Sam BeatonEnergy & Projects Engineer


Energy & Projects Engineer


MEng Chemical & Process Engineering


Sam graduated with a Distinction in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. His degree involved the core principles of Safety in Engineering, Thermodynamics, Fluid Flow, Design, and Sustainability & Ethics. In his Bachelor’s year, using these core principles, his project was to complete a design for a new bioethanol plant in Malaysia using the waste product from Palm Oil manufacturing. In his final year, Sam spent a semester at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. His assignment- “Application of silicone rubber membrane modules for extractive biotransformation” involved reactor, fermentation, mass transfer coefficients and flux calculations.

Following University, Sam’s passion for sustainability and low carbon solutions enabled him to join Heineken as Utilities Engineer. In this role, Sam managed the Effluent Treatment Facility, optimising performance and control by improving equipment reliability. During this time, Sam was also the site controller for the installation of a cutting-edge WWTP facility onsite- ensuring quick, accurate and reliable implementation and integration to site.

Sam’s core duties involved the designing, developing and implementing projects to reduce thermal, electrical and water consumption to improve cost-effectiveness across the 4.5million hectolitre site. These projects varied from heat recovery in the boiler house to process optimisation using LEAN manufacturing tools & Sigma as well as cost-balance justification for replacing obsolete equipment.


Through this project work Sam gained practical experience across the site, controlling and commissioning projects by prioritising safety and a first time right approach.

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