In support of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March 2017, Julia Gibney will present, ‘Breaking Down Boundaries and Stereotypes’ at the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia) IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Victorian Section.
Julia Gibney has an Aviation Engineering background, with 23 years in the Defence industry working in various positions, ranging from engineering processes, maintenance, administration, and auditing to technical risk management and personnel training. Julia started in 1994 as an Avionics technician with the Royal Australian Navy, predominantly working on Seahawk Helicopters. In 2008, she commenced engineering studies and completed a Bachelor of Electronic/Communications Engineering in June 2012. In November last year she also completed her Masters in Engineering (Airworthiness) with RMIT University.
Up until recently, Julia has worked predominantly on helicopters and in other engineering positions within Defence. However, in February this year, Julia left Defence to pursue a career with SYSTRA Scott Lister in Melbourne as a Safety Assurance and Human Factors Senior Consultant. She is currently working on a major rail project and is also studying part-time towards a Master of Aviation (Human Factors) at Swinburne University of Technology.
Julia will talk about the steps she has taken in her career path so far to make a difference with known stereotypes of being a single parent, initially not completing high school but moving onto completing a Bachelors and Masters degrees as a mature age student and having little family support.