Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

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.

Meet our Alumni Ambassadors

Candice Lam

Candice Lam (Chair)

Candice holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) and Commerce (Accounting) and has strong international experience in testing, commissioning, maintaining and modifying new and existing control systems. Since 2007 Candice has successfully become highly adept at troubleshooting and analysing control system discrepancies in the mining, oil and gas industries.

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She is consistently recognised for ensuring systems and processes operate effectively, efficiently and safely. Her ability to gain new perspective and insight into customer challenges and communicate solutions combined with excellent project management and organisational skills allows Candice to bring technology and engineering together to create transformational learning experiences. She is passionate about emerging technology and processes in enabling performance improvements and cost savings. Candice takes initiative to drive change and an active ambassador for continual improvement.

Mushfiq Rahman

Mushfiq Rahman (Deputy Chair)

Mushfiq holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and has worked across multiple industries including power transmission and generation, oil & gas, mining and civil infrastructure in both technical and leadership roles. Mushfiq currently leads over 650 people across the Australian region as General Manager for ALS Industrial who provide integrity and reliability engineering and technical services.

Mushfiq has a passion for promoting diversity and flexibility in the workplace along with mentoring future engineering and business students.

Kate Heliotis

Kate Heliotis

Kate graduated from The University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons). After several years working as an administrator in the design and construction industry, Kate was inspired and motivated to become technically skilled and saw an opportunity to contribute to shaping the world around her through further education and a passion for diversity.

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Benefiting immensely from those who encouraged and supported her decision to study and work in a technical capacity within the design field, Kate recognises the value in connecting with youth, in particularly young women, to help them realise their potential outside of societal and even personally oriented stigmas. Driven by the mantra of "paying it forward", Kate aims to change the perception of what it means to be a woman in engineering by sharing what is possible when you overcome adversity.

As a student, Kate was the Vice President and Project Manager for Power of Engineering, running several events held in regional Queensland which connected high school students with industry while showcasing various disciplines of engineering with keynote speakers and specially designed workshops. Furthermore, Kate has regularly volunteered with STEM and diversity based programs ranging from F1 in Schools to International Women’s Day.

The opportunity to attend UQ has seen her involved across all aspects of the University, from the sporting arena where she played AFL, to volunteering in cultural immersion programs and diversity inclusion such as the Women in Engineering Student Leader program. She is incredibly proud to be a part of the UQ community, and joins the Women in Engineering Alumni committee as the Hawken Memorial Scholar and Kenneth A. Thiess prize winner for the 2016 graduating class.

Samantha Kerr

Samantha Kerr

Samantha Kerr graduated from UQ in 2001 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons). Since graduation, Samantha has been lucky enough to work across three different industries including telecommunications, rail and most recently power. Samantha currently manages innovative projects surrounding substation automation systems to enable the power network of the future in the Engineering Standards and Grid Modernisation team at Energex, which is a part of the Energy Queensland Group. Samantha is a social leader within the industry and strongly advocates for flexibility and diversity within the engineering sector.

Steven Humphries

Steven Humphries

Steven Humphries is a 2002 graduate of the University of Queensland with bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and has held various positions in very different industries (from designing aircraft black boxes, improving quality and performance within manufacturing plants, design/construction of the electrical and power systems for infrastructure projects, to distribution of power and demand management). Steven has a great deal of experience in managing and operating the largest demand management portfolio in Australia within Energex.

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He also has been involved in developing new appliance standards AS/NZS 4755. Steven has recently been highlighted as one of Australia’s most innovating engineer for his management of these new smart appliance loads connected on a distribution network in Australia. Today, Steven works part-time for Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in a new role within the Market Enhancement team as a Demand Response Specialist. In October 2017 saw Steven become the first male member of the Women Engineering Alumni Council pathing the way for greater inclusion for which the council was charted to create.

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Graduating from UQ in 1997 with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Richard is currently an Executive Director at Aurecon. He is responsible for the management of multi-discipline projects and has experience in the design, documentation and construction management. Richard is also the Brisbane’s Built Environment Electrical Lead and technical service line leader for Australia and New Zealand.

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Starting as an electrical apprentice working for BHP and studying an associate diploma part time Richard went on to complete his engineering degree at UQ. Since graduating, Richard’s career has allowed him to work on a variety of major projects across Australia in various sectors such as defence, health, sports, commercial and education. Richard was also fortunate enough to live and work in New Zealand and the United Kingdom returning to Brisbane in 2008.

Richard is passionate about the use of emerging technologies in construction and how diversity and creativity in design can bring a human centric approach to engineering solutions.

Trang Pham

Trang Pham

Trang graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) in 2014 and is currently a civil engineer at Aurecon within the Brisbane Built Environment team. In her work, she has a strong passion to drive innovation and sustainability in all aspects of a project and is focused on providing human-centred design. Prior to joining Aurecon, Trang worked at the Department of Transport and Main Roads managing and delivering an integrated transport infrastructure within the Metropolitan Region.

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A passionate advocate of the STEM professions, Trang aspires to create an inclusive community where young engineers can feel connected to industry and to their peers in order to empower and foster growth in their careers. She is actively involved with Engineers Australia and is currently the Chair of Young Engineers Australia (Queensland) and Secretary of Women in Engineering (Queensland). In addition to her volunteer role at Engineers Australia, Trang is also a member of the UQ Young Alumni Advisory Board and sits on the Student Employability and Engagement Steering Group (SEESG).

Trang Pham

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross has Chemical Engineering and Mathematics degrees from the University of Queensland. She's currently working as an Operational Readiness Specialist at Hatch, and has prior experience working at in CSG and LNG at Santos. Gaining experience in planning and executing Operational Readiness across brown and greenfield projects, Jennifer is currently working both in Australia and internationally as part of the Global OR Team. She recently achieved chartered status via iChemE, and will complete her MBA in February 2019.

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Jennifer enjoys volunteering, having recently served as Treasurer for the Rotaract Australia board, Advocacy Chair for Zonta Gladstone, and is a long-term Companion at Camp Quality.

Previous ambassadors

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