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Bob Skelton is retiring from his post at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the end of September 2005. He has been a lecturer here for 16 years and before that spent most of his working life in the process plant contracting industry.

He has run the Design Project, which is a major part of the coursework for Chemical Engineering students in their third year at Cambridge, for many years. At the end of his last Design Project, in June of this year, Professor Lynn Gladden presented him with a small token of the department's appreciation for his efforts over the years.

Although Bob is retiring from lecturing, he will continue his research into Biodiesel and will still be seen around the department.

Presentation of retirement gift

The Head of the Mechanical Workshop and Maintenance Section, Paul Brittain, is also retiring at the end of September, after 15 years' service in the Department. Lee Pratt will now take up that position.

The third retirement is John Watson, who was a technician in the Laboratory section. He was well known to the undergraduates as he ran their laboratory classes.

We wish all three a very long and happy retirement.

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University Senior Lecturer, Dr Bill Paterson, is currently an Erskine Teaching Fellow at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch, New Zealand.


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