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2017 QMEA Student Ambassador Program

From 30 November to 2 December 2016, Sarah Coker and I attended the 2017 QMEA Student Ambassador Program. We visited the University of Queensland’s engineering facilities, CSIRO Centre for Advanced Technologies, Hasting Deering Training Excellence Centre, the Queensland Government’s research and training centre SIMTARS and BHP Biliton’s Integrated Remote Operations Centre. We also enjoyed a night at South Bank with our fellow ambassadors. It was great to meet more like-minded students and continue building a network of friends from across the state, and for me, it was fantastic to see friends from the Mount Isa MINE Camp - which I attended earlier in 2016 - after keeping in regular contact.
We were officially presented with our ambassadorial roles at the QMEA breakfast at the Capri by Fraser Hotel in Brisbane with guest speaker Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby. More than half of this year’s ambassadors are female, so it is fantastic to see that greater gender diversity is being achieved in a male-dominated sector.
I encourage any students who are interested in Science and Mathematics to get involved in the many programs that QMEA will be offering throughout the year.
Felicity Finlayson