Claire Cooke




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Current Job:


Me and my work

I manage whynotchemeng which promotes the diversity of careers in chemical engineering

I work for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the professional membership organisation for people working in chemical, process and biochemical engineers (or anyone with an interest in these areas).

My job is primarily to highlight the range of career opportunities available from a degree in chemical engineering – a career that’s in high demand but perhaps not as well known as other engineering disciplines.

The main areas of my work is to keep our careers website at up to date, generate careers information and posters for schools and manage our network of volunteers who attend careers/science/engineering events to talk about their jobs.

I also work with universities to strengthen links between chemical engineering departments, chemical engineering students and IChemE, and promote IChemE membership to students, graduates and academic staff.


What I'd do with the money

I’d use the money to develop a new careers resource or freebies for students/schools.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Foo Fighters

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Been on holiday to Las Vegas twice

What did you want to be after you left school?

I had no idea!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Not really

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the coolest job in chemistry you've come across?

Chemical engineering :)

What do you think is the best science discovery in history?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Tell us a joke.

Other stuff

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