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PeopleAdeel Shaikh, a Graduate Consultant with Clean Energy's Materials and Structural Integrity Team at Birchwood, has joined the board of the Energy Materials Group (EMG) at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).The EMG meets three times a year to discuss the global challenges aff ecting materials in energy generation, storage and supply. It is also engaged in updating the UK Strategic Research Agenda in energy materials.Adeel invited onto board of Energy Materials Group18Dr Peter Gill, a structural integrity specialist with Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, collected a prestigious prize at the Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) conference.Peter's paper, 'A method to assess impact damage using a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Finite Element coupled approach', won the Early Career Award for those who joined the nuclear industry less than ten years ago.It proposes a new method for calculating the indirect consequences of any loss of coolant accident and is particularly applicable to pressurised water reactors."I put a lot of work into the paper and it was very rewarding to fi nd that it had passed such a stringent test," said Peter, 28. "It was a surprise to win and I feel very honoured."The prize includes a free pass to the next SMiRT gathering in South Korea, when he will be presenting another paper.Amec Foster Wheeler sponsored Peter on his nuclear engineering doctorate at the University of Manchester and he joined the company full-time in January 2014.Professor Nawal Prinja, Technical Director at Amec Foster Wheeler's Clean Energy business, said: "It is very pleasing that Peter has received this recognition so early in his career. It augurs well for the future of the business that we are attracting so many talented graduates to join us and build rewarding careers in the nuclear industry."SMiRT is the only international event dedicated to the application of structural mechanics methods to reactor technology and has been a fi xture on the nuclear industry calendar for fi ve decades. Amec Foster Wheeler was a gold sponsor of the 23rd conference, held at The Lowry in Salford, and staff members presented 14 papers.All smiles at SMiRT as Peter wins prize"I'm hoping this will contribute towards my pursuit of CEng," said Adeel. "I also want to bring my nuclear industry experience and knowledge to the group, contribute to the direction of UK research on nuclear materials, promote the nuclear industry, and promote Amec Foster Wheeler."Dr Peter Gill (centre) receives his prize from (left) Manus O'Donnell, Head of Research & Development at EDF Energy Generation and (right) David Shepherd, SMiRT-23 Conference Chairman

And among the small team showing him around was Phil Blow, a principal consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler, who is embedded within the MOD's Trident Successor team, spending most of his time at BAE Systems in Barrow.Sir Bernard (pictured on the left below, shaking Phil's hand) visited the shipyard to offi cially open the new facility that houses the mock-up. The event marked yet another milestone towards that day in 2028 when the fi rst of the new submarines is expected to begin carrying the UK's nuclear deterrent."It was the fi rst time he had seen the mock-up and we also gave him an update on progress with the Trident Successor propulsion plant design," said Phil, who serves as the MOD's propulsion plant integration manager.As well as ensuring the smooth integration of the propulsion plant with the rest of the submarine, his responsibilities include making sure the work is done on cost and to schedule. "My support to the MOD has demonstrated what Amec Foster Wheeler has to off er, working at the heart of one of their fl agship programmes, and has also brought detailed knowledge of submarine design back into the company," said Phil. "The role gives me the immense professional and personal satisfaction of knowing that I am making a positive contribution to the design of the UK's future nuclear deterrent whilst also getting value for the British taxpayer."It also enables Phil to continue a long association with the Royal Navy – he spent more than 25 years as a nuclear submarine engineer before joining Amec Foster Wheeler.Fortunately, a friend of the family recommended that he apply to Amec Foster Wheeler. Now Ian, 20, from Appleton in Warrington, is due to complete his four-year HNC course in 2017, after which he plans to embark on a degree sponsored by our Clean Energy business."My apprenticeship is in design and draughting," he explains. "Doing the job at the same time makes college work much more relevant and you understand it a lot better."Ian, who did maths, physics and chemistry at A level, joined the company aged 18 in preference to going to university.He added: "I've spoken to apprentices at other companies who feel as though they have just been brought in as cheap labour. It's not like that for us at all. We're given tasks that will improve us. We're treated well and we're expected to do well."Clean Energy employs 63 apprentices and places on the scheme are much sought-after. More than 300 applied for seven posts in this September's intake at Birchwood. Mike Wood, electromechanical engineer, says of the selection process: "We're looking for people who can absorb knowledge. It also helps if they like making model aeroplanes or fi xing bikes or cars."Sir Bernard Gray, the UK's Chief of Defence Materiel, recently got his fi rst glimpse of a mock-up of the reactor compartment for the Royal Navy's Successor submarines.When Ian Webster asked a careers offi cer about mechanical engineering apprenticeships, he was told: "They don't do them anymore."Embedded with the Trident Successor programme19Quality start for apprentices