SSPC Executive Director
Industrial chemist turned chemical engineer; Dr Croker’s career to-date has been earned between industry and academia. Her PhD was an industrially based research project at the alumina refinery Aughinish Alumina in Askeaton, Co. Limerick. She investigated a unit operation at this site, mimicking the plant reaction in a lab-scale autocalve at in-situ synchrotron facility. She subsequently joined the company for a period as a process engineer. She returned to UL as a post doctorate researcher with the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster. This involved managing the day-day activities of a group of post-graduate research student, and conducting research around crystallization and associated phenomena. She became very interested in the pharmaceutical industry and moved to the real world of pharma in a transition to MSD (Merck, Sharpe & Dohme) as a project engineer, where she worked mainly on the commercialization of new products. Dr Coker returned to UL as a lecturer for the BEng Chemical & Biochemical Engineering program.