My main occupation is at The University of Queensland where I work for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSISU), where I run a tutoring programme for Queensland high school students; and the School of Maths and Physics, where I run the Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) and coordinate the School’s regional outreach programme. Outside of my work at UQ I run The Science Nation public events series, which tours events around Australia.
After studying astrophysics in my undergraduate and honours degrees, I switched focus and tried to make superconducting plastics for my PhD, which I received from The University of Queensland in 2010. During my time as a student I was very active in science outreach, winning awards and competitions for my science outreach and communication.
I have personally performed science demonstration shows and run maths and science workshops for over ten thousand school students all over Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia. Through my demo shows and workshops I have been able to share my enthusiasm for maths and science with kids in every corner of the state, and was even lucky enough to take liquid nitrogen to the Simpson Desert!
In 2014 I was selected as a Queensland Science Champion by the Queensland Government in recognition for “outstanding achievement in leadership in science communication through delivery of science outreach programs across Queensland.”