Dr Andrea O’Connor MIChemE
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Melbourne. My job involves teaching, postgraduate supervision and research in Chemical Engineering. I currently teach undergraduate Process Engineering. My research is focused on advanced materials for tissue engineering and downstream processing for biotechnology.
I joined IChemE when I graduated to tap into the local professional network of Chemical Engineers in Melbourne. Networking opportunities such as seminars, conferences and IChemE sponsored student events have been the most valuable aspect of my IChemE membership.
Being a Member of IChemE also provides international recognition of my credentials in Chemical Engineering.
Lee Gorringe AMIChemE
I work at GlaxoSmithKline as an Associate Scientist in pharmaceutical development. I provide engineering input to a group that develops novel processes to optimize the physico-chemical properties of drugs in relation to how they perform in formulations.
My Associate membership gives me access to tce magazine and tcetoday.com and these resources enable me to maintain strong links with my engineering peer group. This is important because I am a chemical engineer working mainly with scientists.
I initially joined IChemE as a Student member at university. This was an essential part of my career development - the first step towards my ultimate aim of becoming a Chartered Chemical Engineer.