Ali Bulbul is graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from ANU this July, and will be part of the new generation of engineers passionate about humanitarianism, sustainability and diversity.
Ali says that he wants to use the skills and experience he has learnt to contribute to the community.
"As an ANU graduate, I feel I will be better able to contribute back to the communities around me - in particular investing more time and effort in promoting equal access to quality STEM education in school classrooms."
He believes that a more collaborative approach to engineering will help humans solve some of the world's wicked problems.
"Interdisciplinary team problem solving is the future and I believe engineers have the potential to be at the heart of this," Ali says. "The world is so open now and the ability to travel around the world to learn new skills, exchange ideas and meet like-minded people really excites me!"
Ali will go on to tutor a second year engineering course (ENGN2226) at ANU next semester, while also undertaking an engineering internship at Icon Water. Beyond that, Ali plans to return home to New Zealand to, "contribute back to my community using the knowledge and experience I have accrued throughout my studies".
During his time at university, Ali co-founded Youth Leading in STEM (YLS), a student organisation that focuses on improving educational accessibility to rural, regional and low socio-economic students in ACT and NSW. YLS coordinates an annual camp and mentorship program that provides students the opportunity to participate in workshops and activities that promote interest in selecting STEM as an education pathway.
"I have now been a part of 3 YLS teams and am extremely proud of the growth and success it has achieved in a short space of time! I am confident it will only continue to soar to greater heights," he says.
Ali feels that the experience he had from his time at ANU will help him greatly in his future career and endeavours.
"I feel a great sense of pride graduating from Australia's top ranked university. The opportunity to study here meant that I was able to explore a range of social and academic interests. At ANU I had space to learn from my mistakes to better understand my abilities and help map out my career goals."