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"Smart grids, EVs and renewables are generating vast amounts of complex data in the power industry. It's extremely exciting to see how AI and deep learning can help us extract insights from this data to empower better technologies and energy solutions."

Wendi Ma

API Bursary Recipient (Graduating 2023)

WHO ARE THEY: I'm Wendi Ma, a Mechatronics and Mathematics student at the University of Queensland currently with a GPA of 6.81/7. I'm highly passionate about deep learning and scientific computing, and thoroughly enjoy research, programming and problem solving. Recently, I worked as a part-time Research Software Engineer, submitted a ML conference paper, and am now continuing with the same supervisor for my Honours thesis. Previously, I interned at API partner Redback Technologies where I developed simulations and data analysis tools for household solar systems. I've also been the UQ IEEE Student Branch Chair, a UQ maths tutor and tech journalist.

Wendi Ma

KEY STRENGTHS: Scientific computing, applied mathematics, machine learning


With the continuing rapid technological overhaul of power infrastructure, I believe the field is very rich in opportunities for applying machine and AI, particularly with respects to smart grid analytics, renewable energy sources and EVs.
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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) / Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Queensland

Entering the industry

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Redback Technologies as it was my first experience employing my knowledge in a practical/professional setting. It was very eye-opening joining a highly multi-multi-disciplinary team and seeing how people with different areas of expertise could join together to realise great ideas. It was also very satisfying taking ownership of a project of my own and seeing through its progress.

What I'm doing now

I'm currently undecided yet whether to directly take on a graduate job or to pursue further studies, but my long-term goal is join a cutting-edge industry research lab/RnD team as a research scientist. This is as I thoroughly enjoy working on long-term projects, trying out ambitious new ideas and keeping up with the latest in deep learning theory. A graduate job would be beneficial for getting a heard-start in industry experience, whilst a PhD is often required for Research Scientist roles and would allow me to further explore areas of interest and learn advanced research techniques.

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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Katrina Thomlinson

"There is value in every industry from diversity of thought and one way to bring diversity is employ more women in the workforce. Women bring different values, perspectives and approaches to solve the problems of today and into the future."

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What can I do next?

No matter if you're at high-school or at university, we have great programs and resources to get you started on your journey towards power engineering!

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