The award presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was presented to O’Brien for his exceptional engineering skills, leadership ability and commitment to volunteering in the community.
Senior mechanical engineer and O’Brien’s former colleague Matt Manley said: “Ross’ determination to continue his personal and professional development will serve him well in his ambition to become an inspirational and successful future energy leader.”
I’m still trying to figure that one out myself! The award recognises individuals that demonstrate a high skill level, leadership ability and contribution to the community around them. These are all aspects that I take seriously in my career and life. However, although this is an individual award, I’ve been incredibly fortunate. BP has given me excellent opportunities along the way and most importantly of all, I’ve worked with great people in great teams. This is a huge part of why I’ve won this award.
Its been an incredible experience so far. I started out in Petrochemicals and have recently moved into BP’s refining business, supporting our Gelsenkirchen site in Germany. During my time in Petrochemicals I supported our manufacturing sites around the world and got the chance to develop new technologies. I love working in a manufacturing environment because every day you feel that you can make a difference. Hull, in particular, is a great place for young engineers as you get to experience operations up close and learn the challenges of a manufacturing business. Big shout out to the Hull team! Now that I’m in Gelsenkirchen, my attention is solely on improving site availability. We’ve got a huge opportunity to work closely with the site to make real improvements. If we can all pull it off, it will not only deliver an increase in production but also a great improvement in safety.
O’Brien has inspired future engineers by regularly contributing to local school events, university talks and conferences, including “ex’straw’dinary engineering”, New Scientist Live conference and The Children’s University Year of Engineering event.
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My goal is to develop into a leader within the industry so that I can help us achieve a low carbon future. Along the way I want to encourage as many children as possible to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in school and, later, pursue careers in engineering. The future will certainly be challenging but I’m optimistic that our best years are ahead of us.
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Ross O’Brien was named 2018's Rising Star by the World Refining Association at the European Refining Technology Conference in Cannes
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