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Bright Sparks Signal Bright Future for Australia

Class of 2021 - Bright Sparks Signal Bright Future for Australia

The 2021 intake of bright young graduates has arrived at the ANSTO Precinct at Lucas Heights and this week will commence their exciting new career to become the nation’s future leaders in STEM and innovation.

This new intake will become part of ANSTO’s growing Graduate Institute, a cohort network of more than 100 graduates working across the Lucas Heights campus.  and other ANSTO sites around the country. The graduates will be supported by some of Australia’s leaders in science and innovation, and have the opportunity to connect on top of joining ANSTO’s emerging innovation community which now has more than 22 deep tech start-ups and entrepreneurs part of the nandin innovation centre.

ANSTO’s Acting CEO Shaun Jenkinson was at a ceremony today to welcome the latest recruits saying that STEM graduates, as never before, will play a key role in shaping Australia’s future.

“ANSTO has some of the most advanced scientific capabilities in Australia. We have the tools, and as scientists and engineers, you are the ones charged to use them to build a better tomorrow,” Mr Jenkinson said to them.

Also on hand to welcome the new cohort at a ceremony this morning, was Sutherland Shire Mayor Steve Simpson.

“What is good for ANSTO is great for the Sutherland Shire. You are the best of the best and now you have the opportunity to be part of the important solutions that will support and shape Australia well into the future. We welcome you to our community and look forward to together celebrating your achievements in the years ahead,” Mr Simpson said.

ANSTO Graduate Program Director, Professor Andrew Peele said that the graduates were amongst ANSTO’s most important assets. “We are always striving for innovation and new graduates inject into ANSTO new ideas. We welcome change as it signals progress,” Professor Peele said.

Among the graduates commencing today were Erin Smyth who has moved to Sutherland from Victoria and who studied Biomedical Engineering at RMIT, Raya Tasnim who lives in Lakemba and who studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW, and James Hollands who lives in Willoughby and who studied Medicinal Chemistry at UTS.

“This is a great opportunity to further my knowledge in medical technology and discover how nuclear science is applied to health care,” Ms Smyth said.

“I look forward to gaining a better understanding of diverse nuclear technologies and contribute to developing them,” Ms Tasnim said.

“I am eager to experience both commercial and research science whilst at ANSTO,” Mr Hollands said.

The graduate program is essential to inspiring more young Australians to pursue a career in STEM related fields and numbers are set to grow again later this year with the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) set to announce another round of scholarships in partnership with ANSTO.

Media Contact ANSTO: Marcus Middleton  0439 350 692


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