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Zoe Eather


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Creativity is more important for building better cities and towns than you think. Just ask Zoe Eather

Growing up, Zoe Eather loved maths and science, but she also had a creative streak and wanted to make a difference in the world. Now, she uses her engineering know-how and creativity to help government and industry build smart communities.

“Smart communities are about using new ways of thinking, technology and data as enablers to make the places we work, live and play more liveable, accessible and sustainable for all,” says Zoe.

Zoe’s passion for maths and science led her to study civil and environmental engineering at QUT. After a long stint as a project engineer for the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, Zoe started her own consultancy, My Smart Community, where she works with larger consultancies like Arup and state and local government to create smarter public transport networks and smart community strategies. Zoe is also a keynote speaker and conversation facilitator spreading the message of smart communities globally.

When she isn’t busy creating tomorrow’s communities, Zoe interviews interesting people from all over the world about what will make cities, towns and regions more liveable for her podcast, The Smart Community. While making the leap from her government job was a risky move, she hasn’t looked back.

“I’m passionate about changing the narrative around engineering so that it encourages people who want to change the world to get involved in STEM and bring their creativity with them!,” says Zoe. 

Zoe’s ultimate dream is to travel the world as a keynote speaker to help create smart communities globally. She also wants to show people that it’s possible to embrace and use their creative flair in STEM. 

“There’s so much opportunity to bring together technical concepts and the arts to improve quality of life for communities.”

Zoe’s pathway

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Environmental), QUT 
  • Project Engineer, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government 
  • Master of Data Science / Applied Data Science, University of Southern Queensland 
  • CEO, My Smart Community

This article was created in partnership with QUT and originally appears in the QUT STEM Guide 2022.


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