ABOUT US

Meet our awesome STEAM Powered Kids Team. We are a group of passionate STEM advocates, who are in STEM professions and are working hard to provide high quality programs for students.

Nirasha Welikala
Founder and Facilitator

B.Eng Elec (Hons), MEM

Nirasha has over 17 years’ experience in various engineering and technology companies, such as IBM, Tyco, Dyno Nobel, Lactalis and Schneider Electric. She has a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters, in Engineering Management. She also has a certificate IV in training and assessment and is looking to pursue a Phd in STEM education next year. Her expertise are in , process improvement methodologies, industrial engineering, manufacturing, electronics and training. She has designed and developed several training programs for adults and children.

Megan Galloway
Facilitator

Aerospace Eng (Student)

Megan is an aerospace engineering student at Griffith university and has a passion for pushing the limits! She has always loved teach and sharing knowledge and believes in leaning something new everyday. She been tutoring school students in Science and Mathematics for over 5 years. In the future Megan hops to build rockets and hoping to get to Mars one day!

Chantelle Lloyd
Party Host, Facilitator

Mechanical Engineering (Student)

Sandra Murphy
Facilitator

Grad Dip in Education

Sandra Murphy studied at Sydney University and University of Western Sydney to receive her Education degree to teach in Computing Studies, Information Technology, TAS (woodwork, Metal, textiles work and (3D printing in 2010)). She has taught VET certificates in Information Technology and IDMT (Digital Media) and has her certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has taught in schools in NSW and QLD both private and public school systems. Ms Murphy has been teaching Digital technology and STEM subjects for last 13 years. She has taught coding and robotics and is interesting in developing gaming design and development. She is a specialist teacher in the Education sector.

Stefany Jeong
Blog Writer

Stefany has graduated from the Queensland Academies - Health Sciences Campus in 2017 and has completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, with subjects comprising of English/Mathematics and Chemistry/Biology/Psychology  at higher level (first year university equivalent She has conducted her own research thesis on antibiotic resistance and improving antibiotic potency using lactoferrin found in milk.  She has been awarded 1st Place at the Gold Coast Science Competition Investigations Category (2017), highly commended in Science Teachers Association Queensland Competition, she was a National finalist at the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards (2018). She also qualified to represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (2018). She is also a Speaker/Mentor at Woodridge State High School in celebration of National Science Week (2018).

Dr.GhazalehTaherzadeh
Consultant/Facilitator

Ph.D, MSc 

Chantelle is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Griffith University. She a highly motivated person with a passion for sports and education.

Dr. Gazelle Taherzadeh received her PhD in Computational Biology (Bioinformatics) from school of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Australia. She received her bachelor’s degree in software engineering in 2010, and her MSc degree in artificial intelligence in 2013.

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