Engineering the passion for a great career
Engineering graduates of the University of Adelaide are making an impact in their field, and also contributing to the community by encouraging younger people to take up the profession.
One such success story is Ms Elena Mavrofridis, who graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1997 with an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering, and is currently employed as a Facilities Engineer with oil and gas company Santos.
She recently received the inaugural 2005 Schools Fellowship in Chemical Engineering Award for 2005, which was established by the university's School of Chemical Engineering in conjunction with the SA Branch of the Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC), and the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia.
As part of her award, Ms Mavrofridis will be visiting schools and talking about her profession in order to promote chemical engineering to secondary school students in Adelaide.
Ms Mavrofridis's journey began during her hectic days studying at the University of Adelaide. Not only was she dedicated towards her studies, but also actively sought out vacation work to gain practical experience in the field of engineering. It is this experience that helped her gain a coveted position at Mobil's Adelaide refinery upon graduation.
"I think the biggest thing I got from university was that I had to continue learning, and learning in a certain way. Chemical engineering made me part of a certain school of thought that is particularly applicable in the work environment," Ms Mavrofridis said.
"I want to encourage school students to take up chemical engineering because it gives you access to a broad range of opportunities and industries. It is truly a diverse career choice."
Ms Mavrofridis also has words of advice for students currently enrolled in a chemical engineering course.
"Instead of becoming jaded with exams and the mechanics of being a student, it is crucial to be proactive; to go out there and see what chemical engineers really do in the industry," she said.
Story by Sukhmani Khorana