Inspired by industry projects during her studies and the need for more women in STEM, Thea Mucas is blazing a trail in environmental engineering.
I am hoping to see continuous growth in the numbers of women in STEM and further encouragement for younger generations of females to pursue these fields.
As a young kid, I was always really interested in creatively solving problems and taking things apart to find out how they work. It eventually led me to exploring STEM and joining an engineering program in high school. I’ve continued to pursue engineering ever since then.
I chose RMIT as my university because of the industry links that it integrates into programs and I really admired the global mindset that's encouraged in your learning and uni life. In choosing a specific field, environmental engineering in particular resonated with me as it is a human-centred and ecologically conscious area of expertise.
I found industry projects to be really engaging. It’s amazing to be able to utilise the theory work you’ve accumulated throughout your studies into real life applications. In engineering in particular, we experience this quite early in our course program from the Engineers Without Borders Challenge. It’s a great opportunity to grasp an idea of what projects we may be involved in, in our future careers.
My main advice would be to stay true to yourself and your passions, and to just give it a go! It takes a lot of courage to pursue a field where we are underrepresented. Don’t be discouraged just because some may see it as unconventional. Who’s to say being different is a bad thing?
Increasing exposure of available pathways in STEM for women and giving female STEM role models a platform should be encouraged in order to empower the future of women in STEM.
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that there’s definitely a lot of lessons to learn. Both in your own course and in life. You will grow so much professionally and personally during your time in university, being open to change and new experiences will encourage these developments.
I hope my program will lead me to a great engineering consulting firm that will allow me to undertake challenges that push boundaries in innovation and perhaps integrate international travel or aspects into it, too.
I have also been involved in the RMIT Cheerleading Club ever since my first year. It has been an amazing opportunity to meet so many people and gain so much experience in being in a team environment and within a competitive sport. Being part of extracurriculars are not only fun but they also help you with discipline and self management through organising and balancing your time.”