For the second year running, Lockheed Martin Australia and Edith Cowan University (ECU) have announced two ECU graduates have been awarded Lockheed Martin Australia’s student achievement prizes for 2021.
The prizes form part of a three-year partnership with ECU to nurture Australia’s next generation of computer science experts.
Alyssa Booth was awarded the Lockheed Martin Australia Women in Computing and Security Award; and George Shomali was awarded the Lockheed Martin Australia Computer Science Award recognising excellence across the fields of computer science and cyber.
Booth said she first became interested in advanced computing in Year 10.
“I love the endless possibilities of programming and the challenge of finding a solution and using my creativity to enhance the final product,” she said. “The degree challenged me to tackle complex computing concepts. With the support of my family and ongoing determination, it’s incredible to have been recognised by this award.”
As a young child, George Shomali has always been fascinated by how technology and computer science can shape the world.
“Witnessing the impacts that technological vulnerabilities can have on critical processes and infrastructure inspired me to choose computer science, so I can mitigate potential cyber threats and protect our way of life," he said, “The award is a testament to the effort, perseverance and dedication throughout my studies. Being recognised for this achievement motivates me to strive further afield.”
Lockheed Martin Australia’s AIR6500 Capture Manager, Kendell Kuczma, commended the students and said, “I congratulate Alyssa and George on their remarkable achievement of demonstrating excellence within computer science.
“We are honoured to partner with Edith Cowan University, and universities across the country to grow Australia’s future STEM workforce needed to shape, deliver and sustain our nation’s cyber security initiatives.”