Achieving against the grain

BREAKING workplace stereotypes is one of the goals of the Swinburne University of Technology’s Women in Non-Traditional Areas of Work and Study Awards.

Perth’s Miriam Lyons, a chemical engineer, was one of nine award winners last year.

Ms Lyons won the ‘Less than Five Years in the Workforce Award’ for her work with WMC and Alcoa Australia.

As a graduate metallurgist, Ms Lyons worked for WMC Resources in South Australia, commissioning and establishing the performance of WMC’s new gold and silver mining facilities as well as training the all-male crew of operators.

She later studied at Curtin University and was one of two women to achieve a Masters of Mineral Economics in her academic year.

She is now an area chemical engineer at Aloca in Perth.

The awards seek to recognise the achievements of women in traditionally male-dominated professional fields.

There are nine award categories covering a range of industries, including student, workplace, technology, and finance awards. Winners receive $1000 and an expenses-paid trip to Melbourne to attend the awards ceremony on August 1.

If you think you know a Perth woman working in a ‘man’s world’, be sure to nominate them.

Further information can be obtained by visiting and search on ‘gender’.

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