Dawn Thompson – elected to lead role in Institution of Chemical Engineers

13 November 2018 Kingspan Group
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Kingspan’s commitment to innovation and research is highlighted through new product development, high levels of investment and the recruitment of scientific excellence. That excellence has been demonstrated by Dawn Thompson, Senior Chemical Research Engineer for Kingspan, who was recently elected as a member to the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Congress.

IChemE is the global professional membership organisation for chemical, biochemical and process engineers and the Congress is an elected body of members who play an advisory and leadership role.

As a member of Congress, Dawn is a voice for all members of IChemE to facilitate change and to ensure a diverse range of views are reflected in the decisions made.  Dawn received the highest number of votes from her peers, to represent the ‘Early Career’ category of members, a testament to her credibility as a research engineer and emerging leader.
With a love of chemistry, Dawn graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast with a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2016 and joined Kingspan. On joining, Dawn was presented the opportunity to combine serious scientific research with fast track leadership training before taking on her current role as Senior Chemical Research Engineer.

During her time at Kingspan, Dawn and her team of fellow chemical engineers and analysts have worked to develop new and existing insulation materials and improve on the company’s existing production processes.

Their expertise helps Kingspan to create materials that combine the highest levels of thermal performance with excellent fire performance and optimal use of space. The aesthetics of the materials and their environmental impact are other key factors that Dawn and her colleagues need to factor into their research.

Kingspan is planning to further expand its research and development activity. This expansion investment will see an increase in the number of scientists working at the company and an enhanced focus on how the company can learn from innovations in other sectors such as the aerospace and automotive sectors to seed ideas for innovations in building materials products.

Ultimately Kingspan is ensuring its products are differentiated to meet customers’ evolving needs. Dawn is part of Kingspan’s pool of scientific talent that is essential to ensuring this is possible.

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