Alumni Update | Issue Eight 2014

Five young guns fire for SA

A recent feature in the The Advertiser highlighted South Australia’s next generation of young guns: go-getters under 30 who are achieving big things for the state and in their own career fields.

University of South Australia graduates are well represented among those featured. Arts architecture and design graduates featured are: Emma Aiston and Daniel To, of DANIEL EMMA, both Bachelor of Industrial Design 2007; David Bickmore, Master of Architecture 2010; and Sam Wright, programming operations coordinator at Dark Mofo, Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Management) 2011.

Health graduates include Eleni Glouftsis, SANFL umpire, Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement & Health Studies) 2014 and Sarah Lenigas, project officer at Cancer Council SA, Bachelor of Health Science 2011.

Other rising stars featured include Tessa Henwood-Mitchell, founder of Tia International Aid, Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Social Work 2013; Chris Hooper, Partner in Cirillo Hooper & Company, Bachelor of Commerce 2012; Travis Ranson, Bachelor of Computer and Information Science 2012; and Bianca Amato, Bachelor of Environmental Science, 2014.

Bilal Abou-Mosleh
Bilal Abou-Mosleh, 24
Public Officer/Managing Director
1:1 Construction Pty Ltd
Master of Architecture, 2013


If I were Prime Minister I would . . . review “current legislation restricting young peoples’ ability to financially sustain themselves and access the appropriate assistance.”
Jeremy Millington
Jeremy Millington, 25
Managing Director/Company Secretary
1:1 Construction Pty Ltd
Master of Architecture, 2013


“We must try to mitigate our current environmental vandalism”.
Decomposition (series I)
Natasha Natale, 25
Sculptor
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass Specialisation), 2011

“To know my artwork is in a home/office/space which is being admired and appreciated on a daily basis is an amazing feeling.”
Themis Chryssidis
Themis Chryssidis, 29
Bachelor of Psychology UniSA 2007
Partner, Sprout Cooking School, dietitian, health professional, personal trainer

If I were Prime Minister I would . . . “reduce barriers and red tape for small business.”
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Julian O’Shea, 30
Engineer and Director of Engineers Without Borders
MBA, 2011

“I'd love Australia to be known as a world-class centre of education that's accessible to all.”

Bilal Abou-Mosleh, 24
Public Officer/Managing Director, 1:1 Construction Pty Ltd
Master of Architecture, 2013


Graduating in 2013 from UniSA’s Masters of Architecture, Bilal has channelled his extensive research on permanent structure analysis in war torn countries such as Lebanon and Palestine/Israel into how Australian construction methodologies can be adapted to increase the lifetime of our structures. Bilal is now a Managing Director at innovative design and construction firm 1:1 Construction with fellow UniSA Masters of Architecture graduate Jeremy Millington.

When you were at primary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Throughout primary school, I always dreamed of becoming a Fighter Pilot. I guess the reason for this was the speed. I loved the adrenaline rush of fast moving vehicles/crafts, and always found it fascinating how one has to respond so fast to so many different situations. Furthermore, I always loved Paramedics. I found them amazing as they were the first to help in situations of dire need. I always watched them in awe and fascination, the technique and speed behind everything they did was incredible.

What do you love most about what you do now?
I find the challenges and varying roles that I am placed in interesting and varied. I enjoy the independence of working outside the conventional boundaries set out by the Masters of Architecture program at UniSA. This requires continual professional development, the ability to think quickly and take decisive actions, to address the ongoing needs and demands of running a company.

Name someone who particularly inspires you?
My father. My whole life, I have been inspired by a man which I look up to and appreciate for everything he has done. He started in Australia as an immigrant from Lebanon with nothing. He based his life around creating the best environment for us to grow-up in, ensuring that education and awareness were key to anything we committed to in our lives. Throughout his life, he managed businesses which he owned himself, and grew them to sustain and provide for our family. He always made sure that the entire family was heard in the businesses actions, consulting us on the business at younger ages and appreciating younger generations’ opinions. A role model in my eyes for the aspirations and aims that I have formed over my life.

What is your favourite dot com and why?
http://content.time.com. I find 'Time magazine' sets itself a very broad and varied context, addressing different world issues and situations in a very reasonable and un-biased fashion. I enjoy reading articles based on people’s views presented in a way where all involved are heard and addressed.

If you were Prime Minister what's the first thing you would change?
The key issue facing our society is one of human rights and establishing equality and creating a socially coherent society. Current legislation restricting young peoples’ ability to financially sustain themselves and access the appropriate assistance is one area which I would focus on. It is the future leaders of our countries that our policies are currently limiting.

Jeremy Millington, 25
Managing Director/Company Secretary, 1:1 Construction Pty Ltd
Master of Architecture, 2013


Business partner of Bilal, and fellow class of 2013 Masters of Architecture graduate, Jeremy’s speciality is natural construction methods and sustainable design. Jeremy has introduced the “Superadobe” to Australia: a domed monolith made from earth and natural resources which provides a strong and sustainable structure which can be used for many purposes. Australia's first fully council approved, environmentally and structurally certified “Superadobe” structure is currently under construction near Port Adelaide.

When you were at primary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Initially I wanted to be a chemical engineer, but primary school, being the joyfully naive place it is, this soon dissipated. I found that as my interests grew, I became more interested in finding ways to apply science and combine this with creativity.

What do you love most about what you do now?
I have always been interested in pushing boundaries to find the best way to solve problems. Being in private practice continually throws you new challenges, and orchestrating the best solutions to these problems is what both empowers and excites me. This creative problem solving helps get the best outcomes for all involved, and while it may take more work to hone the solution, a quality result is always more satisfying.

