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Meet STEM Hub's 
Geek Team

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If Australia ever hopes to turn out the scientists, technology specialists, engineers and mathematicians it will need in the coming decades, we need to stop the declining interest in STEM subjects. STEM Hub is working with industry, government and educators to build programs and educational resources to increase the engagement and confidence of students learning STEM.

We're also working on ways to dispel the old myth about STEM: that a "science brain" or a "math brain" is something you're born with. 


Dr. Jo Zimpel

Founder & CEO

A self proclaimed geek, Jo has 15 years' experience working in pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, mining, consulting, telecommunications, Defence, tertiary education and academia. 


She specialises in writing STEM educational material, facilitating workshops, and working with schools to redesign STEM curricula. 


Jo completed her PhD at Western Sydney University in Chemistry, holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and ISO9001 Auditor.

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Bobby Jaric


Bobby has over 25 years' experience as an infrastructure systems engineer in the private and public sector with organisations such as the Federal Court of Australia, Board of Studies, MTU Detroit Diesel, just to name a few. ​

He specialises in Windows Workstations and Servers, networking, routers and firewalls and vMware, and is embarking on a Bachelor of Cyber Security & Behaviour at Western Sydney University. 

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Laura McDowall

Head Curator STEM Events 

Laura is an experienced event manager with over 10 years' demonstrated experience at Kathmandu, Optus, and 3 Mobile. More recently she worked at Visy Board as a systems specialist.  

She is an operations professional skilled in event planning, production management, live events, and event management. 

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Natalie Heslop

Digital Marketing

Natalie is a digital media marketing, PR enthusiast and event manager who loves to find creative solutions for businesses to tell their stories. 


She has managed highly publicised events like Melbourne's Fashion Week while curating a career with Telstra, Toyota, ExxonMobil and BP. 


Nat is currently completing a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at RMIT.  

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Geek Team


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STEM Curator

Jessica D.

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Graphic Designer

Snezana S.

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Intern Wall of Fame 

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Ananya A.

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Amna W.

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Brendan C.

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