The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

19 August 2017 1:00pm to 6:00pm


The University of Queensland

Level 3 Foyer

Advanced Engineering Building, UQ St Lucia QLD 4072

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Registrations for this event are now closed

Alumni and friends are warmly invited to the 'Career Transitions' Professional Development Day on Saturday, 19 August 2017 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at the Level 3 Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, UQ St Lucia Campus.

This event is proudly hosted by UQ's Women in Engineering Alumni Network in partnership with QUT's Women in Engineering Alumni Network.

This half-day event will conclude with a cocktail networking reception over drinks and canapés, and is an excellent opportunity to grow your professional networks with fellow engineers from a variety of organisations.


Standard ticket price AUD $55
Group price AUD $275 (includes x5 tickets)
Drinks and canapés are included

Continuing Professional Development

Attendees of this event are eligible for five learning hours of continuing professional development. Please supply a copy of the event invitation and your tax invoice to the relevant accreditation organisation.

Program & guest speakers:

Registration opens at 12:30pm for 1:00pm start

Opening keynote address: Failing Fast

Michael Holmstrom, Non-Executive Director and Co-founder, Groundprobe

In 2003, Michael co-founded GroundProbe, having developed a unique piece of engineering equipment offering mining companies a solution for early detection of rock-fall. This business grew into a global supplier to the mining, construction and civil infrastructure sectors, with offices from Johannesburg to Santiago.

Since divesting his share of GroundProbe, Michael has focused on a niche area of his skill-set, building a profile as a strategic partner and trusted advisor to companies seeking to grow their business, particularly in the digital space.

Panel discussion: Balancing work and caring for others

A panel of industry professionals, hosted by UQ alumnus Phoebe Lindenberg will discuss balancing an engineering career with caring responsibilities, whether that be children and parental responsibilities, and/or caring for aging parents, which many people currently in their 30s or 40s are experiencing as the ‘Sandwich Generation’. 

Panel host: Phoebe Lindenberg, Mining Engineer, BHP Billiton and UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Council Member 

Phoebe is currently a mining engineering in planning and technical with BHP responsible for the delivery of key mine planning strategy solutions.

Phoebe is a mother to three wonderful boys and has successfully managed a diverse and demanding career with the competing demands of a young family. Phoebe is a strong advocate for working mum's, promoting that women can have both a career and family.

Phoebe relocated to Brisbane from a site role in NSW three years ago when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Since starting with BHP Phoebe has been working flexibly to support her family as their needs change day to day.

Presentation: Boards and Senior Leadership

Kathy Hirschfeld, UQ engineering alumna and Non-Executive Director, Energy Queensland, Toxfree Solutions and UN Women Australia

An experienced non-executive director and senior executive, Kathy has a track record of creating value in complex, global manufacturing businesses. An enthusiastic leader with a commitment to developing people and building teams, she has successfully led large organisations in a highly regulated industry to deliver inspired performance.

Workshop: Defining your career success  

Sharna Glover, Manager Coal Technology Partnership, BHP Billiton

Sharna likes to create vision that inspires and aligns teams to deliver on plans. She is a strategic thinker and quickly assimilates ambiguity leading to business resilience. Sharna has worked the gamut of roles spanning the full value-chain in her sixteen years with BHP Billiton.

Her interests lie in the application of innovation and technology to transform, for the better, the way people perform their work in the mining industry. Sharna is an Advisory Board Member for The University of Queensland’s School of Chemical Engineering. Sharna is passionate about the use of micro-finance to provide people in poverty with a hand-up. She has been an Ambassador for Opportunity International for ten years actively fundraising.

Networking over drinks and canapés will commence at the Level 5 Foyer from 4:45pm


Contact the EAIT Alumni & Community Engagement Team