INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION
Arecent Brisbane visit by astrobiologist and co-leader of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission Dr Abigail Allwood enabled her to conduct a hands-on STEM workshop at QUT for students from Somerville House, where she did her schooling. As the first female and first Australian principal investigator to lead any mission to Mars, Dr Allwood was very keen to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Dr Allwood graduated from QUT with a first-class honours degree in geoscience and believes the lack of domestic inspiration for young Australians to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers will impact on the number of graduating home-grown scientists, engineers and technologists. Dr Allwood was in Brisbane visiting QUT to accept an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the university’s science and engineering faculty.