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South Australian Philippa Tsirgiotis details her path to a successful career in STEM

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Back in April 2021, Philippa Tsirgiotis was given the best biomedical engineering project award by Adelaide’s Flinders University. Now she has her dream job at Lockheed Martin.

In a recent interview, Philippa shares how her higher education set her on a path to success in STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) as a female.

“[It] started when I was in high school and I had an amazing female physics teacher who really inspired me,” Philippa explained.

Philippa Tsirgiotis (left) and Adam Perryman received Playford Trust Honours Scholarships last year.

READ MORE: STEM student, Philippa Tsirgiotis, wins prestigious scholarship from Adelaide’s Flinders University.

“[There were] female role models at uni as well… Everyone in the teaching teams and everything was always extremely supportive.

“I never felt sort of put down or discriminated against or anything. I felt like Flinders was a really amazing place to be a woman in STEM.”

Philippa at the award ceremony with Senior Lecturer from Flinders University, David Hobbs. Photo: Twitter / David Hobbs.

In her time studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) at the university, Philippa was offered an opportunity to be involved with the development of a medical device known as a shoulder mobiliser.

Later, she was asked to continue working on the project as part of her Master of Engineering (Biomed) and says it was a great opportunity “to have continuity work on something that could have a real-life impact to patients.”

Now, she encourages others to study at the university and get involved in a STEM career.

Source: Flinders University.

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