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International Women in Engineering Day – Imogen Larcombe

Babcock Australasia celebrates International Women in Engineering Day 2021. Imogen Larcombe is a Graduate Engineer and enjoys the challenge of problem-solving to create tangible results.

I’ve always been a practical person and enjoy problem-solving, so I loved maths and physics at school. I had an inspiring teacher at high school, who encouraged me in specialist maths – I was one of only two girls who studied it.

My degree is in Mechatronics and Computer Science. That’s come in very useful in my work here at Babcock, especially in a project we’re working on for our Defence customer.

I’ve been with Babcock Australasia since the start of 2021 and in that time I’ve enjoyed learning about the industry and customer requirements.

It’s been good to gain the end-user perspective, and see how my work can be applied in real-life situations.

I recently took on the challenge of creating a data analytics tool that integrates multiple data points to produce an easy to use dashboard.

From my own experience, it can be daunting to be in a course with mostly male students, but it helps that the female students support each other. Having a mentor is a great advantage, as they can boost your confidence and be a sounding board for ideas.

My engineering hero is Michelle Simmons, who is a leader in the field of quantum physics and renowned internationally as a pioneer in atomic electronics. Her work inspires me to keep learning as much as I can, and be part of building the future.

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