Girls in STEM

Curtin’s STEM stars in the spotlight

Women in Technology WA (WITWA) filmed some of Curtin’s amazing women in STEM for their new program – Techtrails Online. This initiative is a series of online modules for secondary students designed to give them an opportunity to explore where STEM skills could take them. Be inspired by their stories.


Associate Professor Janet Beilby talks about her eclectic career as a speech pathologist working in the clinical management of stuttering disorders, which she believes gives her validity in her other roles of educator and researcher.

Using VR to improve clinical practice


Professor Gretchen Benedix talks about using really high resolution images to study rocks from space requires access to supercomputing power – a whole bunch of very fast computers that you can throw all kinds of information at and get data back very, very quickly.

Astrogeologist working with big data


Associate Professor Sarita Bennett talks about how she has always wanted to work in agriculture and how she loves both parts of her job – being in the field talking to farmers, and teaching and mentoring the next generation of agricultural scientists.

Agriculture and the future of food


PhD student Morgan Cox talks about how she failed maths and high school and how she thought she’d never get into University but then she found something she was passionate about. She feels like a bit of a detective studying asteroid impacts and their effect on the evolution of the Earth.

Asteroid impact detective


Benjamin Hartig and Renae Sayers talk about that space isn’t for a select few anymore – there are many opportunities. The next generation has been referred to as the space generation where we can have WA students building WA hardware that’s going to be launched into space.

Building WA’s space generation


PhD student Nicole Neville talks about how she uses maths, computer programming, chemistry, physics on a daily basis in her research, and how you need to have all these different elements of STEM fields that you can connect together to get the overall picture.

Cosmochemist and Astrogeologist


PhD student Andrea Rajšić talks about her work mainly focusing on programming for making simulations of impacts that are happening on Mars. She says once you learn programming and the way to think like a programmer you can basically program anything.

Impact Geologist that codes


Dr Eleanor Sansom talks about how planetary science and getting involved in space in general is such a multi-disciplinary subject that you could come at it from so many different directions. So finding the area that you really love and developing those skills is the best approach.

An interesting journey to project management


PhD student Raiza Quintero talks about how she finds geology interesting as it is a bit like storytelling – you can study a rock and all the minerals that make it up, but you don’t get all the information, so you have to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Studying impact craters in Australia


Dr Dimple Quyn talks about how her love of mathematics led to a diverse career in chemical engineering. Her research background varies from carbon capture to biomass gasification to pharmaceutical micronization techniques for drug delivery.

Exploring Chemical Engineering