We are pleased to announce that Dr. William Priddy has joined NEL as a Research Advisor. He will be providing input on key research projects and will also be helping to coach NEL research engineers.
“Bill will bring years of invaluable field experience of flow measurement systems to NEL,” says NEL’s Managing Director Brian Millington. “This will be a major benefit in mentoring NEL’s developing talent.”
“I relish the opportunity to return to a more influential and ‘hands-on’ involvement in research,” says Dr. Priddy. “I believe that NEL has an increasingly pivotal role to play in advancing flow measurement capabilities and I look forward to contributing to its work.”
Dr. Priddy is already very active on NEL-related projects. As well as acting as chairman of the Flow Measurement Institute Leadership Group, he is also a member of the new steering group driving the ISCF In-situ Multiphase Metering project. In the future, he will participate in the regular NEL Research Forum and will also be guiding some NEL EngD students, in tandem with his role as a visiting academic at Coventry University.
A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Dr. Priddy obtained a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brighton Polytechnic followed by a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Sussex University. He worked on nuclear power plant design with Rolls-Royce before joining BP for a 30-year engagement, specialising in developing and deploying multiphase and single phase flow quantity and quality measurement systems.
Looking ahead, Dr. Priddy sees a number of flow measurement challenges facing industry: “I foresee greater industry emphasis on developing flow quality measurement systems for operational deployment, particularly using in-line analytical instrumentation,” he says. “Overall, there is a need to address the tenuous nature of the traceability chain when dealing with the measurement of complex flows using equipment installed in remote, hostile or inaccessible environments.”