Meet the Alumni

Words of advice from our Alumni

Do it! If you get to the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards you're doing something right so go further with it and learn from what you're doing. Plus there are huge prizes if you win!
A young girl in a doctor's uniform holding a small boy

Ranadi Vincent


Ranadi was a finalist in the investigations category of the 2014 awards for her work on the effects of supplying nitrogen to hydroponically-grown soybeans.

Angela Liao with another student at the BHP Awards camp

Angela Liao


Angela was a finalist for the investigations category in 2014 with her project on the effect of different flavours of chewing gum.

Callum Predavec


Callum Predavec is a problem solver, with his feet on the ground and his eyes firmly set on the stars. Not satisfied with mere earth-based engineering, Callum is determined to go beyond our atmosphere, and solve the problems of tomorrow, with a career in space engineering. He is well on the way to achieving this goal, while still studying for his year 12 exams.

Cynthia Lam standing in front of a microphone and computer screen

Cynthia Lam

Passion for science, social change, human rights and global health motivate 2013 finalist Cynthia Lam. Not only is she studying Medicine in Hong Kong, Cynthia is also busy working for an innovative social start-up she co-founded called ‘Pay it Forward’; running advocacy campaigns and capacity building sessions for peers; singing and playing the piano; and writing a blog about productivity at work and university and how she explores opportunities.

Simon Newton

Simon was a finalist in the 1997 awards. He has worked at Google and Uber as well as winnning an Emmy.

Hannah Sutton

Hannah Sutton


Hannah was a finalist in the 2015 awards for her project which investigated using weeds as a biofuel to reduce carbon emissions rather than corn to free up crop space by using an already available resource.

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Nick East


Nick from Canberra’s Lyneham High School was selected as a finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards in 2014 for investigating the biomedical applications of the silk protein produced by honeybees.

Meena Sivagowre Sritharan standing in front of a lake and trees

Meena Sivagowre Sritharan


Meena looked at the effect that water temperature has on the clean-up of oil spills by comparing different cleaning commonly-used methods to become a finalist in the 2011 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.

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Nripan Wilson


The only Western Australian finalist in 2015, Nripan was selected for his project which aimed to identify the optimal method of producing the best herbicide resistant wheat crops to control weeds while retaining yield and quality.

Stephanie Parsons sitting in front of a window

Stephanie Parsons


Stephanie was a finalist in 2010 for her investigation into fluoride ions in waterways and the effect it has on marine algae. She was also a finalist in 2008 for research into natural methods of preventing mosquitoes from growing.

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Lisa Sealey


Lisa was a finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards in 2009.

Claire Yung

Claire Yung


ACT Heptathlete, Claire combined her passion for long jump with her passion for science for her research project.

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Nicolas Johnston


Nicolas was a finalist in the 2011 awards for his project about the effects of violent media, such as video games, on physiological and psychological aggression levels in teenage boys. Nicolas was 16 years old when he participated in the awards.

Jake Coppinger on a stage wearing his glove invention

Jake Coppinger


Jake won third place in the engineering category of the awards in 2014 for his invention of the Swirlesque glove - a new and unique form of human-computer interaction. It recognises natural hand gestures and performs actions, communicating through smartphone apps.