Women in Engineering alumni council

Building on the success of the UQ Women in Engineering program, and delivering on our promise to become the leading University of Choice for women in engineering in Australia, our ‘Women in Engineering' Alumni Ambassadors are working in partnership with UQ to develop activities that engage their fellow alumni and foster a sense of UQ community and support amongst engineering graduates (male and female).

Our Alumni Ambassadors will deliver and host a range of social and structured non-exclusive quarterly Brisbane-based events focused on issues of interest and importance for women in the engineering industry.

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Meet our alumni ambassadors

Loren Ager (Chair)

Loren Ager

Loren holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing, Hospitality Management and Tourism) and started her career as an engineering in the Queensland coal mining industry.  Through experience gained in contracting and consulting Loren has successfully lead teams, developed training and leadership programs and built a strong professional network.  She is an active member of the resources industry volunteering her time with AusIMM and a number of mentor programs.

Loren is currently works for Rio Tinto as a Surface Mining Principal Advisor and is helping drive technology and capability uplift required for the future of mining.  She believes in giving back to industry through the sharing of ideas and solutions so that we can build a diverse and comprehensive knowledge bank.

David Arnold (Deputy Chair)

Kylie DavisDavid graduated from UQ in 1996 as a manufacturing and materials engineer and spent the first part of his career working as a consultant materials engineer, specialising in failure analysis, both in private industry and with UQ's consulting arm, Uniquest.

This technical work provided the opportunity to consult throughout Australia across almost all major industries, including for major clients in oil and gas, mining, power and water, together with government institutions, before he transitioned into management and commercial roles.

David is currently the business support for global testing company ALS' Asset Care stream, responsible for QA, HSE, HR, L&D, Technical governance and commercial functions. He brings a passion for seeing engineering understood as a rewarding career path for all to consider.

Charlotte Nash-Stewart

Charlotte Nash-StewartCharlotte Nash-Stewart graduated with a Mechanical and Space Engineering degree from UQ in 2000, and went on to gain an MBBS. Since then, she has worked as a research engineer for CSIRO, as an accident investigator and expert witness, and a specialist technical writer across heavy industry.

She is drawn to cross-disciplinary research and creative innovation, and earned a PhD in 2020 on using the neuroscience of reading to improve engagement with STEM content in fiction. She is currently a mechanical engineer ar FIELD Engineers.

Dr Kym Baker

Kym BakerDr Kym Baker is the General Manager of Patheon Biologics, by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Kym is a UQ Honours graduate with a PhD from the Australian National University. She has 30 years experience in the biomanufacturing field working with industry partners, and for the last 20 years she's been working in contract manufacturing management positions in Lonza and Patheon.

Kym leads Patheon's advanced award-winning biologics manufacturing facility. Kym is passionate about ensuring Australia and the Asia-Pacific remain strategically competitive in biotechnology, and developing young scientists and engineers of today lead this exciting future, tomorrow.

Jessica Hanh

Jessica Hanh

Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2022. During her undergraduate studies, she gained experience working in large consultancies and completed her final-year thesis with CSIRO on the topic of six-legged robots.  She was an executive member of the non-for-profit UQ Engineers Without Borders and inspired many students at schools near Brisbane and rural Cairns areas; she is currently investigating ways to continue this humanitarian engineering work in the future.

Jessica is passionate about sustainability and intends to create a positive impact in her new role as a Graduate Engineer in the electrical team at Aurecon.

Phillip Saal

Jessica Hanh

Phillip is an Associate in the Aurecon Buildings team in Queensland, with a background in building services and electrical engineering. Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Aerospace) from the University of Queensland in 2010, Phillip has since gained experience leading multi-disciplinary teams across various types of workplace, commercial, industrial, education and infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. With experience in design and technical advisory, Phillip particularly enjoys partnering with clients to define technical problems and collaborating to develop well-rounded solutions.  
Phillip believes engineers have a broad role to play in society. He is passionate about supporting all forms of diversity in the engineering industry and brings experience to the Council having sat on several industry committees. He believes strongly in driving systemic change from the ground up for the benefit of the profession.

Zoe Little

Zoe Little is a Sustainment Program Manager at L3Harris and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland.
Through her experience gained as an electrical, RF, HF and systems engineer, she now manages multi-disciplinary teams across a portfolio of engineering and technology contracts spanning a variety of project stages.  

Zoe is an avid volunteer, undertaking leadership roles in numerous not-for-profit organisations as a result of her continued passion for creating community and culture, and promoting personal and professional development. She takes great pride in contributing to the UQ Women in Engineering program, recognising that without this inspirational and transformative experience, she wouldn’t have pursued engineering in the first place nor been privileged to the multitude of opportunities this field represents. 

Previous ambassadors

Richard Murphy
Bachelor of Electrical an Electronic Engineering 1997

Karen Zhou
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) 2019

Kylie Davis
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) 2012 

Jennifer Ross
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Mathematics 2012

Candice Lam
Bachelor of Engineering (Computing) and Bachelor of Commerce 2006

Mushfiq Rahman
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration

Trang Pham
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) 2014

Bianca Goebel
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 2011

Fran Curran
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) 2014

Phoebe Lindenberg
Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) 2010

Jo Kirby
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 2004

Julijana Bors
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) 2012

Erin Hughes
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 2012

Janet Outhwaite
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 2011

Samantha Kerr
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) 2001

Steven Humphries
Bachelor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 2002

Kate Heliotis
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) 2016

 Sam Cridland
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Master of Engineering,
Chemical and Biological Engineering 2018