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Curtin has transformed my life, both professionally, academically and socially

#transformed my life
#WAIT

I am Professor Dr Wilson Chuan Hui Tay. I studied full-time, part-time and worked at WAIT then later Curtin University over a period of more than 15 years. Curtin has transformed my life, both professionally, academically and socially. I was a Malaysian student from 1970 to 72 when I completed my Associateship in Accounting at… read more

Wilson Chuan-Hui Tay
Alumni Bentley campus Past staff

I appreciated the university’s deep and strong values very much

#commerce
#sarawak
#strong values

I joined Curtin Sarawak as an undergraduate commerce student. I appreciated the University’s deep and strong values very much. I could study with many approachable, friendly, passionate, dedicated and qualified lecturers and tutors, and take up leadership opportunities in my personal development and education. Throughout my studies, I have equipped myself with plenty of knowledge… read more

Di Cai
Alumni Sarawak campus

An enormously satisfying, 44 year journey as a WAIT and Curtin staff member

#1973
#CloudServices
#CurtinITservices
#electrical engineering
#WAIT
#wheretonext?

A TAFE Computing qualification wasn’t helping me gain IT-related employment in 1973, so instead I began work as an assistant technician in WAIT’s School of Electrical Engineering. However, later that year, I secured employment as a junior programmer in the WAIT Computing Centre. This was the start of an enormously satisfying, 44 year journey as… read more

Ian Hill
Alumni Current staff

Every time, it made me proud to call Curtin my alma mater

#proud
#WAIT

My first memory of WAIT was as a small child of about 8 years old, accompanying my Mum there, who was working as a Lecturer in English. I remember playing in the sand and the pine trees; being overwhelmed by the size of the commanding buildings. These trees and buildings were still there, years later,… read more

Collette Swindells
Alumni

Curtin has been an excellent place to study

#health
#lucky
#passionate

I first started out at Curtin as a Health Promotion student in 2011. I studied on campus for my first semester, but later switched to external study for the flexibility it allowed me. By studying externally I had the opportunity to work with fabulous people from every corner of the state and Australia, whether it… read more

Ashleigh Parnell
Alumni Current staff

Oh what a different world it was then

#WAIT

Oh what a different world it was then: IT was in its infancy, we were all assured of a job at the end of the journey, and we were there to learn and to have fun. My memories of “studying” at Curtin starting in 1973: Being in the School of Computing and Quantitative Studies away… read more

Gregg Boalch
Past staff

I have already experienced so many amazing and unique opportunities

#experience
#online
#opportunities

I’m still relatively early on in my journey at Curtin, but have already experienced so many amazing and unique opportunities through both my studies, and the extra-curricular programs offered. These experiences have pushed me outside of my comfort zone; to apply, strengthen, and further develop my skills, and will make me a well-rounded graduate. Although… read more

Daniel Smith
Current student

It brings me comfort to know that I’m a difference-maker

#award-winning
#confidence
#difference-maker

I am currently a Senior Analyst at World Health Organization (WHO). In parallel to my career as a humanitarian, I am an award-winning photographer. I graduated from Curtin with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. It is during my degree that I took up photography. I developed a talent and passion that has been… read more

Shamma Esoof
Alumni

Studying with Curtin provided me with the confidence and skills

#confidence
#skills

I completed the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art and Visual Culture) with Curtin University through Open Universities. This led to me leaving full-time work to focus on my art practise. I work in a variety of mediums such as paint and textiles, but my primary focus is working with warm glass in a purpose built… read more

Vicki Small
Alumni

One of the things that I love the most is Curtin’s global footprint

#experience
#global
#ISP

I am the Founder and President of Interactive Science Programs (ISP). ISP is the largest science and math outreach company in the United States owned and operated by African Americans. Since 1992 ISP has provided programs for almost 1 million students, teachers and parents around the US and internationally. ISP was initially formed to combat… read more

Darryl Baynes
Alumni

Many students are still my good friends

#education
#memories
#WAIT

My first degree was an Associateship in Art Teaching at WAIT. I then later returned to complete a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) at Curtin. I lived towards Canning Bridge so it was an easy journey to uni that I took every day. My best memories are of lots of great students in the visual… read more

