We share profile stories and videos of individuals highlighting the innovation and impact of our high-achieving alumni all over the world.
The heart of social justice
On paper, Dr Romina Santos Reyftmann may look like your typical high achiever: years of study in medicine and law, helping establish a successful fertility clinic with one of Australia’s leading IVF teams, and extensive high-impact work in First Nations justice and human rights law. But you don’t have to dig deeply to see that every success has been hard-won.
Harnessing data to solve problems
From predicting when an airplane needs servicing to increasing the number of mattresses sold at a furniture start-up, this former BlueScope cadet shows how diverse a career in mathematics can be.
Building a business in Asia with roots in Wollongong
Starting university can mean a lot of change. For some students, it’s the first time they leave home – perhaps even the first time they learn how to cook for themselves or do their laundry.
From crash to Colombian classroom
Misfortune can change lives for the better, but that was the last thing on Ed Broadbent’s mind when he found himself on an operating table in India waiting for doctors to mend his broken body.
How this UOW graduate is improving health outcomes for Australians
In June 2022, UOW graduate and CEO of Australian Pathology, Liesel Wett, was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to medical administration, particularly during COVID-19. A few weeks earlier, we visited Liesel at her office in Canberra and asked her about her role at the outbreak of the pandemic.
Risk taking, patience and dream jobs
Nicholas Underhill’s career is one that many would dream of having – he’s worked with some of the world’s top musicians at Spotify and is now in a senior marketing role at Google in New York City. But Nicholas didn’t get there overnight – it took commitment, time, and risk.
“It was like nursing chose me. I really felt like I found my place and my home,” said Alera Bowden, the first recipient of the Pamela Jane Nye Working Nurse Scholarship at the University of Wollongong.
From Berkeley to Boral
Zlatko Todorcevski is living proof that the path to a successful international career at the highest executive levels is not always paved with privilege.
Trading steel for silicon
A cadetship at the local steelworks might seem an unusual path to an international career with some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names. But for Omar Devlin, it provided a perfect grounding in solving complex problems.