• Boeing Defence Australia graduate Karl Domjahn represents Australia in 20 Twenties Awards

    May 23, 2017

    Brisbane-based Boeing Defence Australia graduate, Karl Domjahn, has become the only Australian to be recognised in Aviation Week’s 2017 Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties.

    Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) collaborated with universities around the world to identify the top 20 students who are pushing the boundaries of science.

    “Each year the 20 Twenties Awards remind us that the future of humanity depends on the work of today’s young people, no matter where they come from around the globe,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director.

    “These award winners are using their insights, skills, and talents to push science, technology, engineering and math to points beyond today’s knowns, and are doing the work that makes tomorrow’s dreams possible.”

    At just 23 years old, Domjahn is already making strides in the aerospace industry, currently working as a Boeing Defence Australia graduate mechanical engineer on one of the most advanced air battlespace management capabilities in the world, the E-7A Wedgetail.

    “I work with the System Engineering Integration and Test team, conducting ground and flight test planning for the E-7A Wedgetail at the Royal Australian Air Force base Amberley,” said Domjahn.

    Domjahn began his Boeing career in 2015 as an intern through the Boeing Defence Australia Summer Vacation Program while studying a Bachelor and Masters of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with the University of Queensland (UQ).

    “My interest in aerospace goes back as long as I can remember. I liked math, science and problem solving, so engineering was the next logical step. Of all the Engineering streams, aerospace was by far the coolest,” said Domjahn.

    “I first met Boeing through the Australian Youth Aerospace Association and found them to be the most prominent aerospace company in Australia. They have a great reputation and offered the opportunity to work on projects with a global impact.

    “The work I’m doing shows that aspirational and talented young leaders don’t have to move overseas to get into the aerospace industry. You can start your career right here in Australia with Boeing, one of the biggest names in the industry.”

    Boeing Defence Australia chief engineer Stephen Hudson said Domjahn’s achievements underscored the importance of partnerships between industry and universities to provide career pathways into aerospace.

    “After meeting Karl through the UQ-affiliated aerospace association, we invited him to join our Summer Vacation Program while he completed his studies. Then we invited him to join us full time as a graduate,” said Hudson

    “He’s a great example of Boeing working in partnership with universities to support the next generation of innovators to pursue an exciting career in the cutting-edge, high-tech aerospace industry.”

    University of Queensland Lecturer Dr Ingo Jahn recommended Karl for the award.

    “Karl has been a high achieving student throughout his academic career, however what sets him apart is his active involvement and promotion of aerospace engineering. We now have our first student design team working on an autonomous UAV,” said Jahn.

    “The award is confirmation of our ability to provide world-class engineering graduates, ready for the challenges of tomorrow.”

    In addition to his coursework, Domjahn established the University of Queensland Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Design Challenge team, completed his thesis on sounding rockets at the Mobile Rocket Base with German aerospace centre DLR, undertook an exchange to Purdue University in the US and is currently the Secretary for the Australian Youth Aerospace Association.

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