Jill Thompson-White
Alumni

Some of the relationships I built at uni have been my most valued throughout life

#finance
#memories
#valued

I recently graduated Curtin University in 2016 and have since started working for the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy as a Policy Graduate. In the Graduate Program I am working with internal and external stakeholders throughout Australia to manage and implement policy including internal controls and governance and external policies involving Climate Change,… read more

Anton Lovelle
Alumni

I am really pleased my collaboration continues with my colleagues at Curtin

#health
#opportunities
#proud

I have been working in public health, advocacy and research for over 20 years and Curtin has been a major part of that journey. I recall in 1990 negotiating to do a Business degree in both marketing and public policy, something a little different, but Curtin understood and made it happen. Then I was offered… read more

Graham Brown
Alumni Current staff Past staff

I’m the ‘second-generation George’, as I like to call it

#1985
#kebab store

The kebab store was already here. I’m the ‘second-generation George’, as I like to call it. The ‘first-generation George’ was an accountant, knew very little about hospitality and just knew about numbers. My dad started working for him in 1991 and was doing marinades and chef work for him. A few years later, in 1994… read more

George Marinakos
Current staff

The experience has broadened my horizon

#best decision
#experience
#international reputation

I completed my undergraduate degree with a double major in Management and Marketing from Curtin Business School, one of the AACSB accredited courses. I chose to study in Curtin Sarawak because the campus stood out above the rest. I had offers from other universities, but Curtin University has a great reputation internationally and had the… read more

Kenny Hii
Alumni

Curtin University has helped me to fulfill my dream

#dream
#happiness
#Mauritius

Curtin University has helped me to fulfill my dream… Indeed, it has been my long cherished wish that provides utmost delight and happiness for me and my family. Furthering your own studies might even be the most priceless gift that you can give to yourself and boost your self-confidence and self-worth immensely. It is never… read more

Saraswaty Ramnauth
Alumni

It has been a privileged and wonderful working life

#opportunities
#WAIT
#wonderful working life

I was excited when, at the beginning of 1966, I was appointed to a lecturer’s position in the Mathematics Department at the Perth Technical College, located in St. George’s Terrace Perth. This was the year before the official inauguration of WAIT. On my first day at PTC I was told to report to the new… read more

John Malone
Current staff

Without my Curtin experiences I may never have gotten the opportunity

#opportunity
#passion

I studied communications at Curtin University with International Relations, Politics and History minors. At the time, I was and still am heavily involved in the world football community and as such did not have a great attendance record! Curtin University afforded me the flexibility to finish my study while playing and coaching football which is… read more

Daniel Evans
Alumni Past staff

WAIT was the perfect tertiary institution for a mind like mine

#inspiration
#WAIT

Light Bulb Moments All humans are amazing, each born with their own unique talents and an innate ability to dream and to aspire. After a recent trip back home to Perth, I was looking at some old school reports and the yellowing pages gave me a stark reminder that I was not the most academically… read more

Thomas Shannon
Alumni

My uni years will always be my fondest ones

#communications
#memorable
#thankful

Five years ago, I went for a scholarship interview at Charles Telfair Institute (Curtin’s academic partner in Mauritius) with a friend. Little did I know that the following week would be my first day as a Telfairian. What made my years at CTI memorable were its people. I will always remember how its people believed… read more

Millie Cheong
Alumni

I have plenty of opportunities to work with highly motivated students

#academic excellence
#proud

The pride of any university should be their graduates and at Curtin, I have plenty of opportunities to work with a group of highly motivated students who are ready to dive into their careers and translate academic excellence into professional success.

Haja Maricar
Current staff

My memories of people and personalities are plentiful

#1983
#WAIT

What a journey From my first day as a student in Semester 1, 1983 to my present day position as a member of the academic staff, Curtin (and WAIT previously) has been a most significant part of my life. Apart from a Masters degree all of my qualifications are from Curtin including a recently completed… read more

Stephen Monterosso
Current staff

Do it all over again – you bet !!!

