• Winner of the Engineering category: Louise Burr of the RAAF.
    Winner of the Engineering category: Louise Burr of the RAAF.

With less than two weeks left until the close of entries for ADM’s Women in Defence Awards (WIDA) 2022, ADM is taking a look back at the winners of our 2021 awards across nine categories.

The Engineering category recognises the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within the engineering field. This category is open to all disciplines within the engineering community.

The 2021 winner was Louise Burr of the Royal Australian Air Force. A Special Mention was also awarded to Amy Ormrod of Terra Schwartz.

Throughout 2020, Louise was responsible for delivery of $1.5 billion worth of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter facilities across RAAF Bases Williamtown and Tindal under Air 6000.

Louise drove accountabilities relating to the management of hundreds of critical ICT and security-related defects at the Tindal F-35 facilities to ensure passive ICT and security accreditation deadlines were achieved on critical path to F-35 First Aircraft Arrival.

She was responsible for spearheading a short notice installation of additional Aircraft Arrestor Systems at RAAF Base Williamtown to mitigate the risk associated with deficiencies in F-35 wet runway braking and arresting hook performance.

It is worth noting that Louise achieved all of these objectives, and many more, whilst home-schooling three primary-aged children during COVID-19 restrictions during 2020.

The other finalists in the WIDA 2021 Engineering category were: Lieutenant Commander Natalie Stafford of the Royal Australian Navy, Squadron Leader Emily Carrie of the Royal Australian Air Force, Jennifer Del Mastro of Nova Systems and Dr Sarah Cannard of Nova Systems.

Entries for the WIDA 2022 awards close on Tuesday 17th May. Submit your nomination here, or contact Associate Publisher Kylie Leonard for more information.

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