Name: Waylon Fung STEM Stream: Environmental Engineering
Year: Recent graduate University: University of New South Wales
Wireframe concept that RSE team developed for Wattblock
Waylon joined our first STEM Leaders Program in December 2016, fresh after finishing his environmental engineering degree at UNSW. He applied for the program because he was captivated by the opportunity to network and develop himself professionally.
He worked on a project provided by RSE’s partner company – Wattblock, with several other environmental engineering students. The students helped Wattblock develop a minimum viable product for a smart phone app. The app allows people to interact via voice and touch screen with a continually learning AI building (you can read more here). During the 5 day program, Waylon partook in various professional development workshops that taught him the skills necessary to become a well-rounded professional. The program also gave him the chance to meet industry professionals, making valuable connections.
“The program was run very well and I especially enjoyed undertaking the industry project with RSE’s partner company Wattblock”
Wattblock offered internships to the entire environmental stream to continue the project they had begun during the STEM Leaders Program. Waylon, however, secured a paid internship as a Data Analyst following that internship and continued working for the company. In addition to his role at Wattblock, Waylon also landed a job as a programming tutor with Code Create through one of the contacts he met through networking at STEM Leaders Program.
“The opportunity to teach programming to primary and middle school students has been very rewarding and I owe it to my participation in the SLP”
We are proud to call Waylon an alumni of our STEM Leaders Program and are extra proud of his efforts. It’s very gratifying for us to hear about the success stories of our participants, like Waylon, following their participation. It lets us know that we are achieving what we set out to do and motivates us to continue. That is, helping STEM students bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace and helping them land jobs. Waylon is not the only one who has had success following our STEM Leaders Program. Be sure to check back in the following weeks for more success stories.
If you are a STEM student interested in having the opportunity to develop your soft skills and technical skills be sure to check out our STEM Leaders Program here. We hold two programs a year so if you missed out on the last one then don’t fret. We also host a range of professional development workshops throughout the university semester. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news on our program. If you’d like to read more about Wattblock’s involvement with RSE click here.