Name someone who particularly inspires you?
The late Lebbeus Woods has always provided me with a sense of exploration and wonder in what can be considered within the built environment. At the same time, architect Kengo Kuma has a remarkable ability to make exquisite space by using local materials and refining the core of traditional location-specific design elements.

What is your favourite dot com and why?
Keep abreast of current events is essential in our modern climate, and as such (relatively) unbiased new sources interest me. The online sources of The Guardian, Al Jazeera online and Reuters provide a good structure for the more conventional ABC and BBC.

If you were Prime Minister what's the first thing you would change?
Our current political climate is challenging some of the core values in Australia and hampering our struggle toward a more egalitarian and non-discriminatory society. I believe that there are two core issues that must be addressed with urgency. We must try to mitigate our current environmental vandalism and help the holistic biological system in which we live; we must take environmental action. The second issue that deeply concerns me is our current dismissal of core human rights, both nationally and internationally. Political and media bias tints the looking glass through which we view humanitarian rights – this needs to stop.

Natasha Natale, 25
Sculptor
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass Specialisation), 2011


Since graduating from a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass Specialisation) at UniSA in 2011 with honours, Natasha Natale’s sculptures have been exhibited around Australia. Her blown and diamond-carved glass sculpture called Stump won the 2014 Emma Hack Art Prize, and Natasha was awarded with a solo exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre which will be held soon. She is also currently exhibiting in the Waterhouse exhibition at the SA Museum. Natasha’s creativity is not limited to the studio - she has recently opened a popular late-night Waffle Bar (Fudge It: Waffle Bar).

When you were at primary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? This is making me think. I wanted to be a chef, a police officer or a Power Ranger.

What do you love most about what you do now?
I love making things for others. To know my artwork is in a home/office/space which is being admired and appreciated on a daily basis is an amazing feeling.

Name someone who particularly inspires you?
Lino Tagliapietra! When I first discovered glass, I instantly fell in love with his art. His work has inspired my own. I was honoured enough to watch him create his work and had the privilege to meet him at the Canberra Glassworks when he was last in Australia in 2012.

What is your favourite dot com and why?
I’m not big on the internet. I don’t use it much. Besides Facebook for promoting my businesses, I’d have to say www.cmog.org Corning Museum of Glass website. There is a lot of useful information on there about glass, both past and present.

Themis Chryssidis, 29
Bachelor of Psychology UniSA 2007
Partner, Sprout Cooking School, dietitian, health professional, personal trainer


Themis runs Sprout Cooking with MasterChef 2010 runner up and Barossa chef, Callum Hann. They have been spreading the word around rural South Australia educating young people about healthy eating choices through cooking competitions, classes and demonstrations. Themis gained a Bachelor of Psychology at UniSA in 2007, is a qualified personal trainer and has a masters in Nutrition and Dietetics.

When you were at primary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In Year 7 I wanted to be a lawyer or a politician because I wanted to make a difference.

What do you love most about what you do now?
I love meeting people from all ages and backgrounds, listening to their stories and trying to inspire them. I love the challenge of proving to people they can believe in themselves. I love empowering people to change habits.

Name someone who particularly inspires you?
Rafael Nadal the tennis player. He’s disciplined and humble — he exemplifies determination.

What is your favourite dot com and why?
Taste.com.au and Calorieking.com.au and I spend a lot of time on restaurant directories and fresh produce market sites.

If you were Prime Minister what's the first thing you would change?
I would like to reduce barriers and red tape for small business to create incentives for people to take a risk and follow their dreams — and I would spend more money on preventative health measures.

Julian O’Shea, 30
Engineer and Director of Engineers Without Borders
MBA, 2011


Holding a Masters in Business Administration from UniSA and Masters of Engineering Science (Project Management) from University of New South Wales, Julian was well qualified to become director of Engineers without Borders – a movement of engineers, researchers and designers working in the field of humanitarian engineering to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities in Australia and in developing countries. Julian was a National Finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards 2014, and despite his love of travel will always call South Australia home.

When you were at primary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Like a lot of kids, I don't think I had a clear idea about what I wanted to do after school. That said, I always enjoyed Lego and the link from plastic bricks to engineering as a profession is a nice link. I think a childhood of watching Tin Tin was a nice inspiration to a career travelling the world. Working for Engineers Without Borders Australia ticks that box nicely.

What do you love most about what you do now?
I work for Engineers Without Borders Australia, a not-for-profit that applies engineering and technology projects to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities in Australia and across Asia. It's challenging but immensely rewarding work. The part of the role I love most is being able to work with amazing volunteers that share their energy, expertise and enthusiasm to build a better future with clean water, sustainable energy and educational opportunities for all.

Name someone who particularly inspires you?
I'm lucky to work with inspirational colleagues, members and community representatives every day. Earlier this year one of our members - Sheena Ong - produced a feature-length documentary called The Humanitarian Engineer, exploring how technically trained individuals can support communities in need. Her ambition and commitment to the program shone through, and it was an exceptional outcome from someone who had never made a film before. Truly inspiring.

What is your favourite dot com and why?
To be a little cheeky - www.ewb.org.au - a place where everyone (not just engineers!) can join a movement to fight poverty, volunteer and harness technology to build a better future.

If you were Prime Minister what's the first thing you would change?
I'd love Australia to be known as a world-class centre of education that's accessible to all.

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