Robogals Global Executive Team
The team members in this section are also board members.
CEO, Robogals Global
Bonjour tout le monde. My name is Nicole Brown and I am the new CEO of Robogals Global. I am at the start of my third year of university, studying the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne: majoring in civil systems. I hope to finish my Bachelor of Science and the complete a Master of Engineering (structural).
Aside from University and Robogals, I am an active person playing netball and going to gym regularly. I also work at an engineering firm, Brown Consulting, during all my holidays as a cadet structural engineer.
Within Robogals, I joined as a volunteer in early 2011, and organised for five volunteers to teach robotics in the Latrobe Valley for a week before formally joining the Robogals Melbourne team in September 2011 as the Schools Manager for Rural and Regional Areas. In September 2012 I briefly became the President of Robogals Melbourne, but also the Deputy CEO of Robogals Global. I am very much looking forward to this role as it will provide invaluable opportunities for me but more importantly, it will allow me to have a great impact on what Robogals achieves in the upcoming years. I am extremely passionate about increasing the number of girls studying science, technology and engineering at a tertiary level. I believe equality in the workplace is key to the effective and balanced team. I am looking forward to my opportunity to work with the Robogals family to make a difference in the global community.
Chief Operations Officer, Robogals Global
I'm originally from New Zealand, but I've hopped over the ditch to study at the Australian National University in Canberra. I love what I learn as an engineering student here, and I also have a keen interest in education and science communication, as well as leadership and management.
I first became involved in Robogals in 2011, as the Training Manager of the first executive team of the Robogals ANU chapter. Throughout 2011/12, we raised some funds, found some volunteers, bought some robots and laptops, and taught hundreds of students around the ACT and nearby parts of NSW. I loved the fact that a group of students could take the initiative in pursuing a great cause, and I'm now privileged enough to have the task of helping steer Robogals Global as the Chief Operations Officer! In this role, I both lead and support the Global Team in ensuring the admin-y and logistical side of running Robogals is taken care of, organising the annual SINE conferences for each region, and acting as the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
In my spare time, I like to play soccer (when I can avoid injury), make music (piano, guitar, behind the sound desk at church), and take on my family in four player Age of Empires games (yes, I know - I have an awesome family).
Regional Director, Robogals Asia Pacific
I am (finally!) in my last year of a BE/BSc at the Australian National University and on the home stretch for my vet nursing qualification. I'm looking forward to travelling abroad again next year to explore the world (visiting every country is on my bucket list!) before finding a job and settling down.
I love peppermint tea, showjumping, reading adventure novels, lego minifigures, and anything David Attenborough. I am currently learning German, and how to play tennis! I love trying new things and going to new places.
I joined Robogals in 2011 as the President and Sponsorships Manager of the Canberra chapter. Initially, it was intimidating meeting all the passionate and motivated people from the other chapters. But soon enough, I became one of them! This year, I am the Asia Pacific Regional Director, and I am excited to be working with a bigger team from a range of backgrounds!
Regional Director, Robogals UK
Regional Director, Robogals North America
Hi! My name is Garima Gupta and I'm a student at the California Institute of Technology, where I'm studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I will be starting my final year soon and after that, plan on going to graduate school to get my Master's Degree. The goal is to eventually become an astronaut and the first woman (if not the first person) on Mars!
I began my involvement with Robogals by helping Mark & Marita bring the organization to North America. I, with other Caltech students, helped create the Caltech chapter. I was the president of that chapter for one year, before I became the Regional Director for Robogals North America, which is my current position. I love Robogals and what it does; I love seeing the look of realization on little girls' faces as they understand how much they could love science and engineering. As Regional Director, I hope to help the relatively new chapters in North America succeed and reach their full potentials.
In my "spare" time, I play basketball (as part of the Caltech Women's Intercollegiate Team), dance, read, and volunteer (with the Caltech Y)!
Robogals Global Team
Secretary & Treasurer, Robogals Global
Being a Commerce student in Robogals Global, amongst a group of mostly engineers, is an interesting experience I wouldn't get in most other clubs. I joined Robogals as Events Manager under the Melbourne chapter in 2011. I had done robotics before in school and found it very interesting. What specifically attracted me to Robogals was how it managed to combined robotics with such a great cause of trying to introduce "Engineering" into the vocabulary of school girls. As the secretary and treasurer, I handle Robogals Global's accounts and paperwork.
I am currently in my second year (in 2012) of the Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Actuarial Studies. I hope to become a reputable manager in the Finance industry in the future.
