Anything is Possible

Where could a career in engineering take you?

Engineers Australia in consultation with Re-Engineering Australia (REA) Foundation, is providing an opportunity for high school students to meet some of Australia’s Engineering role models and find out why engineering is the career of the future.

Students in Years 8 to 10 will meet engineers who have made their mark in the competitive environments of F1 and who have integrated autonomous robots at Tesla’s Gigafactory. They will also have access to young engineers who are starting their journey to change the world – encouraging students to understand what role they can play in engineering Australia’s future.

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Meredith Westafer

Meredith manages the factory design and site layout of the company's Gigafactory in Nevada, which produces the integral lithium-ion batteries and electric drive units that run Tesla vehicles.

Meredith developed the models that determined the factory’s space requirements and how materials flow within the factory. She designed an automated material delivery system that uses a fleet of autonomous mobile robots to deliver goods to and from the production line.

Meredith has been with Tesla for over four years and was previously with Owens Corning, where she worked in material flow design, developing inventory models, and as a hands-on process engineer on production lines.

Her work at Tesla focuses on material flow & factory design for new products, processes, and future sites.

Meredith Westafer
Senior Industrial Engineer Tesla Motors

Richard Hopkins

Richard Hopkins is former Head of Operations for the 4-time consecutive World Championship winning Red Bull Formula One

Richard really did turn what was a boyhood dream into reality when at 16 years old he stopped just watching races as a fan and became hugely involved in them.

By the end of the 2015 Richard had been involved in 509 Grand Prix’ spanning 28 seasons and had been instrumental in the Red
Bull Formula One Teams 50 Grand Prix victories and now 169 trophies that sit in a much larger cabinet.

At the end of 2015 Richard moved from the UK to Sydney with his Australian wife and daughter looking for the next chapter in his career.

Now Richard runs his own High Performance consultancy which works on maximising teams and the humans that work within them. #Team 2.0.

He is also a Professor of Practice at UNSW Sydney where he runs UNSW Future Vehicle which is a hub for Student Projects such as Sunswift the hugely successful solar car team.

Richard Hopkins
Professor of Practice University NSW.
Previously Head of Operations Red Bull Formula One Team and took Red Bull to three consecutive F1

Jillian Kilby

Jillian Kilby is an Australian Sir John Monash Scholar who believes “that education is given to benefit many to make Australia great” (Monash). She holds Civil Engineering degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University.
Jillian approaches life optimistically with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble NSW, and an altruistic passion for driving change.

Jillian is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA and is able to cross-pollinate learnings from her diverse set of international work assignments. Since starting her consulting firm “The Infrastructure Collaborative” a decade ago, she has chosen to serve the infrastructure needs of our regional Local Councils - calling over 70 of them clients. In the USA, Jillian has worked on the California High Speed Rail, the LA Metro and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Transportation Policy Advisory Team. The Infrastructure Collaborative is focused on shifting infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready and has developed inhouse software to this effect.

She was the 2010 Young Professional Engineer of the Year, the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner, has previously served as Chairman of the Civil and Structural Panel of Engineers Australia.

Jillian is currently a non-executive Director of Jobs for NSW, an Industry Advisor for the new engineering degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, and an Advisor to the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

Jillian Kilby
Jobs for NSW
NSW Government

Hamzah Brown

Hamzah Brown graduated from Monash University in mechanical engineering and recently returned from a year’s internship with Airbus commercial aircraft in Europe, with the systems integration and flight test team.

Inspired by all things that move from an early age Hamzah competed in Formula One in Schools competition, where he led engineering as part of an Australian-representative team in the world's largest school STEM competition, winning awards for engineering, innovation and collaboration. Since then, he has discovered a passion for STEM mentorship and engagement and has guided the launch of various initiatives in schools around Victoria.

Hamzah Brown
Final year engineering student at Monash University.
Has gone from F1 in Schools to a cadetship at AIRBUS in the UK.

Michelle Norton

Michelle completed her secondary school studies at Brighton Secondary School in South Australia. During her time there she competed in F1 in Schools, a world-wide STEM competition, as part of the team Cold Fusion, becoming a World Champions in 2012.

After completing secondary school studies Michelle was awarded a the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy. During her studies she undertook a research internship at the Indonesian Institute of Science as part of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Michelle also undertook two work placements with in the CASG Submarine Group.

On the completion of her bachelor degree in 2018 Michelle started at Thales Australia as a Graduate Engineer in Ship Repair Services. During her time as a graduate she worked on the maintenance and mid-life upgrade projects for the Captain Cook Dry Dock. Michelle also worked on ship service life extension projects, including SEA1179.

In May 2019 Michelle was promoted to the role of Mechanical Engineer in the Engineering Services team. In this team Michelle has worked on physical configuration audits across the DDGs as well as legislative requirements on HMAS Choules. In her new role Michelle still works on the Dry Dock upgrade projects, particularly on valve replacement.

Michelle Norton
F1 in Schools World champion,
now a Mechanical Engineer at Thales Australia.

Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith competed in the F1inSchools Technology Challenge from 2007 through 2009, where he and his high-school team-mates took on the world and collected awards for Best Engineered Car and Fastest Car at the 2008 Singapore and 2009 London International Finals. Fast forward 10 years, and Alistair is now serving the Department of Defence as the lead Naval Architect within the project team acquiring Australia’s future fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Alistair Smith
From coming second twice in F1 in Schools World Final,
Alistair has become the Naval Architect on DOD Patrol Boat Project.

Students will discover how:

  • Red Bull engineered four F1 World Championships.
  • A desire to understand and manage complex environments led to one students’ career in the Defence Industry.
  • One student engineered a career at Airbus before finishing university.
  • Studying STEM at school led to one student becoming a naval architect for one of Australia’s largest naval.
  • Tesla is at the forefront of applying the application of digital technology.

This exciting and inspirational program forms part of WEC, and will be held on Friday 22 November 2019, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. There are no registration costs involved for students to attend this event.

To register your school or if you have any questions, please contact Kimberly White, WEC Program Manager at
[email protected] or on 03 9321 1702.

Numbers are limited, so please provide an expression of interest and/or student numbers by Friday 8th November.

STEM Partners

Engineers Australia

600 Bourke Street,
Level 31, Melbourne 3000

Ph: +61 3 9321 1790
E: [email protected]