Phil Dent, group corrosion strategy development manager at global testing company Exova, recently attained a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Birmingham, and has also achieved registration as a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council.

As a corrosion expert with over 30 years’ experience in the field, Phil’s thesis focused on the evaluation of seabed temperature corrosion, and sulphide stress cracking resistance of weldable martensitic 13% chromium stainless steel. Conducted on a part-time basis over five years, Phil’s work was funded by Exova and the majority of the experimental work was conducted at the Exova Corrosion Centre in Dudley.

Phil has also recently achieved registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council through the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). CEng registration is based on a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, and successful applicants will have demonstrated their skills in effective communications and the ability to develop technical team members.

Commenting on Phil’s achievements, Roger Digby, group technical director at Exova, said: “Phil is to be congratulated on not just one, but two prestigious accolades which come as a result of years of hard work. We are proud of the talent and expertise we have at Exova and have been pleased to support Phil in taking his skills to such high levels. Phil’s involvement both as a participant and as a technical mentor in the Exova Technical Career Development Programme is testament to his commitment to continuing professional development.

“IOM3 is an important and influential professional body and his CEng registration is valued recognition of the contribution Phil makes in developing colleagues and expanding Exova’s capabilities to deliver ever more technically demanding services in the field of corrosion.”

Phil has more than 40 years’ metallurgical experience and has spent the last 29 years at Exova. He is a member of NACE International and is currently chairman of the Marine Corrosion Forum, as well as being an active member of various technical committees, maintenance panels and task groups.