Happy International Women in Engineering Day… Let’s celebrate with role models!

We celebrate the achievements of women in STEM every day, but today we want to give an extra special shout out!

It’s International Women in Engineering Day, so we’re championing five women in engineering who have combined this field with their ‘X’ – their passion, interest or another area. In the video, you’ll meet a water engineer, a robotics field engineer, a graduate engineer working for Boeing, an aerospace engineer and a pavement engineer.

Below, find more details about them and links to their full profiles, plus their study and career paths.

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1. Veronica Corinaldi, pavement engineer

Veronica says she was always interested in the amazing and often ancient built environment of her home country, Italy. After studying in Italy and Australia, she is now working at engineering consultancy, GHD, as a pavement engineer, on infrastructure projects around Australia.

“I assist in the pavement design process from start to finish. This includes desktop studies, geotechnical and pavement investigation, analysis of data, reporting and providing consulting services to the client,” she explains. “Behind every project worked on at GHD is the intention and drive to improve communities around Australia and the world.”

Find out more about her engineering study and career journey, here.

2. Dr Anastasia Volkova, aerospace engineer:

After an undergrad degree and Masters in Europe, Anastasia came to Australia to study a PhD in autonomous systems at Sydney University. There, she founded FluroSat to use drones and satellite data to help farmers grow more with less.

In 2021, FluroSat joined forces with US AgTech startup Dagan to create software models that use satellite and sensing data to accurately measure how different farming practices can help trap more carbon in the soil.

Check out her amazing CV and pathway here.

3. Hope Sneddon, graduate engineer

Hope always loved art and drawing, but a year 10 physics class inspired her to be an engineer. Her plan? To use her skills and help reshape the world.

“I realised that I was not only capable of understanding applied mathematics, but I was absolutely passionate and fascinated by learning it,” she says.

“In my final year of study, I was accepted into the Boeing Internship program with Boeing Defence Australia, where I was placed in the Air-Power Teaming System Program,” Hope says. “After graduating from my Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Aerospace) with minors in astrophysics and engineering management I was offered a full-time position as a system engineer,” she says.

See what a typical day as a graduate systems engineer at Boeing is like here.

4. Danika Smith, water engineer:

Danika was always interested in science at school, and particularly in the environment and mitigating climate change. But engineering didn’t enter her radar as a career option until she was in Year 12 and really enjoying maths, and learnt how much maths was involved in engineering.

After studying an environmental engineering degree at UNSW and completing her graduate year at Arup, Danika was recently promoted to Water Engineer and Australasia Water Skills Manager. This involves planning water, wastewater, stormwater and recycled water infrastructure, and using growth predictions and risk assessments to determine where new or updated water infrastructure will be needed in the next four to 10 years.

Study her STEM path here.

5. Amelia Luu, robotics field engineer:

Amelia followed her interests to a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) at QUT and she hasn’t looked back. Her favourite part of being in robotics? The collaboration. “I learnt a lot working alongside manufacturers and people on the workshop floor, helping them adopt and use robotic and advanced technology to support their work,” she says.

Today, Amelia is a robotics field engineer for the Wildcat Team at CSIRO Data61 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group. Wildcat is advanced tech for autonomous robots that uses their sensors and code to build detailed maps of the robot’s surroundings and pinpoint their location.

Her full profile, including her study path, can be found here.

Looking for more women in STEM role models? Check out this page! And for more STEM career videos, subscribe to the Careers with STEM YouTube channel.

Louise Meers

Author: Louise Meers

Louise is Careers with STEM’s digital content strategist. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.

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