Renee, 23, has an engineering career working at Qantas, volunteers to help disadvantaged young people and has been nominated for a NSW / ACT Young Achiever Award – Aboriginal Education Council award.
Renee is an Aerospace Engineering graduate who is studying a full-time Graduate Diploma of Aviation at UNSW to fulfil her dream of becoming a pilot. In her current role in Qantas’ Fleet Technical Division, Renee carries out performance analysis of aircraft, which relies heavily on maths.
“It’s a lot of scientific problem solving and the application of numerical methods and statistics,” she says. Renee, a proud Tharawal woman, joined Qantas in 2011 through an Indigenous internship platform called CareerTrackers. In her work, Renee uses algorithms to predict fuel temperatures and calculate aircraft loads to ensure the aircraft is mass balanced.
She’s also involved in the development of in-flight apps and has worked directly with pilots, who need to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Soon Renee will be on the other side of the cockpit and says she’s had the perfect background training. “STEM and maths is very exciting – the skills you learn can be applied to so many different industries.”