Groundbreaking women in construction celebrated

Guest panel members talk about the future of construction at the event

Last Friday, the inaugural Western Women Transforming the Built Environment breakfast was held to honour the contribution of women in construction.

Guest speaker Tasha Burrell, Program Director at Landcom, shared her career journey in the male-dominated industry, from architecture to property development, and detailed how she has balanced this with four children – noting the importance of supporting women in the workplace.

The discussion then turned to other groundbreaking women in the industry who spoke candidly about the future of construction. The panel included:

  • Melissa Gargiulo, Project Engineer at John Holland and Western Sydney University alumna
  • Yusur Al-Aberi, Project Controls Support at Turner & Townsend and Western Sydney University construction student
  • Qinjun (Lavendar) Liu, Western Sydney University PhD student
  • Kara McCormick, Undergraduate Engineer at CPB Engineers and Western Sydney University construction student.

Professor Kerry London, Deputy Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at Western Sydney University, hosted the event with support from David Borger, the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.

Western Sydney University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, sponsored the event.

Learn more about studying construction on the Western Sydney University website.


6 March 2019

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer