Grant Maher

Grant Maher

Back in 1998 Grant Maher was one of the first students to attend the inaugural IAESS. As a year 11 student from Cabarita Beach, New South Wales Grant was uncertain about the direction to take after school – except it would be in some area of design within the building industry. He credits the IAESS week at the University of Sydney for giving him insight into engineering and the “huge” range of opportunities it provides.

“It made me strive harder throughout my senior years of high school so I could gain entry to study my first choice, which was a double degree in Structural Engineering and Commerce at the University of Sydney. I completed this degree with Honours in 2004. I have also completed a Masters of Design Science (Sustainable Design). I believe that if I had not attended IAESS, and without the continued guidance and help given by my family and Engineering Aid throughout my university studies, I wouldn’t be doing what I am Today.”

Sixteen years laters, Grant is the Façade Design/Technical Manager for Overall Façade Systems. He is still in touch with the lifelong friends he made at IAESS and returns to inspire other young Indigenous Australians.

James Curran

James Curran was at school in Rockhampton when he heard about Engineering Aid Australia’s Summer School. Up until then he hadn’t thought much about engineering or engineers but he said the summer school at Newcastle Uni “seemed like an opportunity to go to a different place and see something different”. James went to EAA’s summer… Continue Reading

Neika Chatfield

Attending the IAESS in 2014 really has been what inspired me to do engineering. Before attending this program I was unsure of what exactly it was that I wanted to do, let alone study when I leave school. Meeting so many different people within the engineering and science industry from all different fields and companies,… Continue Reading

Isaiah Turner

Attending the 2015 Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School at Sydney University provided the passion and determination to succeed in Year 12. I have known for a few years that I wanted to be an engineer as Mathematics and Science are my preferred subjects. The Summer School confirmed my career selection and helped me narrow the… Continue Reading

Benson McClelland

I feel that the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School is the reason I wanted to study engineering. Before attending IAESS all I focused on was school, but not really knowing what to do afterwards. I knew I wanted to go to Uni, but I really didn’t have an idea about what to do. But IAESS… Continue Reading

Aidan Train

I attended the IAESS in 2014 as a year 11 student and it was a fantastic opportunity that provided me with some invaluable experiences. During the program, we met industry professionals from firms such as QANTAS and John Holland. We were given one on one time with students who completed, or were in the process… Continue Reading

Harry Sabatino

Harry’s interest in engineering during high school was cemented last year after he took part in the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) in Sydney, followed by work experience with IAESS sponsor Parons Brinckerhoff. “We did every field of engineering so it gave me a good overview of what I could expect” he said. Harry… Continue Reading

Todd Rowling

In year 10, I put in an application for IAESS and was selected. By the end of the program, I had decided engineering was the career for me. It motivated me to study hard for my higher school certificate. Just a few years on and I’m working as an Electrical Engineer in the NSW power… Continue Reading