Chartered Member profiles

Dr Andrea O’Connor MIChemE
Senior Lecturer 

Dr Andrea O’ConnorI 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 MIChemE CEng CSci
Scientific Investigator

Lee Gorringe

I work for GSK as a Scientific Investigator in pharmaceutical development. I provide scientific and engineering input into the development of new medicines ranging from tablets for HIV to innovative medical devices for asthma. My work encompasses developing new manufacturing techniques and understanding how the physico-chemical properties of the drugs relate to their performance in formulations.

I initially joined the IChemE as a Student Member at university and since worked my way through associate membership to become a fully Chartered Chemical Engineer and Chartered Scientist. Membership of the IChemE gives me recognition of my professional training which is important in an organisation such as GSK, which is formed of scientists from many different disciplines. The IChemE also works with the company via an approved ACTS scheme which provides a structure for me to mentor junior engineers to gain their own Chartered membership.

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).