#1969
#Engineer
#WAIT

My connection with WAIT started in 1969 at the Dept of Civil Engineering. I met my first wife, Vicki, at the WAIT rowing club. First employment with A Martinazo and Son doing Main Roads bridge work up in the north west of Australia – now Tom’s Cranes. My claim to fame – designed the crane… read more

Bruce Hawley CPEng (Ret)
Alumni

To me, Curtin is about the people

#grateful
#IT
#WAIT

After completing a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies at W.A.I.T., I began working at Curtin as a Librarian in June 1987. I was always interested in IT, which is perhaps how I became involved with working on websites way back in the day when it all started. Curtin has been a forerunner in… read more

Ieva Bergman
Current staff

I continue to make a global impact but in a different way

#1990
#Biomedical Sciences

I started studying at Curtin in 1990 at the School of Biomedical Sciences. During the 3rd year of my Medical Sciences program, I undertook an internship at Royal Perth Hospital in the Department of Clinical Immunology. During this experience, I was part of a team that set up Western Australia’s first Bone Marrow registry. Being… read more

Gordon Cunningham
Alumni Current staff

Thank you Curtin!

#16yearslater
#wedding

I looked down from our helicopter as we hovered in front of the John Curtin Centre, waving at our friends on the lawn in front of the Lake – the place where we had just made our vows and cut our wedding cake with a long silver sword. I could see a tiny Kangaroo joey… read more

Martin Hill
Current staff

I now get to build relationships with staff and alumni

#Film and Television
#fundraising
#Office of Advancement

My Curtin journey started back in early 2008, as I entered Curtin as an undergraduate. Three years as a full-time student, I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying Film and TV at Curtin. Upon graduating from Curtin, my career took me into the fundraising sector. A few years later, I found my way back to Curtin,… read more

Simone Yule
Alumni Current staff

I have truly appreciated the time I have spent at Curtin

#1982
#Library
#WAIT

I first came to work at WA Institute of Technology in 1982 as a casual clerk typist with a division called WAIT-AID. Shortly after I went to work with the Institute Secretariat where I learnt to use a computer – a Wang! I moved onto the Printing Services Department as a casual Typesetter but unfortunately… read more

Sandra Wilson
Current staff

Curtin was, is, and always will be, a huge part of my life

#career
#commerce
#marketing

I graduated from Curtin with a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Public Relations, in July 2016. Over the course of my studies, I did some amazing things personally, professionally and academically, like studying abroad in America, volunteering overseas, completing internships at some great companies, and gaining valuable ‘adult’ experience. I was fortunate enough to also… read more

Chloe Dack
Alumni Current staff

I was very impressed to see how beautiful and activated the campus already was

#activated
#campus
#impressed

I had never stepped onto the Curtin University campus until I started working here last year. I knew my job was going to be to activate and beautify the outdoor spaces in the public realm. When I walked around the campus I was very impressed to see how beautiful and activated the campus already was…. read more

Tara Deans
Current staff

I can combine my background as a nurse, interculturalist and educator in one role

#Bachelor of Science
#educator
#nursing

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the 90’s. I never thought that I would end up working for the Institute of Nursing as the International Coordinator at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Here I can combine my background as a nurse, interculturalist and educator in one role.

Susan Schaerli Lim
Alumni

Curtin Volunteers! has been the best part of my ‘Curtin journey’

#Volunteers

Honestly, Curtin Volunteers! has been the best part of my ‘Curtin journey’ because I’ve got to meet so many people. I took 11 volunteers to Rottnest Island over a weekend, putting mesh guards around trees to ensure the quokkas don’t eat the leaves. It was a beautiful setting to work – you didn’t actually realise… read more

Milan Mathew
Alumni

Two years later I got a global, permanent position as a Project Engineer

#2013
#Intercultural Exchange
#Mechatronic Engineering Excellence program

I graduated from high school and I was awarded the Curtin Engineering Excellence Scholarship beginning 2010. I was unsure whether to continue in engineering as I was shocked by what the course was like… I was not so strong with physics. I decided to stick with it, and got a chance to do an exchange… read more

Christopher Ong
Alumni

It’s amazing how intertwined events in life can be

#amazing
#dental
#WAIT

Over 40 years ago as a primary school student I had some major dental work at WAIT by students overseen by the professor. Every dentist comments on the original good work and the posts that were put in (which never had to be replaced). Little did I know then that I would later be working… read more