Curriculum Manager, Robogals Global
I am now in my third year at the University of Melbourne majoring in Mechanical Systems. I joined Robogals Melbourne in 2011 as a volunteer after searching for a engineering student organisation that didn't just hold fundraisers for their next drinking event. After a few months of volunteering, I was then given the position of Training Manager where I was responsible for preparing workshop plans and training volunteers. A few more months after that, I was offered the Curriculum Manager role with Shane Lyndon. In this role that didn't previously exist, we're responsible for collecting lesson plans from all the Robogals chapters and other sources, and putting together a database of workshops that all our chapters can use. We are also in the process of developing a well-structured volunteer training program. All of which, we hope to achieve before we graduate.
Working with Robogals has reassured me that I have chosen the right career path. I find that I am always excited to talk about engineering and absolutely love it when students say that they will consider engineering as a viable career path. Volunteering with this organisation has given me so much and I look forward to continue working alongside all these wonderful people.
Curriculum Manager, Robogals Global
I am the current Curriculum Manager alongside Karlo Julian. I am currently a third year University of Melbourne student studying Bachelor of Science majoring in Civil System. I will move on to the Master of Engineering program next year as well. I have been with Robogals since my first year of university in 2011 where I participated in Robogals Rural and Regional trip to Ballarat. From there I joined to Robogals Melbourne committee as the Schools Manager for the Metro region until mid-2012.
Currently, Karlo and I work to bring together a unified system for which volunteers around the world can share ideas and collaborate. We have recently completed the workshop sharing platform and it can now be found in the Robogals Forum called "The Classroom".
My time here at Robogals have taught me so many things and expose to a whole new environment that I would not have access to without Robogals. Unlike other clubs in university, I know what I do at Robogals will have a direct impact on the future Engineering workforce of Australia. I think that is just amazing! The people I met and befriended at Robogals have also made the journey much more incredible.
Media & Community Manager, Robogals Global
I am happily in my fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering/Science at the Australian National University. Something not many people know about me is I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie enjoying bungee jumping, white water rafting and hang gliding. Next thing on the to-do list is jumping out of an aeroplane. In my spare time I like going for runs and watching Formula 1 which as a fast paced technology based sport really interests me.
Having only recently joined, I was really taken by the purpose of Robogals in that it aims to fill a void present in engineering and its related fields. Considering the professional benefits of having more women in engineering, I find it great knowing a student run organisation is taking genuine action. It is exciting to be a part of an organisation which is still relatively new and has so much potential to bring positive change. Working with a group of dynamic people aspiring towards achieving a greater goal is a great privilege.
One of my key goals in this position is to increase Robogals presence globally to allow the group's activities to reach more young women from any background.
Robogals Science Challenge team
For more about the Robogals Science Challenge see www.sciencechallenge.com.au
I'm currently in my final year of Science, majoring in electrical systems at the University of Melbourne. I started volunteering with Robogals since 2008 and what kept me coming back was the great camaraderie and the ability to make a difference by getting more girls to study science related courses and go to universities. Through the Robogals Science Challenge, I hope that we can reach out to more girls via a wider medium and encourage more interest in science.
I'm also passionate about theatre and music. I love working in the theatre and be part of the magic that brings a show to life. In the future, I hope to combine my knowledge of engineering and my passion in theatre to engage kids in schools.
In addition to her involvement with the Robogals Science Challenge in 2011 & 2012, Mun-Xin has also been an avid volunteer doing school visits since Robogals' earliest days and has taught robotics to more girls than any other Robogals volunteer in the world. In recognition of this, she was named a Life Member of Robogals in November 2011.
I am currently completing my Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pharmacology, at the University of Melbourne. Science is a great passion of mine and I am glad that I have the opportunity to explore the world of science and engineering through Robogals!
Another great passion of mine is music! I enjoy immersing myself in music, whether it be going to a music festival or jamming with a couple of friends. I find that music is a language that everybody understands, and that in itself is such a wonderful thing. I just can't live without science and music!
Through Robogals, I have met so many inspiring and motivated people that it has made me more enthusiastic about what the future holds for the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The Science Challenge has been a great opportunity for girls all around Australia to explore and take an interest in the world around them, through the eyes of engineers. Their enthusiasm and willingness to think outside the box is what has led to the success of the Science Challenge and I hope that it will continue for years to come!
I am a second year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Engineering. I sort of fell into engineering, following the advice of a veterinarian from my high school work experience and haven't looked back since starting university. I first became involved in Robogals in the middle of my first year after my friends told me about the presentation Robogals had made in a lecture. Recalling how few girls were in my engineering lectures at the time, I decided to apply for the Global team executive in order to be part of encourage more girls to do engineering.
Since joining I have organised a Rural and Regional trip and have been involved in the Science Challenge and Rural and Regional Ambassador Program. Being a country girl myself, I love that I can be involved in encouraging more rural girls to do engineering and help to organise programs to reach girls all across Australia. I also enjoy being part of the Science Challenge as it is such a new part of Robogals and I look forward to continuing to develop it and watch it grow.
