Meet our alumni
Our world-class graduates are found in 121 countries across the world. Meet just some of our outstanding alumni below and be inspired by their stories of achievement.
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Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Canberra
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) 1999; Graduate Diploma in Health Science 1993
Faculty of Education and Arts
In 2013, Aunty Kerrie Doyle became the first Indigenous Australian woman to graduate from Oxford University, with a Masters of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention. Since 2009 she has been Assistant Professor for Indigenous Health at the University of Canberra. Her teaching has made a significant impact on ensuring the cultural proficiency of Australian health care practitioners and cemented her place as a role model for Aboriginal people.
Aunty Kerrie is a mission-born Aboriginal woman who grew up on Darkingjung country. After leaving school at 16, she became a general nurse and worked for Gosford District Hospital on the Central Coast. At 33, Aunty Kerrie enrolled at UON and became the University's first Indigenous psychology graduate. She holds postgraduate qualifications including a Master of Indigenous Health, Master of Health Management, Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Mental Health and Social and Emotional Well-being. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Australian National University researching social inclusion in Aboriginal communities. In 2011, Aunty Kerrie was a finalist in the Indigenous Alumni category of the UON Alumni Awards.
Chief Financial Officer, Arrium
Bachelor of Commerce 1987
Faculty of Business and Law
Robert Bakewell's extensive financial and global commercial experience spans more than 25 years. The Bachelor of Commerce graduate joined the ASX listed international mining and materials company Arrium Limited (formerly OneSteel Limited) in April 2010. In the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he is responsible for accounting, tax, risk management, treasury, business planning, legal and company secretarial.
Robert has worked in professional accounting firms across Australia and overseas and served as Director of Steel & Tube Holdings Limited. Prior to his Arrium appointment, Robert was Group Senior Vice-President and CFO for the global Power Products Division of Zurich-based ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, with direct responsibility and control for the financial management of the company's largest division. Robert enjoyed a 16-year career with ABB and held other senior roles such as Financial Controller, Company Secretary and internal audit roles in Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. ABB has revenues of US$35 billion and employs more than 100,000 people.
Photo source: www.arrium.com/about-us/corporate-governance/management
Senior Technical Director, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Bachelor of Engineering 2003
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Australian expat Yasser Hamed was granted permanent residence in the US in the category of 'Alien of extraordinary ability in the arts or sciences', a category reserved for the likes of Nobel Prize winners and the few who have reached the top of their field and international acclaim. Based in Hollywood, Yasser has cemented his name in the film industry as a special effects software guru and worked with the academy award-winning studios Animal Logic, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Walt Disney studios on a number of feature films including Warner Bros. Happy Feet, Disney's Tangled, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Sony's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Paramounts Beowulf, and most recently Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.
Yassar got the chance to work on Happy Feet partly as a result of a final-year engineering project at UON. The project, for which he received a high distinction, allowed him to combine engineering with his hobby of computer-generated graphics and image processing.
Since April 2010, Yasser has held the positions of Senior Technical Director, Crowds Lead and Crowds Supervisor with Walt Disney Animation Studios. In 2010, he received the UON Newton-John Alumni Award for his innovative contributions to the film industry.
Phillip Ruthven AM
Bachelor of Science 1962
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Phillip Ruthven is regarded as one of Australia's leading analysts and forecasters in areas such as job trends and business and investment movements. Phillip is a UON science graduate with postgraduate qualifications in management and economics. He spent more than 10 years in the food industry – including executive positions in research, production and marketing – before establishing IBISWorld in 1971. IBISWorld operates Australia, the US, China, the UK and Canada providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services to more than 1600 of Australia's large corporations and government authorities and more than 2000 major US corporate and institutional clients. The company has grown to employ more than 200 people.
Phillip regularly contributes to radio, television, newspapers, magazines and documentaries on business, economic and social issues. A sought-after speaker, Phillip has presented at congresses, seminars and conferences in Australia and overseas for the past three decades. He is currently an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and has previously held the positions of board member of the Melbourne Institute, Director of Open Family Australia, and Director of Committee of Economic Development Australia. In 2014 he was honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to business, commerce and to the community.
Photo source: www.ibisworld.com.au/about/chairman/
Associate Professor Jane Taylor OAM
Associate Professor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle
Doctor of Philosophy (Oral Health) 2009; Graduate Certificate in The Practice Of Tertiary Teaching 2007
Faculty of Health and Medicine
Associate Professor Jane Taylor is a world-leading expert in the field of forensic dentistry who has provided service to communities in Australia and throughout the world. Jane played a critical role in identifying victims of the Bali bombing in 2002, the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand in 2004, and the most devastating natural disaster in Australia – the Victorian bushfires of February 2009. In recognition of her services, Jane was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in 2003, an Overseas Humanitarian Service Award in 2007 and an Australian Police Operations Medal in 2009.
Jane is currently the Associate Professor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle's School of Health Sciences. She has played a key role in a number of community dental initiatives, including the Oral Health Clinic at the Ourimbah campus and the Free Mobile Oral Health Van staffed by students from the Central Coast campus. As a Visiting Dental Officer with the Sydney South West Area Health Service, she also regularly undertakes forensic work at the Glebe and Newcastle mortuaries.