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7 awesome career paths in robotics and AI

Face the future, don’t fear it!

If you’re looking for a career path that’s future-proof, you’ve found it. Robotics and AI are the new world work order and the need for people with skills in these areas is steadily growing.

Below are seven STEM pros working in robotics and AI, flexing their smarts and doing incredible, innovative things in areas like machine learning, language, space, wildlife conservation and healthcare.

Need a refresher on AI first? Start here…

1. Robotics engineer

Mahroni Owen

Passionate about helping people, Mahonri Owen is drawing on both STEM skills and Māori knowledge to develop a brain-controlled prosthetic hand. 

Check out Mahonri’s study and career path.

2. Tech entrepreneur

Camille Goldstone-Henry
Camille Goldstone-Henry

Camille Goldstone-Henry is a wildlife conservationist and founder of tech startup, Xylo Systems, which is a cloud-based platform that helps organisations easily manage and measure their biodiversity impact.

Read about how she aims to put herself out of business (yes, really!) over here.

3. Professor of Robotics

Michael Milford

As a professor of robotics and joint director of QUT’s Centre for Robotics, Michael Milford and his team harness the power of AI to create real-world solutions for industry and government. For example, Michael has worked on developing technology to help autonomous vehicles find their way underground at mining sites!

Check out his complete CV here.

4. Artificial intelligence innovator

Brody Foy

QUT mathematics graduate, Brody Foy, co-founded non-profit consultancy, Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab. It uses data analysis and machine learning to solve problems in healthcare, energy and social services.

“It’s all about the power of technology to do social good,” he says. 

See his STEM journey here.

5. Robotics researcher

Dr Sue Keay

Dr Sue Keay runs the world’s first robotic vision research centre. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is an ARC Centre of Excellence with more than 100 researchers distributed across Australian and overseas research institutions. “By creating robots that see and understand their environment, we will finally reach the tipping point where robots can assume capabilities that have previously only been imagined,” she says.

Read our Q&A with Sue over here.

7. Google customer engineer

Marina Deletic

Marina Deletic works at Google as a customer engineer, specialising in data, AI and machine learning.

She helps Google’s customers create technical solutions for their business goals. This includes creating architecture, demonstrations and POCs (proof of concepts) – an experiment that tests if an idea can work in the real world. 

See what it’s like to work at Google in AI by reading Marina’s STEM story.

8. NASA robotic mobility engineer

Will Reid

Australian engineer Will Reid works for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, writing the code that lets robots roll over challenging terrain!

Want to go behind the scenes at NASA? Will shared an epic ‘day in the life‘ with us so you can get a good feel for what it would be like to work in space + robotics and AI.

Want a career in robotics and AI? Find more awesome reads over on our STEM + robots and AI hub.


Careers with STEM: Technology

And don’t forget to check out Careers with STEM: Technology for all the latest on tech paths and how to combine them with your passion, hobby or interests!

Read the e-mag here, or order print copies.

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