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"I think that power engineering is an amazing way to use technical skills to drive massive global positive change."

Esandi Kalugalage

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I am a final year electrical engineering and data science minor student at the University of Queensland. I am passionate about solving the challenges posed by the power industry's transition to renewables using engineering and data science. I am an enthusiastic team player and always strive to bring out the best in everyone around me. I am also a big advocate of encouraging other young women to pursue careers in power engineering

Esandi Kalugalage

KEY STRENGTHS: Communication, commitment and data science


Power engineers are the ones driving the charge towards renewables! Not only is it a nice feeling to know you contributed towards increasing renewable penetration (literally saving the world), the uncertainty and challenge that comes with the transition excites me. I think that power engineering is an amazing way to use technical skills to drive massive global positive change.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), major in Electrical, minor in Data Science from the University of Queensland

Entering the industry

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

I have found work experience at Energy Queensland to be very rewarding. I only truly understood how the power network operates, as well as the complexities brought on by the renewable energy transition after work placement. Not only did I develop technical and communication skills, I have learnt a lot by speaking to other professionals and students (something that can't be taught at university)!

What I'm doing now

In the near future, I would like to be in a graduate role that allows me to solve power industry problems collaboratively and innovatively, and allows me to be the best version of myself. Later on, I want to continue playing my part in delivering safe, reliable and affordable clean energy to customers. I also want to continue encouraging young women to pursue careers in the power industry.

My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?

Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.

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Esandi Kalugalage

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