From her beginnings in Newcastle, Jemma overcame challenges with academics during school to pursue a Double Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering with Honours at Newcastle University. Balancing work, study, and home renovations, Jemma graduated on time, demonstrating unwavering focus and determination.
Her career, spanning eight years in consulting and asset owner roles across marine, mining, and civil infrastructure, showcases her expertise in corrosion, durability, structural assessment, and innovative problem-solving. Notably, she played a pivotal role at Dampier Salt, addressing complex challenges in structural integrity.
Jemma’s achievements extend to industry recognition, including presenting an industry-based Honours thesis at the FIB Symposium and co-authoring award-winning papers. Her commitment to the engineering community is evident in volunteer roles, such as being the NEXGen Young Member Representative for the Concrete Institute of Australia and Chair of the fib Young Members Group and Mentoring Program. Actively involved in organising conferences, technical reviews, and mentoring programs, Jemma has significantly increased young professional engagement across Australia.
Her advocacy for sustainability and innovation at DSL, pioneering trials of eco-friendly solutions, showcases a commitment to advancing the field. Recently stepping into a leadership role, Jemma’s journey inspires as a testament to personal and professional growth, making her a deserving nominee for her exceptional contributions to the engineering industry and community.