On Friday, 18 November, the Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic MP, announced the 60 diverse and brilliant scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who have been selected as the new cohort to join the Superstars of STEM - a program run by Science & Technology Australia designed to help inspire the next generations of diverse young Australians into STEM.
Energetics was thrilled to learn the news that Megan Born, our Analytics Lead was chosen for this prestigious and high profile program.
Megan recently celebrated 10 years with Energetics. She is an outstanding consultant who has worked with some of our biggest clients, and is known for her ability to turn complex datasets into actionable insights, conduct sophisticated scenario analysis and develop geospatial models for physical risk assessment. She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Science (Discrete Mathematics), a Master of Data Science and is currently undertaking her PhD.
She was born to be Superstar of STEM!
Megan is committed to encouraging others to pursue a career in STEM. As she said in her application, “I have been embodying “if you cannot see it, you cannot be it” and so I take on as many speaking opportunities as I can, particularly when I know the audience is likely to be less diverse than the average population (e.g. when speaking to the mining sector)”.
Created by Science & Technology Australia in 2017, Superstars of STEM aims to address the gender inequity of role models featured in the media as experts in STEM. Megan will be equipped with the training, confidence, networks, and experience to become a sought-after commentator and given opportunities in the media, at industry events and in schools to talk about STEM study and careers. The new cohort of Superstars will join in 2023 and 2024.
Minister Husic congratulated the newest Superstars of STEM on stepping into the public arena to help inspire the next generations of diverse young Australians into STEM.
“The need to boost diversity in our science, technology, engineering and mathematics sector is urgent,” he said.
"There are huge skills shortages that can be addressed if we put our minds and collective effort to it – which means we have to draw deeply on our nation’s expertise from all corners of the community.”
“I just know these talented experts and communicators will play their part inspiring Australia’s young people – from all backgrounds – into science and technology.”
Energetics’ CEO, Dr Mary Stewart, offered her congratulations. “Megan has forged a career providing insights and advice on two of the biggest topics of our time – climate change and harnessing the power of data science. She has worked closely with emissions intensive business and brought the analytics and data evidence base to help them understand the risks posed by climate change and to identify decarbonisation pathways. Megan’s colleagues and I, across all of our state offices, couldn’t be more proud and happy for her”.
Learn more about Superstars of STEM and the work of Science & Technology Australia.