03-06 September 2019
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TWI will be exhibiting at SPE Offshore Europe 2019. Come and meet the team on stand 2G82.
Meet the team
Programme Manager - Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals at TWI Ltd
Caroline Young is TWI's Programme Manager for the oil and gas industries. She is based at the Cambridge office and provides an interface with oil and gas member companies worldwide.
She is also the Industrial Membership Sector Manager for oil and gas, which she has been involved with for 18 years. However, now she is tasked with managing members on a more technical level and facilitating interactions with TWI's technical groups on, consultancy, research and project work.
Principal Project Leader – Lasers
Dr Ali Khan is a principal project leader at TWI. He is in charge of all aspects of the development of laser material processing and applications and has been instrumental in the development of laser technology for decommissioning applications at TWI. He has successfully led many research and development projects for TWI Members and recently worked closely with Magnox Ltd to deploy a first-of-a-kind automated remote laser cutting facility at Hinkley Point A nuclear power station.
Dr James H Kern
Senior Project Leader, Non-Destructive Testing, Integrity Management Group
James joined TWI in 2014 and worked in the Specialist Materials and Joining group running research projects and industrial programmes related to brazing (similar and dissimilar materials), diffusion bonding and joint characterisation. In 2017 he moved to the NDT section where he manages multi-disciplinary teams in both UK and EU-funded collaborative projects. Previously, James worked as the Chief Material Scientist for APPH (now Heroux Devtech), prior to which he was an advanced technologist at Rolls Royce where he controlled the hot forming process at their Bankfield site and then specialising in non-destructive testing supporting the Ghyll Brow site. He has also worked as a fire investigator and site/lab based metallurgist, overseen multiple failure investigations, and interpreted British and international standards to allow bespoke testing of materials and structures.
James graduated from Sheffield University with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Engineering Materials where he also later obtained a PhD in ‘The processing and properties of amorphous alloy wire and its use in Tyre Reinforcement’.
Senior Subsea Inspection Lecturer
Working both onshore and offshore as an inspection diver, Inspection coordinator, client representative, project engineer with 14 years experience in oil and gas industry world-wide.
Additionally 6 years experience as software engineer - development and system administration.
Currently working as a Senior Subsea Inspection Lecturer in TWI Middlesbrough.
Ali Khadimallah has a long experience in the area of Structural Health Monitoring. He worked on several projects aiming at providing advanced and innovative solutions in the energy sector. His expertise includes acoustic emission and magnetism-based sensing systems. Ali has been focusing on developing innovative solutions for the monitoring of metallic and non-metallic assets. Following his PhD, Ali worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Houston in Texas in different areas ranging from semiconductors and solar cell devices to heat exchangers used in oil and gas production plants.
• PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston
• National Engineering Diploma from Tunisia Polytechnic School
• Oct 2018-Present: Project Leader at TWI (Cambridge, UK)
• Dec 2015-Aug 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Houston (Texas, USA)
• Aug 2012-Aug 2015: Researcher at the University of Houston (Texas, USA)
• Nov 2011-Jun 2012: Application and Support Engineer at ESI Group (Tunisa)
Graeme has been qualified in aspects of NDT Since 1982, and has been employed in carrying out examinations in industry using these techniques. Graeme started working at TWI in 2010 lecturing in NDT.