Inspiring women at ANU

Inspiring women at ANU
Friday 15 March 2013

Three women from the College of Engineering and Computer Science have been featured in the recently launched publication, ANU Inspiring Women.

The College congratulates Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole, Professor Sylvie Thiebaux and former Marketing Manager, Heather McEwen, who are acknowledged in the publication.

The project was initiated by Professor Veronica Taylor, Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, and funded by the ANU Gender Institute. It acknowledges women who have been inspirational in developing and sustaining our institutional culture and reputation, and support the aims of the Gender Institute.

ANU Inspiring Women features 24 profiles from across the University, from ARC Laureates to staff at University House, all nominated by their peers.

The publication was launched today at the second anniversary of the ANU Gender Institute.

» read more about ANU Inspiring Women and the Gender Institute.


Associate Professor Kylie Catchpole

In 2010, Dr Kylie Catchpole’s work on nanophotonic light trapping was listed as one of MIT Technology Review’s ‘10 most important emerging technologies’. In 2011 she was an episode winner on ABC television’s New Inventors. Her work has been featured in the news sections of Science magazine and The Economist, and she has published over 60 papers which have been cited over 1000 times to date.

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Professor Sylvie Thiebaux

Sylvie became an ANU professor in 2010. “What helped me to achieve this was a combination of passion, hard work, obstinacy, family understanding and very importantly, a high performing and motivating environment at ANU and NICTA in my area which provided me with support and opportunities.”

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Heather McEwen

Heather McEwen’s first experience of inequity and the possibilities of change was in the potato fields of Norfolk, England, when she challenged a farmer’s pay scales.

As an adult in a succession of advocacy roles - in consumer affairs, for people living with HIV/AIDS and for international agricultural research - Heather has always been a bit of a “champion of the underdog”. She credits her parents and her upbringing for this attitude.

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