Jan McDonald
Current staff

Since graduating I now have had a rewarding career in local government

#1979
#alumna
#local government

As a double alumna I have spent the last 37 years focusing my efforts on libraries, local government and the rights of women.  I first graduated as a librarian in 1979 before starting my early career in public libraries.  In 2005 I completed the life changing Master of Leadership and Management which clarified and aligned… read more

Anne Banks-McAllister
Alumni

I am now the only social-sexologist in Turkey

#consultant
#School of Public Health
#Sexology

After graduating from UBC with a BA in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality, I completed the Master of Sexology in the School of Public Health at Curtin University. I currently work as a sexuality educator, consultant and one of the few sexologists in Turkey (and the only social-sexologist) developing and implementing sexuality and sexual… read more

Rayka Kumru
Alumni

I feel like I am really part of something special

#special
#Student Exchange
#Study Abroad

I came to Australia from the USA in 2010 to work in Australia, I was with a different WA university. But I came over to Curtin in September of 2015, and so I’ve been here now for just over a year. I work with Curtin’s Study Abroad & Student Exchange programs, I am really loving… read more

Russ Braby
Current staff

Every day is different and I have met many brilliant, committed and passionate professionals

#committed
#I love my job
#PHAIWA

My story is not really ‘the norm’. In late 2008, I was invited by Professor Mike Daube to accept a 3 month contract to do the groundwork in establishing a newly funded Unit called the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA). The aim of this Unit is to provide much needed advocacy skills and… read more

Melissa Stoneham
Current staff

Curtin is forever in my heart

#Film and Television
#Theatre Arts
#WAIT

As a single mother with two children, I went to WAIT to enrol in Physiotherapy because it seemed practical to do so.  However, as I walked past the back door of Hayman Theatre I thought “I’ll just have a quick look inside”. Once there, I had an overwhelming feeling of belonging; and Film and Television… read more

Libby Stone
Alumni

Curtin instilled in me a love for marketing and journalism

#journalism
#marketing

Curtin instilled in me a love for marketing and journalism. It set me on this rewarding and fun career path taking me from Australia, to the US, to Switzerland and now the UK. I’m now a brand journalist for Thomson Reuters producing features like www.9billionbowls.com that looks at the problem of feeding 9 billion people… read more

Ryan Sheppard
Alumni

Now as an employee of Curtin, I love working in an organisation which adds value to the community

#1982
#Bachelor of Arts
#WAIT

I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at WAIT in 1982, the first person in my family to gain a university qualification. I chose WAIT as I wanted to be a journalist and the Institute produced a newspaper on campus. I didn’t stick with journalism but I enjoyed my studies and so completed my degree…. read more

Ann Paterson
Alumni Current staff

I have learned so much during my time at Curtin and am so grateful for the support I have received

#alumni
#grateful
#lucky

I first came to Curtin in 2005 as an Undergraduate because I wanted to be a Librarian. I was very lucky to be selected for the role as Student Assistant for the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library by Lynne Vautier who was then the Manger of the JCPML and from there was invited to apply… read more

Annette Thompson
Alumni Current staff

I’m proud to be a Curtin alumnus

#alumni
#proud

When I left Curtin after graduation, I felt that the most important thing was not just what we learnt. In 2009, Sri Lanka had about 700 alumni from various disciplines. I was inspired by the concept of networking and wanted to build a Curtin community in Sri Lanka. Initially we formed a community called “C4… read more

Lakmal Embuldeniya
Alumni

This period at WAIT was one of excitement and extraordinary achievement

#achievement
#career development
#WAIT

I joined WAIT over 46 years ago and was privileged to participate in and experience the rapid organisational growth of the Institute. I progressed through positions of Education Development Officer (1970-71), Head of External Studies (1972) and Special Assistant (Planning) to the WAIT Director, Dr Haydn Williams (1973). I was a Foundation Member of the… read more

Leo Foster
Past staff

My degree helped me launch a global career

#1980s
#IT
#support

My degree helped me launch a global career as a technology transformation specialist in Banking and Telecommunications, most recently returning to Perth in 2015. I applaud Curtin for enabling me to enrol even though my TEE score was lower than the minimum and this was due to home and family difficulties. I’ve ‘paid that forward’,… read more

