Lisa Hansberry – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering alumnus

Published in Issue 4 - 2016

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Lisa Hansberry

Lisa Hansberry

The Southern Cross University Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering degree began four years ago, and this month (December) the first crop of graduands received their qualifications at the Lismore graduation ceremony.

Lisa Hansberry, who graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering, was among the trail-blazing cohort, and has already secured employment with Ardill Payne and Partners in Ballina.

When Lisa began her degree at the start of 2013, little did she know she would win a national award and go on to gain a full-time position even before finishing the four-year degree.

Engineering Graduates

Engineering Graduates

During her studies, Lisa and her classmate Corelle Forster won the coveted BHP Billiton Award at the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Design Challenge National Showcase in Melbourne in 2013, for the water filtration and storage solution system they designed for a poor Timor Leste village.

They were the first team from the University to win this national award for sustainable design and community engagement.

“One of the best things about Southern Cross University was the support from other students and friendships made, the nature in the university grounds and of course, being the first cohort to graduate from Civil Engineering,” she said.

“My new position as civil design engineer at Ardill Payne and Partners is putting into practice what we learnt through the engineering course. It is a great team to work with, I am really enjoying it. There are very experienced people from whom I can learn a lot to develop my career.”

Lisa wasn’t afraid to get involved in University life either, taking up the founding president role of the SCU Engineering Society for a three-year period and then serving on the society in an advisory role in her final year, and also serving on the Engineering Academic Advisory Committee as a student representative.

As a confident speaker and presenter Lisa also presented at many events about the value of pursuing a career in engineering, and is a strong advocate for women in the field.

She became an integral member of the SCU Women in Engineering group and presented at the ‘Girls in Engineering, Science & IT’ event held in Ballina, which encourages girls in senior high school to enter into a career in engineering.

Tony Cromack from Ardill Payne and Partners said his business was looking forward to supporting SCU and the engineering program even more in the future.

“We are excited that we have been able to support the SCU’s emerging engineering degrees, and have secured Lisa in our ranks, to give local employment to a talented local graduate,” he said.

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