In my spare time I love playing sport, usually any kind though I really like hockey, basketball and cricket. I also have a weakness for singing and a cappella (especially after Pitch Perfect) and for photography.
Robogals Rural & Regional Ambassadors programme team
Bio coming soon
Robogals Regional Teams
National Partnerships Manager, Robogals Asia Pacific
I'll start with some fun facts about me - I was born in Malaysia, grew up in Brunei, have a British and New Zealand passport, and went to high school in Brisbane. I like chocolate croissants, summer, Maroon 5, Berlin, statistics, and skiing - water AND snow. Another fun fact is that I am also one of only 4 girls in my Mechanical Engineering course - they aren't kidding in the Engineers Australia reports when they say that only a small percentage of the engineering workforce are women. This was one of the driving factors for me to join Robogals. I think it is a shame that engineering, an industry which requires so much creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, is not a career of choice for most women, and indeed not a study path commonly chosen by girls graduating from high school. I am glad to be a part of an organisation that is hoping to change that, one robotics workshop at a time.
My role with Robogals is to liaise with our sponsors and be the bridging gap between the Robogals volunteer community and our generous supporters. My role also involves working to create and foster new partnerships, and find new ways to increase the benefits to both Robogals and our sponsors. I am lucky enough, being based in Melbourne, to also be involved with the Robogals Global executive and enjoy working with other portfolios on the committee. My goal for 2013 is to come up with more ways to engage sponsors with the rest of the organisation and wider community, as well as ways to increase our outreach and impact on both primary and secondary school girls, to encourage more of them to become the female engineers of tomorrow.
Yuen Lan Chow
National Partnerships Manager, Robogals UK
I am a second year Chemistry student at Imperial College London. I remembered the first time I learned about Robogals was through the fresher fair. At that time, I thought Robogals was no different from other clubs and societies, but I soon changed my mind after I turned up one of the Robogals workshops. I was attracted by the Robogals' aims and the smiling faces of the students after they finished their Robogals workshop. This is also the reason why I decided to be a National Partnerships Manager; I will be able to do more for Robogals than a volunteer does. Robogals has given me the chance to participate in the London Big Bang Fair 2012 and workshops at the Science Museum, which were really good experiences for me.
Apart from Robogals, chemistry is the area I would like to focus on and I hope my future career will be closely involved in this particular area too.
Finance Manager, Robogals UK
I was the Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager of Robogals UK and London during my Biochemistry study at Imperial College London. I have recently graduated and set my feet in consultancy.
It was my pleasure to work with Sonya to "bring up" Robogals UK in the past 3 years. I enjoyed going to different fairs/events, and promoting the work of Robogals to public /company representatives. Building a concrete foundation for Robogals UK was indeed rewarding. I am now working closely with Yuen Lan, my successor, to follow up enquiries as well as "torture" her, i.e. brain-storming and giving suggestions with regards to the finance of Robogals UK.
myRobogals software engineers
myRobogals is our global record-keeping and communications portal at my.robogals.org. The source code has been released as open source through our Github project and we welcome anyone who would like to help by coding new features.
Yuk Fai Cheung
Bio coming soon
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Making all the real action happen on the ground level, there are over 100 committee members at the chapter-level across our 15 active chapters.
Marita and Mark, while no longer in a day-to-day role in Robogals, continue to serve on the Board of Directors, and are mentors to the current team.
Founder & former Executive Director, Robogals Global
I was born in Cairns, and came to Melbourne in 2007 to study Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science. I founded Robogals in July 2008 after volunteering to visit a school to teach LEGO robotics. Not content with impacting just one school, I wanted to get some students together to visit a whole heap of schools around Melbourne, and so Robogals was born!
I'm also very interested in entrepreneurship, and was co-founder of an erstwhile start-up company, Nudge. In 2009 I was named an Anthill Magazine 30under30 – awarded to the top 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in Australia. My goal in the future is to start my own robotics company, manufacturing bipedal robots that help people with daily chores.
Co-founder & former Operations Director, Robogals Global
I recently graduated from Software Engineering and Arts at the University of Melbourne. I've been with Robogals from day one in 2008! My contributions include creating the organisational structure of Robogals, spearheading myRobogals, creating the first Amplifier newsletter, putting together our operations manual, setting up our Board and running our national conferences.
Other than Robogals, I'm passionate about software engineering and entrepreneurship, and following some success in a Melbourne Business School competition in 2008, I co-founded Nudge, an automated SMS reminder service for patients taking prescription medication. At its peak, Nudge was available through five Melbourne pharmacies, but ultimately failed to gain much traction. I also ran Entrepreneurs Week '09 at Melbourne Uni. I am currently working at a start-up company, Minutely, as a software engineer.
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