Director, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich.
Mike undertook a technician apprenticeship in the aerospace sector then a degree in engineering at Thames Polytechnic.
Following a period working in control systems for aircraft, he switched to bulk solids handling through a PhD in Pneumatic Conveying at Thames Polytechnic, developing a powder characterisation and pipeline design method that is now widely used.
He has subsequently worked on a broad range of bulk solids handling challenges ranging from silo design and wear protection, through segregation, caking, and plant integration, and has designed plants all over the world in industries from aggregates and coal through chemicals and petro-chem to pharmaceuticals and precious metals. More recently he has developed activities in particle engineering and powder characterisation.
Mike has written over a hundred papers on these subjects and leads the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology at the University of Greenwich, one of the world’s foremost centres of excellence for research and consultancy in solids handling technologies. However he retains a strong interest in hands-on engineering and is always happiest in the field with his overalls on, troubleshooting or optimising a system for a customer.
Mike is currently chairman of the Technical Committee of the Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), a Fellow of the Material Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) and highly active in promoting training, best practice and education in solids handling for both budding and practising engineers, through the Bulk Materials Handling Committee and The Wolfson Centre’s own short courses for industry.