ANU-UoM Engineering, Computer Science, and IT Postgraduate panel session

About the event

On behalf of Professor Elaine Wong from the University of Melbourne (UoM) and Dr Elizabeth Ratnam from The Australia National University (ANU), you are warmly invited to the inaugural ANU-UoM Engineering, Computer Science and IT Postgraduate Panel Session. The event is jointly hosted by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and the UoM Faculty of Engineering and IT. 

The aim of this annual event is to strengthen the ties between Engineering, Computer Science and IT postgraduate women students at ANU and UoM, create awareness of the research conducted within both institutions, seed informal mentoring networks, and to support your next steps - be it in academia, industry, and through pathways back to academia after time spent in industry. 

Due to changing travel restrictions, the 2021 event will be held online on Tuesday, Feb 2 2021 from 10:00 -11:30am. 


This event is open to all postgraduate students in Engineering, Computer Science and IT who identify as women or non-binary. Places are limited due to Zoom licence restrictions. Please register at your earliest convenience to secure your spot.



The Inaugural Meet-Up in 2021 will focus on providing insights on different career trajectories and some background on opportunities for industry and academic collaborations.

We are honoured to have the following speakers share their stories and journeys.

Associate Professor Catherine Ball (ANU) 

Associate Professor Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director and charity patron working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers. Having been called a ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time and energy on.

Dr Brooke Farrugia (UoM)

Dr Farrugia has a multifaceted research background including biomaterial development and characterisation, wound healing, including in vitro models, molecular biology and glycobiology. Brooke's research interests lie in the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering, through the development and characterisation of biomaterials and analysis of how they interact with various biological environments. Specifically, her research activities and interests lie in the fields of wound healing and tissue regeneration; the molecular mechanisms behind their occurrence, and the development of new therapies.

Dr Prasanga Samarasinghe (ANU)

Dr Prasanga N. Samarasinghe, a Fulbright Future Scholar, is currently Senior Lecturer and Future Engineering Leadership Fellow at ANU. Her research interests are in the areas of spatial audio and acoustic signal processing, and multichannel signal processing. She has had industry experience as a Research Engineer Intern at Dolby Laboratories (2014), and currently has active collaborations with Facebook, Dolby, Sony, and the Australian Department of Defence. She has co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers. She was the Chair of IEEE ACT Section's Signal Processing and Communications Society from 2019-2020. She is a member of the Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2020-present), and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Emeritus Professor Doreen Thomas (UoM)

Professor Thomas’s work has spanned the fields of mathematics and electrical and mechanical engineering over her 40-year career. She has made major contributions to human knowledge, and practical applications of her research have had substantial commercial impact. The first woman in Victoria to head two university departments, Doreen is a powerful advocate for women in engineering and mathematics. She has pioneered and championed gender equity in STEM and is an inspiration for many.

Event moderators

We are also delighted to welcome a number of supporting moderators who will join us for break-out sessions.

  • Dr Cathy Ayres (ANU)
  • Dr Fiona Beck (ANU)
  • Professor Alexandra Zafiroglu (ANU)


Date & time

10–11.30am 2 Feb 2021


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