Suzy Urbaniak’s career spans the resource sector, education, and a commitment to cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers. Starting with a geology degree at the Australian National University, Suzy worked at Newcrest Mining, contributing significantly to mining operations, exploration, and geological modelling.
In a pivotal shift, Suzy transitioned to education in 2004, becoming a science teacher at Kent Street Senior High School. She blended her geology expertise with innovative teaching methods, establishing the Centre of Resources Excellence (CoRE) Learning Model in 2016, earning national recognition.
Identifying a gap in STEM skills development, Suzy co-founded the CoRE Learning Foundation, which includes the Gamifying Earth Science Initiative, supported by BHP, MCA, and Newmont Australia. It champions a gamified, cross-curricular STEM education approach to address diversity and engagement challenges in the resource industry. Despite initial hurdles, Suzy navigated unfamiliar gaming terrain, aligning games with the Earth Science curriculum and fostering cultural sensitivity.
The initiative’s outcomes include a positive impact on over 4,000 students and 67 schools, with 58% female participation and 10% First Nations involvement. Suzy’s leadership includes initiatives such as Women in Mining Days and the Curtin University Resources Challenge. Her transformative journey, marked by accolades and community impact, demonstrates her unwavering dedication to bridging gaps in STEM education and the resource sector.