Veris Women In Engineering Scholarship Recipient Announced
As part of our commitment to diversity in our industry, and to supporting students to become professionals, Veris created the Women In Engineering scholarship in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, in 2017. The $10,000 p.a. scholarship is to encourage a female high school leavers to undertake a degree in Surveying and/or Geospatial Engineering.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the scholarship - Kristi Plavsic.
Kristi is currently in her first year, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Surveying Engineering. She is an avid and active member of the Engineering Society and the Women in Engineering Society and Development Program at UNSW. The program aims to support all women in engineering fields at UNSW as well as future students.
Graduating from Meriden School, Strathfield in 2017, Kristi was House Captain, Sport Captain, Team Captain, and completed a Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award during her final years at school. At Meriden, Kirsti ranked first in both Engineering Studies and Design and Technology, in which she developed sustainable disaster relief housing for a community in Haiti.
Kristi was a part of the first cohort offered Engineering Studies as an elective for the HSC and she explains,
“There is no doubt in my mind that it was through this subject that my interest and passion for Engineering was ignited. Through a subject combination of Extension Mathematics, Engineering Studies and Physics, my interest in engineering and the problem solving involved in this steadily evolved.”
Aside from Engineering, Kristi enjoys Athletics and Soccer, and she intends to develop these passions while maintaining her studies. She finds relief from stressful studies in nature, surrounded by ocean or bushland and she and her family often go camping, skiing and surfing.
“A career in Engineering allows me to connect with people and problems in a manner that I could never have imagined. I really look forward to the places that this degree and career can take me.”
Kristi was selected by a panel consisting of the Manager of UNSW Scholarships, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Veris Senior Survey Manager Mitchell Ayres, based on selection criteria including: personal qualities, academic merit, aptitude and commitment to a career in engineering and a commitment to undertaking work experience with Veris.
Veris would like to congratulate Kristi on being awarded the Veris Women In Engineering scholarship for 2018 and we look forward to following her progress through her degree and to working with her in the future.