​Hawkins Welcomes Thomas Post

Hawkins’ Materials Engineering team has expanded once again with the arrival of Thomas Post.

Thomas graduated with an MEng in Materials Science & Engineering at Imperial College London. In the latter part of his degree, his specialisation focussed on titanium and metals processing, and he spent time working with TIMET in the USA on various projects, producing a dissertation on a novel electro-chemical processing technique to produce titanium foams. He graduated in the top quartile of his year and received 3 awards during his tenure for outstanding contributions both in his work and in his efforts for the Materials Department and the Royal School of Mines.

Following graduation, Thomas spent some time working as a Research Assistant for the Imperial College Business School, contributing to a broad range of research around innovation, patenting, education and technology, as well as supervising an MSc student. He was then accepted onto an MSc in Mining Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, where he graduated with a distinction in the top 5 of his class, despite being the only engineer accepted onto the course. His specialisation continued to focus on materials processing, this time slightly further up the supply stream, producing a dissertation on the extraction and concentration of rare earth elements from carbonatite rocks, working with NunaMinerals in Greenland.

In 2012, Thomas emigrated to Perth, Western Australia after accepting a job with Rio Tinto as a geologist. There, he spent time within the Mining and Resource sections, working long hours in the remote and inhospitable Pilbara Region. As well as collecting and interpreting grade, geological, and metallurgical information, Thomas was intimately involved in the review of QA/QC assessment procedures and the updating of QA/QC software used to analyse yearly drilling data. His job required a strong safety focus including Isolation Training, Working at Heights, and the continuous update and delivery of training on Respiratory Awareness, and Hazardous Materials, including spontaneously combustible materials, potentially acid forming minerals, and fibrous minerals).

In 2014 Thomas immigrated back to the UK to start a job with the Ministry of Defence as a Nuclear Engineer. Here he brought together his broad background to specialise in the decommissioning and disposal of radioactive waste, managing the long-term corrosion and stability of materials, and the handling and immobilisation of irradiated materials. His time here also involved research and development of a novel technique for remote scanning of spent nuclear fuel for the purposes, among others, of safeguarding, fault detection, and burnup reconciliation. He was part of a very small team responsible for delivering at pace to high standards. Health, safety, environmental, and quality regulations were clearly paramount for all this work, including the detailed awareness of the rules and regulations surrounding these standards. Thomas also lectured in the latter part of his time at the MoD, delivering teaching, training, and project supervision on a number of nuclear higher education courses up to MSc level qualifications. During this time, Thomas also started a part-time MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology, in which he is predicted to graduate with a Distinction.

Thomas joined Hawkins in April 2018 and is an Associate based in our Manchester office.

Latest News

Confined Space Training: Why We Do It

24th May 2019

Recently, fire investigator Sarah Griffiths, and Road Traffic Collision investigator Ross Clarke, both of Hawkins’ London Office, attended Essential Confined Space Training. They are pictured with instructor Craig Stevens on top of a mobile unit that ...

Read More

Identifying Causes of Water Ingress and Flooding

20th May 2019

Richard Keightley, a hydrologist based in Hawkins’ London Office, and Andrew Reeves, a civil engineer based in Hawkins’ Reigate Office, recently gave a joint presentation on Water Ingress and Flooding to the Insurance Institute of Sussex ...

Read More

Asia Maritime Presents: Hazardous Cargoes

13th May 2019

Bright and early on the morning of 3rd May at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong, four experts participated in a debate and panel discussion on the topic of Hazardous Cargoes. Speakers (pictured from left to right below) included:Jan Otto de ...

Read More

The 2019 Asian Claims Convention

9th May 2019

From 24th to 26th April 2019 the Asian Claims (AICLA) convention was held at the Sofitel Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This year’s theme for the convention was: ‘Innovation, Disruption and Forensic Advances in Claims.’  Dr Chun Chan and Ms ...

Read More

Hawkins Welcomes Acoustics Assistant Trihao Van

1st May 2019

Trihao joins the Acoustics division at Hawkins after graduating from The University of Sheffield with a MEng in Aerospace Engineering in 2018.During his time at university, Trihao specialised in aerodynamics and propulsion, and in his final year researched ...

Read More

Contact Us

Submitting this contact form will enter your details into our contacts database and we will reply to your request as soon as possible. We will also retain your details so we may contact you from time to time. You can ask us to remove your details at any time. For details, see our Privacy Notice.