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Alumni Stories

UOW alumni are achieving their dreams. They shared their journeys with us to help inspire others. Choose a story below.

Susan Zhang

SUSAN ZHANG
Susan Zhang holds up a torch to all the scary and exciting possibilities the future holds.
 

Tina Harris - LahLah's

TINA HARRIS
A firm belief in the value of music education for children has driven Tina Harris’ career as a global performer and music educator.

Craig M v2

CRAIG MARKHAM
For Craig Markham, Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations at Firmdale Hotels, the secret to career success and longevity is to follow a path that makes you happy.

Dr Teena Downton

TEENA DOWNTON
Young rural doctor Teena Downton has become the voice of her generation in bringing better health outcomes to rural and remote communities, where services are most needed.

Kate Swaffer- stories

KATE SWAFFER
In an effort to squeeze every last drop from life, Kate Swaffer has blazed a trail for those living with dementia. 

Peter Ivaneza - stories

PETER IVANEZA
Peter Ivaneza is most certainly at the top of his game as Executive Director of JPMorgan Chase.

Catherine F

CATHERINE FELDHAUSEN
Catherine reflects on her global career, the importance of diversity in STEM and the power of connections.

Paul Batten

PAUL BATTEN
As a child Paul loved reading car magazines, now he tests the world's fastest cars for McLaren in Spain.

Noor and Helena

NOOR ILIAS MOHD IDRIS & SEAN HELENA HAMZAH
These two mechanical engineering graduates have ventured down very different paths, but they couldn't be prouder of each other's achievements.

Angela Saville - stories

ANGELA SAVILLE
In pursuit of passion, Angela Saville has established the most recognisable outdoor health and fitness service in the Illawarra region and one of the largest in Australia.

Youth Food Movement - stories

YOUTH FOOD MOVEMENT
JOANNE BAKER
ALEXANDRA ILJADICA
Joanna and Alexandra are reshaping our relationship with food and leftovers

VIBE - stories

VIBE TEACHING
DANE ATTENBOROUGH | PAUL HARRIS
LUKE HIGGINS | CRAIG JONES
Vibe, a company set up by UOW education alumni is finding work for the next generation of teachers in the UK.

Patrick Jin - stories

PATRICK JIN
Patrick Jin was working in medicine in his early 20's, but his heart just wasn't in it. He wanted to help people, but in a different way.

Sarah Flis - stories

SARAH FLIS
Sarah Flis is the COO of Appco Group US and never expected to be working in New York only years after graduation.

Cooper Lees - stories

COOPER LEES
Self-confessed nerd Cooper Lees is working in his dream job at Facebook HQ.

James Goudkamp - stories

DR JAMES GOUDKAMP
Little more than a decade after graduating from his bachelor’s degree Goudkamp has risen to the rank of Associate Professor at the prestigious University of Oxford.

Kumi Taguchi - stories

KUMI TAGUCHI
As a high school student, Kumi Taguchi developed a love for documentaries and stories from around the world: a passion that’s evident in her work as a senior anchor on ABC News 24.

Melissa Abu-Gazaleh - stories

MELISSA ABU-GAZALEH
The simple goal of getting one positive story about young men in the media has now provided Melissa with a national platform to improve and advocate for young men's health.

Michael Pampalone - stories

MICHAEL PAMPALONE III
"I saw great benefit in being taken out of my comfort zone and placed in an environment of wonder and a kaleidoscope of perspective," said Michael Pampalone of his time at UOW.

David Hughes - stories

DAVID HUGHES
David Hughes believes in more connections, better outcomes and bigger business.

Van Badham - stories

VAN BADHAM
Making choices and taking risks is something Van Badham has done for much of her life.

Bob Furbank - stories

PROFESSOR BOB FURBANK
Professor Bob Furbank is blazing a trail in digital agriculture, which is changing Australian farming and could feed the world.

Charmian Simmons - stories

CHARMIAN SIMMONS 
When Charmian Simmons began her journey to the top in the highly competitive international finance sector, the glass ceiling never stood a chance.

Allan Connolly - stories

ALLAN CONNOLLY
Allan Connolly is making a splash on the world stage as CEO and President of Aclara Technologies.

Morgan Way - stories

MORGAN WAY
Scholarship fuels entrepreneurship for young alumnus Morgan Way.

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Last reviewed: 5 September, 2017