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.