Jemila Dar

My family originate from Mackay in North Queensland. I participated in the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) in 2011 and this inspired me to pursue my goal of becoming an environmental engineer.

With the support and guidance of Engineering Aid Australia (EAA), I was able to advance my professional career by gaining industry experience with various companies associated with this not-for-profit organisation, including WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, Energy Developments, Arrow Energy, Arup and GHD.

During the course of my studies, I was awarded funding in the form of a Supporting Women Scholarship from the Queensland Government, as well as an Arrow Energy Scholarship. Because of this, I was able to attend various events – NAIDOC 2014 in Brisbane, the Yalari foundation and a Radio interview with Jamie Dunn on 4AAA (98.9fm Brisbane) – to share my experiences as a female Indigenous student studying engineering.

This year, in order to inspire and empower others to pursue their careers and achieve their aspirations, I featured as a speaker at the Black Bold and Beautiful Indigenous Women’s Luncheon in Brisbane. There I networked with Indigenous women and young people in various industries.

In addition, I completed my final year thesis with Arup creating a Disaster Waste Management Preparedness Guideline for Vanuatu in response to Cyclone Pam. I also accepted a graduate offer in GHD’s contamination, remediation and assessment team.