Discover Engineering Experience
The Virtual Experiences showcase Engineers from different fields highlighting the importance and relevance of Engineering in our society.
Students engage with Engineers and learn about their area of Engineering and their projects through a live Virtual presentation including an interactive Q&A session.
Upcoming dates for 2024
Leidos Australia - Senior Software Integration Lead
Mark is a Senior Software Integration Lead for Leidos Australia. Mark has worked in a wide range of software development areas in Australia and the UK, from ecommerce websites to video billboards and data transformation for the Bureau of Meteorology. Mark spent the majority of his career working on embedded devices and IoT (before it was called that), working on product development or as a consultant for other companies such as Sony, Google, Microsoft as well as government organisations. Mark has been involved in creating video distribution solutions for homes, and also worked on VR Headsets and medical devices.
John Holland - Knowledge Systems Engineer
Sabastian Aurisano is a systems engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) from Swinburne University. He has worked for John Holland since January 2019, having joined as a Graduate. In his time at John Holland, he worked on various projects and undertaken a range of roles, such as Requirements Management on the Metro Tunnel, cost estimating and construction planning on Level Crossing Removal Projects, assessment of road-rail vehicles and design work on rail vehicles.
His current role is Knowledge Systems Engineer. He is a part of creating a knowledge management system at John Holland, to better facilitate the sharing of knowledge and lessons across the business. He has hobbies outside of work: such as walking, boxing, playing video games and computer games and his proudest hobby: volunteering.
Quantum Victoria - Teacher and Virtual Learning Manager
Bio to come
Dr Jiawen Li (biomedical and optical engineering)
University of Adelaide - Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Heart attack occurs when a blood vessel supplying the heart is suddenly blocked due to the rupture of a high-risk plaque. Despite significant advances in cardiology, the accurate diagnosis of high-risk plaques before they become life-threatening remains a challenge. Dr Jiawen Li is addressing this challenge by developing hair-sized 3D-printed imaging devices, providing images of blood vessels with high resolution and molecular insight that is not possible with existing technologies.
Jiawen regularly visits High schools, particularly disadvantaged schools, to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. She has also spoken about her research at Pint of Science and for mainstream media and podcast interviews. She also did presentations for the international society for optics and photonics on “the curious world of optics and photonics” and “Women in Optics’ planner” reaching more than 5000 students and researchers in over 25 countries.
Jiawen was awarded her PhD in 2015 at the University of California, Irvine (USA). She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Adelaide.
Dr Susie Nilsson (biomedical manufacturing)
Monash University - Adjunct Professor
Susie Nilsson received her PhD from Melbourne University before completing post-doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts. On her return to Australia, Susie took up a position at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute where she became a laboratory head in 2002. In 2005 she moved to the Australian Stem Cell Centre prior to being appointed as an ARC Future Fellow and Laboratory Head at CSIRO in 2009. She became a group leader at ARMI, Monash University in 2013 and a CSIRO OCE Science Leader in 2014.
Currently she has an adjunct Professor appointment at Monash University. The specific goal of her laboratory is to understand hemopoiesis and therefore begin to address the changes and their effects in hemopoietic disease. She has focused much of her independent research career establishing models to identify where HSC reside in the BM, the cellular and extracellular components in that microenvironment as well as the mechanisms through which these regulate HSC fate. She is now heavily focused on how we can use these findings to improve human health, particularly in the areas of bone marrow transplant, stem cell mobilisation and haematopoietic disorders such as leukaemia and bone marrow failure.