​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.

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