Danielle Dinse
Alumni

It was truly an experience for me

#2008
#memories
#PhD

I did my PhD at Curtin from 2004 and completed in 2008. It was truly an experience for me because I went in after my proposal and was awarded the IPRS for a study on stroke self management. When I came in, I had to re align to another area of research. My strongest memories… read more

Siew Yim Loh
Alumni

I feel honored to have been part of Curtin Ignition 2016

#2016
#Ignition

I feel honored to have been part of Curtin Ignition 2016. The people running the program, the mentors and fellow participants have proved to be a valuable network. Many challenges were discovered, considered and overcome and I look forward to the future of my entrepreneurial journey with great excitement.

Jahna Trethowan
Alumni

Curtin has given me a great experience and I hope to come back soon

#experience
#unforgettable
#Volunteers

Curtin helped me to be more confident, more sociable and open minded. I have met such amazing friends there, friends for life. I learned how to be more productive on my job, how to be more creative and the most important thing how to relate with people from different backgrounds. Apart from my amazing friends… read more

Carolina Martinez Mendoza
Alumni

Curtin University gave me the opportunity to spread my wings and develop my skills in a field I love

I completed my BA Social Work in 2001 working full time and raising a family. I have worked for the Department of Child Protection and its various names for 28 years. This has been in Detention Centres, hostels, residential facilities and finally in a busy district office obtaining the role of Team Leader. I have… read more

Valerie Coleman
Alumni

I am very proud to be able to make a positive contribution to future generations thanks to Curtin University

#opportunities
#proud
#SMEC

I have always had a passion for improving the learning and teaching of science. Many people have the belief that science is “hard” and “scary”. I believe that by opening the minds of all members of society we can show Australians that science is all around us, it is relevant and exciting, it is engaging… read more

Linda Pfeiffer
Alumni

The staff support that I had at Curtin was outstanding

#outstanding
#SMEC

My Curtin Doctoral degree from SMEC enabled me to pursue a final phase career in the Tertiary sector. I had spent 26 years in a State Education System and felt that I needed a new challenge. The staff support that I had at Curtin was outstanding. Although I am now retired I still continue to… read more

Geoff Rogers
Alumni

I am so lucky that here in Mauritius I got the chance to be part of the Curtin family!

#Digital Marketing
#lucky
#Mauritius

I am so lucky that here in Mauritius I got the chance to be part of the Curtin family! I am graduating in 2017 with my BA Mass Communication degree, majors Marketing and Web Medias. My journey had been a long one and starting from a BCom degree ending up with my Bachelor of Arts… read more

Nundishwaree Hurdoyal
Alumni

Thank you Curtin University for a fantastic start to my life as a Registered Nurse

#greatest moments
#Kenya
#nursing

I joined Curtin University as an international student from Kenya and graduated with a BSc(Nursing) in 2006. The skills and exposure to the WA health system that I got through the Nursing School have been a great foundation for my career as a Transplant Nurse. I have been working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia… read more

Lucy Kiiru
Alumni

I only hope to give the students I meet in my current role the opportunities I was given at Curtin!

#art
#opportunities

I studied Art at Curtin. Many people might think this is a wishywashy degree. I no longer practice art, however the degree taught me to think unilaterally, which has made me a management powerhouse who leads with conviction! I spent a number of years in private enterprise, a few years in not for profit and… read more

Alexandra Scott-Glenn
Alumni

I took Curtin’s skills back to my teaching job in Mongolia

#inspiration
#International Business

I studied at Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology from 1999-2002. My study was a Master Degree in International Business. As an international student from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia I was not familiar with many things here in Australia. For example: learning environment, university campus, accommodation, left hand road rules (Mongolia has right hand rules), weather… read more

Hana Byambadash
Alumni

My external Masters proved a very rewarding experience

#experience
#Occupational Health and Safety
#rewarding

I completed a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety Management externally under the guidance of Dr. Janis Jansz – it proved a very rewarding experience and has assisted me in my career and current role as an HSE lead where I manage contractor groups undertaking works at the Karratha Gas Plant – the largest gas… read more

