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.
“[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.”
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.