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: , , , |

Space to learn and grow

Jack Hopgood grew up in the Adelaide Hills, with dreams of a career working with animals. Attending Urrbrae Agricultural High School, he had all that he needed to achieve his goals. “As much as I loved animals, I realised through my study that science and maths were a real strength for me, so I ended up leaning heavily into those subjects rather than agriculture,” Jack reflected. “Going into University, I had no clear expectation of where I would end up, [...]

2024-02-07T11:00:23+10:30February 7th, 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: , , , |

Finding a place in Australia’s centre for space

Allan Dias was born in Brazil and, after his father received a job offer, he found himself moving to China during high school. With a fascination for flight and a knock-back from the Brazilian Air Force, Allan had to really consider his future career path. “I was looking for an opportunity to explore my passion for flying while also being able to interact with other international students,” said Allan. “Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics was just that place.” Studying [...]

2023-11-14T14:59:54+10:30November 14th, 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 [...]