Courtney’s story

Courtney pictured in Canada where she traveled as part of her fellowship. She also went to the USA and New Zealand Courtney Ryder came to the first IAESS in 1998. Listing all of her inspiring achievements would require much more space than we have available. As a 15 year old Nunga kid from Southern South…

Jemila’s story

IAES 2011  Environmental Engineer The impact of change takes only one step, and as an Alumni of such an amazing program words fail me when it comes to the ongoing and continual support of the mentors, whose commitment and dedication to each and everyone of the participants to strive to achieve the very vision of Jeff Dobell -…

Ross’s story

Engineering Aid Australia Alumni & Mentor for Indigenous Careers in Engineering Oct 2012 – Present As a senior Indigenous professional and alumni of the EAA Summer School, I cannot recommend the program highly enough. Aspiring students will derive immense value from attending the program for years to come, as I have. Each year I am…

Fletcher’s story

As you are likely aware, I participated in the IAES back in 2012 at the age of 16 before commencing my senior years at high school. At the time, I held strong interests in construction and building but had no idea how I could translate that into a successful career. The concept of “engineering” was…

Levi’s story

IAES greatly influenced my decision in choosing engineering as it provided a way to see into the workforce and what everyday life may be like as an engineer. It offered me information to any questions I may have had regarding a career in engineering and provided knowledge on the different streams that I could choose…

Leon’s story

100 Days of Deadly Mob Leon Oriti, Bardi and Karrajari on my mother’s side I was raised my whole life in Perth. My Aboriginality comes from my mother who is from the Kimberley region. Unfortunately she passed away 2 years after I was born, though left me with a gigantic extended family who share their…

Ezra’s story

100 Days of Deadly Mob 22 November 2016 · Ezra Jacobs-Smith, Whadjuk, Yued and BallardongNyoongar, English and Irish “I studied mining engineering for three years and learnt a lot about the mining, and oil & gas industries in that time – particularly how dependent we have become on them. The benefits of mining, our homes, cars,…

Jack’s story

Summary – IAES Communities session presentation, January 2020 Jacks Story by Jack Coppins – Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer, Aurecon &Former IAES Student (2015) My engineering pathway began when my teacher asked me what kind of job I wanted to pursue after school. I didn’t really have a dream job or any real idea of what I…

Cate’s story

Cate Hollingsworth My name is Cate Hollingsworth and I’m an Indigenous woman from Perth, I attended the IAES camp in 2016. My desire to attend the camp is probably like most year 9 students, not excited or overly happy to be giving up a weeks worth of my time to but forced by a teacher who actually knows…

Lucas’s story

I was privileged enough to be one of the grade 11 or 12 students invited to attend the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) at the University of Sydney during January 2016. This summer school played a big part in my goals for study for the remainder of high school and university, whilst providing me…