Sonja is clearly a passionate advocate for engineering and is incredibly generous when it comes to “giving back” to the up-and-coming generation of aspiring engineers. We were very fortunate to have Sonja volunteer her time and expertise at our recent “Speed Talks with an Engineer” event – a partnership between QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty and the non-for-profit organisation Power of Engineering Inc.

As a guest speaker, Sonja’s brief was to participate in several “speed talk” sessions with small cohorts of Year 9 10 female highs school students, discussing her life as an engineer in more depth and creating awareness of the different opportunities that a career in engineering can offer.

And deliver she did. Sonja is a strong, engaging speaker and it was clear that she’d really made the effort to make her content relatable to the target audience, so she could hold their attention and pique their interest (not an easy feat with a room full of teenagers!).

We would be lucky to have her return as a guest speaker at future events.