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IChemE Global Award for Rachel Cooke

last modified Nov 10, 2016 01:25 PM
IChemE Global Award for Rachel Cooke

Dr Rachel Cooke with IChemE president Professor Jonathan Seville. Photo by IChemE, reproduced with their permission.

Former student Dr Rachel Cooke (Trinity 1996) was honoured by the Institution of Chemical Engineers at their Global Awards evening on Thursday 3rd November 2016 when they presented her with The Ambassador Prize.  This prize is in recognition of her being an exceptional ambassador for the Institution and inspiring work to raise the profile of the profession.

Rachel returned to the department on Tuesday 8th November 2016 to take part in the Career Panel for Undergraduates.  She described how after graduating with an MEng from this department in 2000 and then gaining a PhD here on rheologically complex engineering fluids under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Mackley, she has pursued a career in the food and drink industries.  She started her career on Cadbury’s manufacturing graduate programme and gained a wide-range of experiences in the confectionery supply chain, including time in Ireland and 3 years in Poland, where she was an engineer and a project manager for the build of two green field factories.  She has spent the last 4 years working for SABMiller* in a global operational excellence role; following the recent acquisition of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev, she will be starting a new role as a regional engineering manager with Amazon Europe, based in Luxembourg.

She is a chartered engineer and fellow of IChemE and in addition to the Ambassador Prize was named as one of the top 100 most influential individuals in UK Manufacturing by the Manufacturer Magazine in 2014.  Previously she has won the IChemE Young Engineer of the Year award (sponsored by GSK), the Science, Engineering and Technology Chemical Engineering Student of the Year Award (sponsored by BOC) and a Salters’ Institute Graduate Prize.

*SABMiller plc was the second largest global brewer with around 70,000 employees across more than 80 countries. On 10 October 2016, SABMiller was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev in a transaction valued at US$104 billion making it the largest ever takeover of a UK-listed company.

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