Some of the best names in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research will offer valuable insight into various fields of study when Griffith University’s STEM Showcase touches down in Mackay on May 29 and Rockhampton on May 30.

Griffith University experts with expertise in wide-ranging STEM industries including engineering, environmental science, aviation, IT and urban planning will be on hand to answer prospective students’ questions into the diverse programs offered at the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan campuses.

Associate Professor Gui Lohmann said, who is the head of Aviation at Griffith University, said the STEM Showcase is a fantastic way for future students to explore the many scientific careers available to them through one-on-one time with Griffith’s STEM experts.

“The STEM Showcase is the only travelling showcase where prospective students in regional locations can ask an expert face to face who has relevant advice for their dream career,” Associate Professor Lohmann said.

“For example, students who are interested in a career in aviation will discover that Griffith’s aviation degrees have been developed in conjunction with industry leaders, ensuring the needs of industry are met and our graduates have the skills employers want.”

Reza Akbarzadeh.

Reza Akbarzadeh is an Electrical Rotational Engineer at Aurizon in Rockhampton who graduated from Griffith University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He manages parts of the electrical overhead construction work for the Central Queensland Coal Network.

Mr Akbarzadeh said studying at Griffith exposed him to various areas of study and helped prepare him for a career in electrical engineering.

“As engineering positions are becoming increasingly competitive, it is an advantage to experience and acquire a versatile background. This diversity of knowledge can also lead to a better chance of career progression,” he said.

Mr Akbarzadeh also set up the Reza Akbarzadeh Engineering Scholarship, as a way of giving back to the university that helped put him on the road to a rewarding career.

“As a student, I found it difficult to balance work, study and extracurricular activities. An unexpected bill could mean spending more time working and less time performing engineering related works. So, as a way of giving back to the community, I decided to set up this scholarship to enable and encourage students to do more at university without worrying about their finances,” Mr Akbarzadeh said.’

Thomas Gardiner.

Thomas Gardiner graduated Griffith in 2014 with a double degree – a Bachelor in Urban Environment and Planning and Bachelor in Science and Environment – with first class honours.

He is now the Senior Planner for Rockhampton Regional Council and oversees a small team in the review of development applications lodged to council, and recently took out the Planning Institute of Australia’s Young Planner of the Year Award in Perth.

STEM Showcase participants will also receive valuable one-on-one advice from each Griffith University expert on how best to place themselves in tomorrow’s job market as well as find out more about the diversity and uniqueness of Griffith’s STEM programs.

Join Griffith University and its STEM experts for an interactive and informative evening at the following locations:

Mackay May 29,Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, Alfred St.
Rockhampton May 30, Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton, 86 Victoria Pde.
Darwin June 13, Novotel Darwin CBD, 100 The Esplanade, Darwin.

Doors open at 3:30pm and the event runs until 7pm with presentations at 4pm and 6pm. For more details visit and register at