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Aidan White

Clean Fuels Engineer

Clean Fuels Engineer

Aidan WhiteAidan White

Engineer - Clean Fuels

Tell us about yourself

After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with an MPhys Master of Physics, I spent a short time with the UK Civil Service before joining TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory in March 2019. I joined as a multiphase test engineer with responsibility for operating the new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) which was partway through construction. This meant being heavily involved in the commissioning of the facility, which was a great experience. I was quickly promoted to rig owner, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the facility, before moving into my current role as engineer within the Clean Fuels team. I’m also one of the trainers on our hydrogen courses.

Why did you choose to apply to TÜV SÜD?

I was interested in the diverse range of services that TÜV SÜD offers and the business unit was local to me, which meant not having to move or commute for hours. I initially applied for a mathematical modelling role within Digital Services which I was a little underqualified for. However, I was offered a job as a test engineer within the multiphase testing team. Being relatively fresh out of university, I had no firm plans about what I wanted to do so I just went with it!

Where do you work?

I was previously based at TÜV SÜD in East Kilbride full time, as I was operating the AMF testing rig, but in my current role I am predominantly home-based, only travelling to site for client meetings, to catch up with colleagues or when I need to access the testing facilities.

What are your main areas of expertise?

Multiphase, wet gas and hydrogen flow metrology – testing, calibration and consultancy. More recently I have been involved in the design of test facilities.

What does your role involve?

At the moment, I’m the technical lead for the design of one of our new hydrogen facilities, due to come online in 2023, which takes up most of my time. I’m also involved in a variety of other hydrogen projects across TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory and wider TÜV SÜD. Occasionally, I’m called to support on large multiphase and wet gas projects within the AMF.

What most interests you about your role?  

Working with new and innovative technologies from companies all over the world and how there can be so many different solutions to one problem such as flow measurement. My main highlight has been the commissioning of the AMF and seeing many years of work by many colleagues finally come to fruition. I expect the same feeling when we bring the new hydrogen primary standard facility online since I have been so deeply involved in the design.

What exciting developments have you seen at TÜV SÜD since you started?

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has historically been a relatively independent part of TÜV SÜD. But over the last couple years, there has been much more collaboration with the wider business, and it is great to be involved in and meet colleagues from across the world and see how many different things TÜV SÜD are involved in.

What future trends do you see developing in your area of work?

I definitely expect to see more and more industries transition to using hydrogen vs traditional fossil fuels for a wide variety of applications and from this I expect the industries that the clean fuels team operate in diversify even further.

What is your biggest challenge?

Working with hydrogen is of course a safety concern due to its properties, such as flammability. There are numerous standards, regulations and codes of practice that must be followed, particularly when designing a hydrogen process to ensure everything is safe.

What do you see as the top perk of working for TÜV SÜD? 

Working with world-renowned scientists and engineers and learning every day.

How have TÜV SÜD supported you?

TÜV SÜD have always supported my career development and provided training courses and the opportunity to learn.

Describe your fellow workers in five words

Dedicated, reliable, intelligent, friendly and helpful!

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of applying for a role similar to yours?

Go for it! There’s always something new and interesting to get involved in.



The Complexities of Traceability for Multiphase Flow

(Flow Control magazine (now PI Process Instrumentation), April 2020)

Going with the Flow

(Physics World’s featured early career industry physicist, April 2020)



Measurement Focus Group, Aberdeen, 2021

Advanced Multiphase Facility


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