How long have you worked at UOW?
I have been at UOW for 12.5 years. The first 7.5 years as a professional staff member and the following 5 years as an academic.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
Currently I am in a faculty wide role focussed on improving engineering education. I teach an engineering multi-disciplinary subject, I work with other subject coordinators to encourage teaching innovations and work on a variety of faculty wide projects and governance roles.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
As with all staff members I help shape people’s lives for the better. What can be more rewarding? I also have senior governance roles with the IEEE and that has allowed me to extend my reach much further than otherwise possible.
What’s the most challenging?
The number of hours in the day. There are so many exciting projects and initiatives to work on and be involved with and allocating resources is always the challenge.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Being recognised with OCTAL awards as both a professional and academic staff member, showcasing everyone can make a positive experience to teaching and learning.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
A number of projects focussed on making our students career ready. Our key at the moment is bedding down our engineering Career Ready portfolio.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Watching the staff members that worked under my guidance (professional and casual teaching staff) receive OCTAL awards.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I enjoy listening to people and bringing to life their ideas.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
I love to travel and have been privileged to have experienced many parts of the world. Each place is a favourite for a different reason. Regardless of where I visit I always look forward to returning home to Wollongong.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
With Europe, North America, Australia-Pacific, Asia and the Middle East ticked off South America and Africa remain.