka (in both Kiev and Paris), a consortium of Bouygues and Vinci, two French construction ‘giants’ responsible for designing the ‘New Safe Confinement’, effectively a steel shed with local atmosphere control to cover Chernobyl Reactor 4 whilst deconstruction activities take place. I assisted with the development of the project's safety case. Unfortunately when I returned back to Nuvia in the UK, several projects had been cancelled or put on hold and frustrated with no new projects forthcoming, I moved on.

I am now working as a mechanical project engineer for Balfour Beatty, a construction company working as a contractor in the nuclear industry. I am responsible for project related activities (project planning, tendering) whilst leading a number of projects on behalf of a large organisation. I have recently become a full member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) and Chartered (CEng).”