Strathy Stories

Alumnae in STEM: Jennifer Biggin (’84)

Jennifer Biggin (’84) studied teaching in Mathematics and Computing and after a few years decided to focus on computer science and changed to a Science Degree at The University of Melbourne. Jennifer discusses how Strathcona taught her that she can do anything she puts her mind to and although STEM is a highly male dominated field, it didn’t bother her.

Alumnae in STEM: Dr Monique Fernandez (’13)

Dr Monique Fernandez (’13) graduated in 2021 with a Doctor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne and has since been working as a Doctor at the Austin Hospital. Monique shares her personal experience about being a woman working in the STEM field, where she is still witness to gender stereotypes around the role of a Doctor being a male dominated career path. However, Monique uses this as an opportunity for education and discusses how it is becoming increasingly prevalent to see women in STEM careers and how these old traditions are being challenged.

Alumnae in STEM: Dr Kathleen McInnes (’79)

Dr Kathleen McInnes (’79) leads the Climate Extremes and Projections group in the Climate Science Centre in CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere business unit. Her work deals with how climate change will affect severe weather and coastal extreme sea levels in Australia and the Pacific. Her work assists local government to manage and adapt to climate change. She was a lead author on the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in 2019. She currently serves as a co-chair of the World Climate Research Program Grand Challenge on Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts. Read below for the full interview with Kathleen.

Alumnae in STEM: Dr Lynda Chambers (’85)

Dr Lynda Chambers has a career spanning over 30 years in the science field. She has been involved in developing seasonal rainfall forecast systems for the Bureau of Meteorology, assessed the effectiveness of a cloud seeding project for one of Melbourne’s water catchments with the CSIRO and has completed her PhD in Zoology plus many more exceptional achievements. Lynda shares advice to students interested in a career in a STEM field and some of the challenges women face pursuing work in her industry. Read on to learn more about Lynda’s career.

Owl and the Albatross

Alumni Paris Balla’s (’15)play is part of the VCE Playlist this year. The Owl and the Albatross will be studied across the state. This is only part of Paris’ career in theatre. Paris wants to ensure representation is visible for all. Learn more about their journey so far.

Power of Education

From recording indigenous Australian languages in remote Northern Territory to completing an Masters of Education in France, Elena Mujkic (’08) discovered the essence of teaching and engaging students and has taken her knowledge and passion to make a difference with students with learning differences.  Read about her impressive career to date and and the impact education has had on Elena’s life.

Good Business

Seeking a viable future and harnessing industry innovation is Head of Sustainability at David Jones & Country Road Group, alumna Eloise Bishop (’93). Eloise has adapted and embraced learning throughout her career to have a positive impact on our future world.

Following Happy

Chief of Staff, COO and alumna, Mads Hallett (’14) shares how she follows what makes her happy and how it has led her to work with companies such as Uber and #4 LinkedIn top startup, Mr Yum.

Genomics making a positive difference

“It is an exciting time to work in genomics and I love that our work is making a difference to patients and their families.” says alumnae and Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Caitlin Bennett (’09). Following her passion for working with people and science, Caitlin has found her niche. Read more about her journey.