A path less travelled to propelling exploration

Imelda Alexopoulos, Director of Exploration at Fleet Space Technologies - From receiving a Bachelor of Biomedical Science to becoming a successful retail banking manager, to then building a high-powered career in professional services consulting - at face value, this doesn’t sound like a road that leads to the defence and space industries. But this less travelled path is the one that Imelda Alexopoulos has taken, and she is not looking back. After serving in the Navy, Imelda Alexopoulos’ father settled [...]

2024-03-08T09:40:49+10:30March 7th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The defence industry: where finite models lead to infinite possibilities

Dr Janet Wilson, Lead Structural Engineer at KBR, Frazer-Nash Consultancy - Growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Janet Wilson had a strong aptitude for maths and physics. While studying engineering in Scotland, Janet rose to the top of her class and hasn’t looked back since. Engineering was not a popular choice for many women of the time, but for Janet it was a career path that ‘popped’. “I was aware that engineering was not a path that I could go [...]

2024-03-28T09:01:18+10:30March 6th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Breaking boundaries: how a career in computer science means you’re always engaged

Claudia, Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide - In the realm of cutting-edge computer science, women are largely underrepresented. However, Claudia Szabo ardently pursued her interests, carving out a distinctive path as a female academic dedicated to the success of her students. Born in Romania, Claudia graduated with a degree in computer science from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest and went on to complete her PhD at the National University of Singapore. “I stayed in Singapore for 10 years before [...]

2024-03-08T09:41:19+10:30March 6th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Defence life inspires a career of giving back

Defence life is truly at the heart of Amanda Tarrant’s world. Amanda’s husband, Brad, is an engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force, which has seen the couple embrace Defence life in a variety of different locations. Originally born and raised in Queensland, Amanda met Brad while he was holidaying on the coast. At the time, Amanda was studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Queensland and Brad was serving at the RAAF Base in Richmond, New [...]

2024-03-06T16:22:54+10:30March 6th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

From artillery and helicopters to land and aerospace

Marc Bryant’s successful Defence Force career spanned England, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Australia. And when it came to transitioning to civilian life, Marc and his family chose South Australia as their permanent home base. Like many other Top Gun fans, Marc Bryant grew up wanting to be a pilot. After completing flying scholarships with the RAF and Air League, Marc launched his military career with the Army at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After commissioning as an Artillery Officer, Marc [...]

2024-02-08T16:20:05+10:30February 8th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Growth in a growing industry

Nicola Higgins is born and bred South Australian, and proud to be working in Adelaide as a Mechanical Engineer for Mincham. Growing up, Nicola had a passion for maths and physics which meant that she saw her future clearly early on. “I knew that I wanted to do something in the engineering field but wasn’t sure which modality,” said Nicola. “After weighing up the options, mechanical felt like the most diverse choice with opportunities to work on anything from engines [...]

2023-11-22T11:24:13+10:30November 22nd, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

From experience comes future ambition

Born in Jordan, Sama was introduced to the Defence Forces as an early age. As refugees of the Iraq War, Sama’s father was forced to leave his family and immigrate to Brisbane under refugee status. Seven years later, Sama, her brother and mother were able to join him in Australia. Following in her brother’s footsteps, engineering was high on the agenda for Sama. “My brother is in civil engineering, and although I liked the idea of it, civil wasn’t of [...]

2023-10-25T10:26:25+10:30October 25th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Driving diversity and delivering value for defence industry

As a Program Director leading a team of consultants, Karen Hughes brings with her a wealth of experience in the defence industry. Originally born in England, she migrated to Australia as a child when her father was employed by the federal government in Canberra, moving to Adelaide soon after. Once school was complete, Karen began a maths degree at university, sparking an interest in computer science. And that set the direction for the rest of Karen’s career. “Computer Science just [...]

2023-09-27T10:30:57+09:30September 27th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: