Joan Cordiner

Professor, Chemical Engineering


We need our best people changing the world for the better.

What do you do?

I get to teach engineering and collaborative research with students and fellow academics from all over the world. It's exciting making a difference from fighting COVID, pharmaceuticals, feeding and cleaning up the world while motivating and I inspiring our new generations of engineers.

Why did you choose this field?

I loved maths, chemistry and physics and the ability to make a difference at a large scale with engineering.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Don't belittle yourself or believe you can't do something especially as a women or minority! We have proven we can so believe and don't hold yourself back!

Why do you love working in STEM?

Making a difference in the world - especially the students and young academics I work with, seeing them develop and do amazing things.

Best advice for next generation?

Technology brings new freedoms and possibilities we need our best people changing the world for the better and that means we need more women in STEM!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Don't be held by the invisible cages we build ourselves by believing our doubts.”

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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