Kent Baker
Alumni

I am so lucky and thankful that my relationship with Curtin is still very close

#lucky
#thankful
#valuable

Time flies, I graduated with a BCom in 2005, but pictures of the campus, student life, friends and the Perth city have always been in my mind. I am so lucky and thankful that my relationship with Curtin is still very close, via the Alumni Relations and the HK Chapter “Curtin Alumni Association Hong Kong”,… read more

Joerex Tsang
Alumni

The most memorable event was that in our final year of economics lectures

#architecture
#economics
#memorable

The most memorable event was that in our final year of economics lectures were to be conducted in that modern Architectural and Planning Building A201. Graduated Assoc. of Commerce WAIT Former inaugural chair StateWest Credit Union 1995 Retired Manager Financial Services Dept.of Agriculture WA 1991 Papers on the Benefits of Mutuality 2002 Present: Bursar Dominican Friars… read more

Patrick J Kirwan
Alumni

My Master in Mineral Economics has been a strong support to my career development

#growth
#opportunities
#science

I graduated with a Master in Science (Mineral Economics) in 2008. This program has been a strong support to my career development, enabling me to lead teams of experts, and also gave me the adequate tools for establishing fluent interactions with the executive corporate levels. Currently my role is to discover new mineral resources in… read more

Roberto Rodrigo Freraut Contreras
Alumni

It always feels like home when we go back to Curtin Sarawak campus

#chemical engineering
#opportunity
#sarawak

I was a chemical engineering graduate from Curtin Sarawak in 2014. Curtin Sarawak provides diversity and openness for students and the local community to grow and gain together. Hence I have got to learn how to work and learn with people from different countries and backgrounds. I was also active in Student Council, which gave… read more

Alan Hok
Alumni

Curtin’s degrees have a high level of practical approach into the workplace

#accounting
#graduate
#practical approach

I was student at Curtin University and graduated in 2007 with a Master of Accounting. My Curtin degree was fundamental to enable me to switch career from Chemical Engineering to Accounting. I completed it whilst working full time and immediately proceeded to CPA qualification. Without the degree, I would not have completed CPA or have… read more

Alexandra Lauro de Paiva
Alumni

I am really glad to be part of the Curtin community as both an alumna and staff member

#community
#health
#lifelong

I came to Curtin University in 2006 as an eager student who had just graduated from high school. I started in a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) degree but after six months I realised I was not that passionate about it. The Curtin University staff at the time made it easy for me to transition… read more

Melinda Edmunds
Alumni Current staff

I am privileged to work with great people who are engaged in the contemporary public health discourse

#health
#postgraduate
#proud

My first visit at Curtin was at age 17 when my flatmate started her degree here and I was studying on the other side of the river. At that time the campus was still a bit of a concrete jungle, but my flatmate used to rave about the practical nature of her study, something I felt… read more

Gemma Crawford
Alumni Current staff Current student

When I first came to WAIT as a 16 year old girl in 1970, I was ready for adventure

#1970
#adventure
#WAIT

When I first came to WAIT as a 16 year old girl in 1970, I was ready for adventure, and my introduction to the Art and Design Department was truly that, as I found when entering the studio natural life drawings taking place. During my first ten years here I grew up just as the… read more

Jenny Goodison
Current staff

Curtin is my second home

#grateful
#Library
#research

Curtin is my second home. My research experience is linked to Curtin with my MPhil completed during 2007 to 2008. Working with Dr Kerry Smith on my research is an experience I cherish and am grateful for. The yarns with fellow researchers in our cosy research office is something I miss. During both years as… read more

Aminath Riyaz
Alumni Current staff Current student

This is what I love about Curtin

#1991
#community

I have seen a lot of change at Curtin since starting here as a tutor in 1991. Technology is the most obvious one (from blackboards & chalk to the online environments and teaching technologies we have today is incredible to reflect on). Being a student has changed too. As a student of Curtin myself in… read more

Natalie Gasson
Alumni Current staff

The inspiration, energy and uplifting atmosphere makes me proud to be a staff member

#2015
#proud

The inspiration from other staff members, the energy of the students, and the uplifting atmosphere of the Curtin community makes me proud to be a staff member at Curtin’s Bentley campus. Moving from New Zealand was a big step for me, and finding a job that inspired me to aim high took a couple of… read more

Brooke Nielsen
Current staff

We wanted to provide the best library service to academics and students, and I think we did it well!

