Professor Hankins  has worked extensively in the University sector for 24 years, teaching  young chemical engineers and supervising their research, and  has also been  employed  in the  oil, gas and chemical industry for 7 years. At Oxford, he has developed a laboratory for sustainable water process engineering, and his research has produced  80 refereed  publications, 80 conference presentations, and a major research book. It has also been recognised by the award of numerous  grants, and invitations to deliver  key-note and plenary conference lectures around the world . 

Candidates for Fellowship need to demonstrate that they have a significant influence on  key performance measures in their professional activity and show that their advice, actions and decisions impact this performance in the short and long term.

They also need to demonstrate that they have made valuable contributions to the profession of chemical engineering,  including activities outside of their normal job remit and responsibilities.

He explains, “Five years ago, Elsevier appointed me as an Editor-in-Chief of  a new engineering journal, the Journal of Water Process Engineering. We started the journal to address a gap in the publication of high quality research in water and wastewater process engineering, emphasizing sustainability. The journal has grown considerably, and now receives over 2,000 submissions annually. It was recently awarded a first Impact Factor of 3.17 (in the 1st quartile of similar journals). As part of this role, I  have also run a major international conference.  And, as  a Departmental Liaison Officer for IChemE over the last 20 years, I have endeavoured to promote the profession to university students”.