Current Position: Lecturer in mechanical and mechatronic engineering at the University of Sydney.
Formal Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering. Master of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
What was your first job? Engineering trainee at a project management company.
How much was in your first pay packet? I don't remember exactly - probably about $200.
Job description? I have two main functions: teaching courses in engineering to undergraduate students and researching biomechanics. I work on a variety of projects associated with brain and spinal injury.
I also supervise postgraduate students, as well as carrying out various administrative duties.
Your strengths? Enthusiasm, my analytical mind and the knowledge that women can do anything! The profession is trying to attract more women to study engineering.
Your weaknesses? I am very bad at saying no to interesting projects.
The best part of the job? Interacting with the postgraduate students - I really enjoy the research side of the job. [It] involves collaborating with a lot of different people - car companies, hospital staff and people at the crash lab at the Roads and Traffic Authority.
The worst part of your job? The paperwork and administration ... Committee meetings are my pet hate.
Your greatest mentor? Professor Roger Tanner, who was my undergraduate supervisor and who is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at Sydney University.
Your work motto? My father drummed it into me when I was a child - "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well".
What job do you covet most? My job, without the administration responsibilities, or heading up a research lab where I would have the freedom to research and carry out experiments full-time.
Compiled by Sara Conde