Q&A – Simon Hogg
IOM3 Strategic Advisor, Simon Hogg, is Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University.
Tell me about your background
I am currently Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University, UK. I graduated with a degree in Materials Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University in 1995, and after a spell working in the materials section of an automotive testing centre, I studied for a PhD at Sheffield University, UK. I then worked as a research assistant at Oxford University until 2006, when I moved to Loughborough. I teach on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules related to metallurgy and metals processing. My research interests revolve around using advanced characterisation techniques to investigate microstructure development during processing and in-service operation of industrial and novel metal alloy systems.
How did you become involved with IOM3?
I have been a member of IOM3 since I started my degree, but my participation increased when I became involved with the East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS) – an affiliated Local Society of the Institute – after moving to Loughborough.
I became a committee member in around 2008 and the treasurer in 2012. I am currently the President of EMMS and am looking forward to continuing to engage with students and the academic and industrial community in the East Midlands area and beyond. I am also an active member of the Technical Communities Board Light Metals Division (LMD) Board where, among other things, we have been active in promoting materials education with BLOODHOUND education and I am currently involved in preparation of an LMD event related to design for recyclability.
What are you most looking forward to about taking on the role?
I am looking forward to engaging and communicating with the different technical divisions, committees and groups of the TCB to gain a better understanding of the diverse activities undertaken by the materials, minerals and mining community across the entire materials cycle. This represents a great opportunity to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to work towards solutions to some of the pressing societal and environmental problems that we face.
What do you feel are the main priorities for IOM3 going forward?
IOM3 must continue to be a relevant voice as we move towards a more digital-driven economy. I believe the Institute needs to actively provide guidance and direction in the education of (materials) engineers and scientists to ensure that they have the skills necessary to safeguard the UK’s future. We should also be at the forefront of promoting diversity in the uptake of engineering education, so people from all backgrounds feel that engineering can be a welcoming, exciting and relevant career path.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
As well as spending time with my family, I enjoy playing and modifying electric guitars, and have a fascination for modular synthesisers.