She's an Engineer- Enrica Ippoliti

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Route into engineering

Right after graduation, I joined a small environmental engineering firm where I began my career as a Safety Engineer. In 2005 I joined Technip, an Oil and Gas EPC contractor, attending their graduate scheme. In December 2006 I left Rome and moved to London to join KBR, another Oil and Gas EPC contractor where I started working as Process Safety Engineer and Noise Specialist first, and then, in 2007, I moved permanently into Process Engineering. As a process engineer, I worked for the refinery, ammonia and LNG technologies. In November 2009 I moved back to Rome where I joined Technimont and was introduced to the petrochemical and energy licensing business, working for the sulphur recovery, hydrogen production and gas handling technologies. After returning to London in 2011, I left the EPC contracting world to move to Johnson Matthey (former Davy Technologies) and permanently joined the petrochemical licensing business.

Since working for Johnson Matthey, I have progressed my career from Process Engineer to Senior Process Engineer and then to Lead Process Engineer. I have worked for different technologies such as oxo, GTL, syngas and methanol production. In my role as Lead Process Engineer, in 2014, after coming back from my second maternity leave, I have assumed the responsibility to manage the methanol production Chinese proposals, discussing and signing the technical part of several licensing contracts. In 2018 I left Process Engineering and joined the Johnson Matthey Project Management Team, managing some of the licensing contracts previously signed as Proposal Lead.

Job description

Petrochemical's and energy's companies around the world need specific know-how to transform available natural resources into commercial materials and forms of energies that we can use in our every-day life.

My company, Johnson Matthey, owns that know-how in the form of commercial licenses. When a commercial license is sold, a contract is signed. That contract contains scopes to develop a basic engineering package related to the employable technology and to engage in procurement, commissioning and start-up activities.

My job is to negotiate and manage the contracts in order to fulfil their commercial and technical obligations towards our clients, making sure the right people are working on the engineering package, that all the deliverables are issued in a timely and quality manner and that all the commercial obligations are fulfilled and related invoices paid.

Planning of activities, review reports, attend meetings.

Be bolder, do not be afraid of not being good enough. You are. But also, learn, learn more, learn a lot, you will need all the knowledge one day!

As I have said few times to everyone who is willing to listen: chemical engineering has saved the world in the past and will save it in the future as well.

Johnson Matthey syngas and methanol production commercial licenses have the highest CO and CO2 efficiency in the market. At the moment I am working on few contracts delivering Basic Engineering Packages for Blue Hydrogen production in UK. Our blue hydrogen processes, which produce hydrogen from natural gas, through syngas and employing CO2 capture technology, only produce 5% of the CO2 that would normally be produced via a brown hydrogen technology.

Not sure about setbacks, it is difficult to compare as I do not really know anyone with my background doing the same job I do. But challenges, yes, a lot of them. Throughout the years, roughly 95% of the time I have been the only woman in the room or around the table with all the foreseeable consequences that might have.

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