Meet Shamim Aryampa 

Where there is a will, there is a way 

Since childhood, I always had my mind set on pursuing a career in environmental management. I could see the environmental pollution around me and the deteriorating air and water quality, and I was motivated to be among the people who contribute to solving the environmental issues we face as a society. While pursuing my career, I further developed a passion for sustainability and sustainable development which are critical for a resilient society. I would never have imagined the amount of satisfaction that I would get by following my dreams. I feel like my contribution to research and teaching in civil and environmental engineering makes a significant impact on the curious minds of the next generation. Sharing my knowledge and expertise with students and conducting research that contributes to solving real-world problems leaves me feeling fulfilled. I love my work and I am happy that I followed my dreams despite the numerous challenges that would have made it easier to quit than continue.   

Meet Elissa Price  

Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth.

Taylor Swift

Growing up in a small town on the South Coast of NSW, science felt like a whole world away. Add that to the fact that I avoided any science related subjects at all costs in high school, and it truly was just that, a whole world away. But I was a girl with a goal, and a very supportive network, and that is a powerful combination. I was fortunate enough to enrol and complete a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours 1) (Deans Scholar) at the University of Wollongong in 2021 and venture straight into a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in 2022. Again, with an incredibly supportive network, this time my wonderful PhD supervisors, were the driving force I absolutely needed. I realise this sounds nice and easy, but my journey has not been without challenges, and if you ask me, these are the most rewarding parts of it all. From passing my chemistry bridging course, to running my first code, to interviewing my first research participant, and to presenting at my first conference – the thrill of the achievement is unmatched. My mum has always said “you never know unless you try”, and as one of the most successful women in the world once said, “never be ashamed of trying.” – Taylor Swift. So, give it a go, anything and everything, you might (will) surprise yourself just as I did!