Aerospace engineer and pilot, Renee Wootton, from CAE Australia has been named one of Australia’s official Superstars of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Wootton is one of 60 women in STEM who was recognised recently by Australia’s Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews as part of Science & Technology Australia’s game-changing Superstars of STEM program.
Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gave women in STEM stronger skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media. “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM leadership roles. The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician look like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them. We can’t thank the Australian Government enough for its strong support of this important program, which is already having a profound impact. Sustaining this type of program for the long-term is more important than ever amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce.”
Wootton said she was thrilled to have been chosen from a very competitive national field. “I’m really grateful to be a part of this program and to contribute to Science & Technology Australia’s mission to empower and inspire women to purse a STEM Career. I hope my story and contribution will make a difference for the next generation of women.”
Wootton currently works as a project engineer for CAE Australia where she is supporting the upgrade of the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J training systems. Wootton is an aerospace engineer and has also recently completed her training and received her commercial pilot’s license and multi-engine instrument Rating.
Supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, these next 60 Superstars of STEM will participate in the program in 2021 and 2022.