#1997
#Library

I began work as a Reference Librarian at Curtin Library and Information Service at the start of 1997. I was part of a team of librarians who staffed the busy Information Desk in the TL Robertson Library. We helped staff and students find information and taught people how to use the catalogue and the new… read more

Sue Grey-Smith
Past staff

My WAIT degree was a defining point in my life

#1975
#Bachelor of Business
#WAIT

When I see this old newsletter clipping, it reminds me of that Bruce Springsteen song, “Glory Days”. Because my three years at WAIT between 1975 and 1977 were glory days for me. I had dropped out of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science course at UWA after only six months, but was lucky enough to get… read more

Charlie Bertilone
Current staff

Being part of the Library team at Curtin is both an ongoing joy and inspiration

#Library
#WAIT

After leaving school at 15 I realised when my children were at school what I had missed out on and so after some pre tertiary study I was accepted into the undergraduate Library Studies course here at what was at that time WAIT. I graduated from what by that time had become Curtin University in… read more

Lynne Vautier
Alumni Current staff

My early experience of Curtin is via my mum, who was for many years a staff member

#committed
#Generations

My early experience of Curtin is via my mum, who was for many years a staff member. As a young person I witnessed her professional satisfaction and growth from working for a forward-thinking institution. I am sure that it planted the seed for what I hoped to gain from my own professional career. Over the… read more

Nyanda Smith
Current staff

I am still excited about what my future at Curtin might hold

#2001
#grateful
#Occupational Health and Safety

I started my Curtin journey in 2001 as an undergraduate student studying Forensic Science and have been at Curtin ever since. I have been very fortunate to have had experience in a wide variety of staff and student roles during this time. During my undergraduate degree, it really struck me how passionate many of my… read more

Amy Bowater
Alumni Current staff

I made a damn good choice

#experience
#fantastic
#global

The choice of Curtin was based on my thorough research around rankings, taking cues from alumni about the environment and the rich course content and I must say, I made a damn good choice. Studying at Curtin was a fantastic experience in terms of not only getting exposed to a great course and capable faculty,… read more

Peeush Tomar
Alumni

Curtin’s commitment to making a difference to the community is one that I am truly proud of!

#commitment
#proud

I value learning and for that same reason I value Curtin. At Curtin Sarawak , I get the opportunity to embark on a learning journey on a daily basis with the opportunity to be of service to young minds, NGOs, the community and the industry. Curtin’s commitment to making a difference to the community is… read more

Haslina Abdul Malek
Current staff

It’s a milestone career achievement as a Curtin University graduate

#2005
#Master of Science
#Medical Imaging

After graduating in 2005 from Curtin University with a Master of Science in Medical Imaging, I returned home to Papua New Guinea and was hired as the Head of the Medical Imaging Science program at the University of PNG. Five years later I was hired by the Department of Health as the Manager for its… read more

George Otto
Alumni

It just sort of happened that I followed my dreams and my career and education path followed me

#AHEAD
#community outreach

I guess I’ve always had a passion for ethics and social justice, since I’ve been either a victim of it, or a witness to it. One of the things that attracted me to working for AHEAD was the community outreach projects where we can make a real difference. It just sort of happened that I… read more

Silvia Lozeva
Current staff

It was a major achievement to go overseas by myself and do something to improve the lives of people

#achievement
#Volunteers

I’ve been to Cambodia to do volunteer work as part of Reach Out Volunteers. To me, it was a major achievement to go overseas by myself and do something to improve the lives of people that are much worse off than us. We built a classroom in a week, taught a little bit of English,… read more

Rachel Loughridge
Current student

6am radio journalism classes certainly didn’t seem like a good idea at the time, but now I’m glad

#journalism

Dragging myself into 6am radio journalism classes certainly didn’t seem like a good idea at the time, especially as I had my heart set on print media, but now I am glad that I did. I now work as the editor of Peace News, and with the way technology is evolving in the media industry… read more

Kate Roff
Alumni