Trainer Profile: Karen Crouse

LCI Congratulates Karen Crouse for being recognized as Professor Emerita at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Sydney, Nova Scotia January 12th, 2016

LearnCorp International (LCI) is pleased to profile LCI trainer Karen Crouse. In 2015, she delivered math as well as physics courses as part of an LCI Basic Skills Training Program in Papua New Guinea. She also taught courses in physical/inorganic chemistry and advanced courses in undergraduate inorganic chemistry at Cape Breton University in 2013 and 2014. She was recently awarded the special academic rank of Professor Emerita at UPM. The LCI team congratulates her on this great and well deserved honour. A copy of the citation and photo printed in the UPM convocation booklet follows:

Karen CrouseKaren Ann Crouse has built a distinguished career as a research chemist, educator and consultant. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, she earned a Master of Science in Physical Chemistry from Dalhousie University, Canada before completing her doctoral studies at University of Malaya in Organometallic Chemistry.

Karen, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, chose to migrate to Malaysia with her husband and together they began their academic careers at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1972. Karen retired as Professor from UPM in 2004. She has served as Chair of the Chemistry Department and as a member of Senate. Karen retired as Professor from UPM in 2004 after which she continued as Contract Professor until June 2011 and Contract Research Fellow until July 2013.

After her service in UPM ended, she joined Cape Breton University in Canada for the 2013-14 academic year and LearnCorp International for an assignment in Papua New Guinea in mid-2015 while returning to UPM as Visiting Professor for short periods in between.

Karen has a long history in research and education at the national, regional and international levels. She served as a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at several universities including the University of Malaya, Dalhousie University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. While she was on attachment with British Petroleum in 1994, she conducted research on measures to ensure that our chemistry graduates could meet the needs of industry and translated the findings into a proposal for the implementation of a quality assurance system at UPM.

As an educator, she was also involved in academic development activities including curriculum planning and infrastructure planning for her Department. During her tenure as Head of the Chemistry Department she worked on the development of two new major programs: Industrial Chemistry and Petroleum Chemistry, designed to meet the demands of Malaysia’s developing economy. With this addition, the enrollment of students in Chemistry multiplied, leading to growth in graduate studies in Chemistry and promotion to Commonwealth, ASEAN and middle-eastern nations.

Having observed that many students face problems in university due to their lack of skill in mathematics, critical reading and independent learning Karen established Purnama Kumon Centre in Putrajaya in 2006. The Center was very well-received by the community, and by 2013, student enrolment had reached more than 200 students.

Karen’s main research interest is inorganic chemistry. She has published more than 80 manuscripts in international journals. She works in collaboration with universities in Malaysia, Canada, Bangladesh, the U.K, France and the U.S. She has supervised more than 30 master and doctoral research projects as well as more than 100 projects of honours Chemistry undergraduate students. Dr. Low May Lee, UPM’s first co-tutelle graduate (UPM and Univ Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris), completed her project under Karen’s supervision.

Karen’s expertise is recognized in her appointment as referee for various chemistry journals. She has been a member of the Editorial Board of UPM’s Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology since 2008.
The late Professor Badri Muhammad was her husband, her inspiration and her mentor. They were blessed with four children Suzana, Adam, Diana and Nadira.

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