• Boeing Defence Australia engineer recognised for leadership, community involvement and distinguished achievement.

    March 14, 2017

    Boeing Defence Australia mechanical engineering graduate Olivia Hutchinson has been awarded the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Kindler medal after exhibiting a distinguished record of achievement, leadership and student and community engagement throughout her academic studies.

    The Kindler medal is awarded to outstanding engineering students who carry on the Kindler legacy of engineering leadership left by civil engineer and QUT founder, John Ernest Kindler (1906-1968) in recognition of his advocacy for advancing the engineering profession.

    Hutchinson joined Boeing Defence Australia in August 2016 as a graduate systems support engineer on the Hawkei protected mobility vehicle project. This requires her to recommend the maintenance schedule during the design phase, for the Australian Army’s new $1.3 billion light armoured personnel carrier fleet.

    Boeing Defence Australia’s director of Human Resources, Melissa Davidson said the organisation was proud to have an inspiring female engineer shaping the future of the aerospace industry.

    “Boeing relies on attracting and retaining the best talent to keep us at the forefront of innovation and Olivia epitomizes those qualities,” said Davidson. “I am delighted to see her hard-work recognised and rewarded.”

    As part of the Dean’s Scholars program, Hutchinson completed an internship at Boeing subsidiary Insitu Pacific, was President of QUT Girls in Engineering Making Statements, and was a volunteer engineering tutor at the QUT Stimulate Centre. Hutchinson has also been heavily involved in promoting STEM careers to young women in high school.

    “While I was at University, I would always walk past the names of distinguished engineers on the Kindler medal plaque. To now be listed with them is a tremendous honour,” said Hutchinson.

    “I am extremely grateful to be recognised as an ambassador who will continue the Kindler legacy of advancing the engineering profession.”