Meet our new Program Manager Education and human capital. Gavin Phillips recently joined Maastricht University, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) as Programme director BSc Circular Engineering. He feels a great responsibility in leading the new program and appreciates the hard work done by the whole team that has gone into developing and launching the BSc Circular Engineering this academic year. In addition to developing innovative technologies and stimulating their commercial application, Brightsite focuses on education. Training a new generation of researchers and engineers who can put innovations into practice is a prerequisite for making the transition within the chemical industry and a circular economy a success. With the further development of the BSc Circular Engineering, Gavin is making an active contribution educating these engineers of the future.
Before arriving in Maastricht, Gavin was a founding Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Chester, UK, at a new industrial campus taken over from Royal Dutch Shell in 2014. During that period, Gavin held numerous roles, most recently as acting Head of the Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Gavin is particularly motivated by providing undergraduate students with real-life industrial experience and enabling them to build their professional networks during their studies. He is especially proud that this past summer, three of his former students have launched a new start-up engineering company, Motrac Research Engineering, with one of his industrial collaborators.
Gavin’s research interests lie with the domain of sustainable built environments and agriculture and at Chester he led the DOMESTIC Laboratory for developing new domestic technologies and understanding the impact of the environment in households on human health and wellbeing. He also developed sensor-based ammonia emissions monitoring systems for poultry farming. A career in Environmental Science and Engineering has given Gavin, who grew up in the former coal-mining region in south Wales, the opportunity to work in the USA, Scotland, Germany and most recently in England.