South Perth woman up for award
SOUTH Perth resident Dr Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios is a finalist in the 2018 WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources Awards.
Dr Ioppolo-Armanios was nominated for the outstanding woman in resources category after leading two successful breakthrough projects in air and water quality for Alcoa.
Raised in a traditional, first-generation immigrant family, Dr Ioppolo-Armanios’ expectations for herself were markedly different to those of her family, who thought she would be a hairdresser.
She said the turning point to following her passion for science was after receiving encouragement from a couple of high school teachers.
“I remember I said to (my teachers) maybe I could be a lab assistant one day and them saying to me, ‘No, you are not going to be the lab assistant – you are going to be the scientist in the lab and you are going to do something amazing’,” Dr Ioppolo-Armanios said.
Today, Dr Ioppolo-Armanios manages Alcoa’s Alumina Centre of Excellence environmental technology program.
She also leads the Alcoa Women’s Network in Kwinana and said she took her position as a role model very seriously, to continue to break down barriers and wave the flag of opportunity for women in the industry.
“I would like to see the world of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) move more toward the norm being that women are in the area because of their ability and merit; because they are talented and love doing the job, rather than it feeling like we have to constantly challenge stereotypes and the status quo,” she said.
Alcoa’s frontline talent development initiative at Huntly Mine has been nominated as a finalist for the outstanding company initiative award.
Winners will be announced on March 9.
Dr Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios has led two breakthrough projects for Alcoa.