Chem­i­cal engi­neer’s three awards

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KATIE Mar­shall of Man­durah is proof that women can suc­ceed in male-dom­i­nated fields.

The 22-year-old chem­i­cal engi­neer has dom­i­nated Curtin Univer­sity’s fourth-year engi­neer­ing prizes, tak­ing out three awards in­clud­ing top stu­dent and most in­no­va­tive re­search project. She has just also landed a Grad­u­ate Chem­i­cal Engi­neer role at Al­coa’s Wagerup Re­fin­ery.

Katie is no stranger to Al­coa. As a high school grad­u­ate, she won Al­coa’s Bev Cor­less Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship which helped fund her engi­neer­ing stud­ies.

Her in­ter­est was fur­ther sparked dur­ing a tour of the com­pany’s baux­ite min­ing and alu­mina re­fin­ing op­er­a­tions in WA dur­ing her third year at univer­sity.

She also worked with floc­cu­la­tion ex­pert An­drew Owen at Al­coa’s Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Kwinana to com­plete her fi­nal year re­search project which was awarded most in­no­va­tive re­search project for Curtin’s Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing De­part­ment.

“Engi­neer­ing is very cre­ative as it gives you the chance to think out­side the box and come up with so­lu­tions that don’t yet ex­ist,’’ she said.

“You can also re­search and dis­cover brand new ideas or pur­sue ideas fur­ther.

“I chose chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing be­cause I re­ally liked work­ing with pro­cesses.”

She en­cour­aged other fe­males to con­sider a ca­reer in tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated fields in­clud­ing the re­sources sec­tor.

Katie Mar­shall at home in hi-vis gear at the Wagerup Re­fin­ery.

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