Materials Engineering team expands

Hawkins is pleased to welcome Ms Melissa Gartside and Dr Paul Moody to our team of Materials Engineers.

Melissa has almost 20 years’ experience in materials engineering. After graduating from the University of Birmingham, she joined Federal-Mogul Technology in 1998. Here Melissa worked on various research and development projects for materials and processing of components including pistons, cylinder head gaskets, bearings, connecting rods and brake pads.

Melissa then joined Cosworth Racing in 2000, where she worked with casting, forging, heat treatment and coating suppliers to investigate and eliminate quality issues. She later became a Materials Engineer and worked on new materials, heat treatments and coatings for engine components and performed failure investigations of both engine and vehicle components.

In 2005, Melissa moved to Caterpillar as a Senior Materials Engineer in the Materials Engineering department which covered all the Caterpillar UK facilities. Here she gained experience of investigating failures of diesel engines, off-highway vehicles and factory & test cell components. She also worked with design and development engineers to promote early involvement of materials engineers in order to prevent failures later in the development cycle. Melissa was the technical lead on a government co-funded research and development project with industry and academic partners.

Melissa is an Associate based in our Cambridge office.

Paul completed his undergraduate degree in Metallurgy at the University of Birmingham in 1990. During this time, he was sponsored by British Steel and gained work experience at Swinden Labs in Rotherham. Paul later completed his Doctorate at the University of Birmingham, researching the fracture properties of welded structural steels in relation to the oxygen content of weld metals. The work was sponsored by ESAB, headquartered in Waltham Cross in London.

After completing his studies in 1995, Paul began his career at the Defence Research Agency as a Research Scientist, working on welding of high strength naval steels and investigations of failed components. Following this, Paul worked as a Metallurgist at a number of firms including Bodycote Materials Testing Ltd, Ingenco Ltd (formerly Scottish Power Technology), and Doosan Babcock Ltd. Paul’s experience includes facilitating contract materials testing for the offshore oil and gas services industry, performing remanent life assessment on boilers for power plants and petrochemical sites, investigating failed components, and providing support on materials related issues.

Paul is an Associate based in our Glasgow office.

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