Kerin Named Superstar Of STEM

Nov. 18, 2022
Process safety expert Trish Kerin will serve as a role model for diversity in science and technology.
Patricia (Trish) Kerin, director of the IChemE Safety Centre, Institution of Chemical Engineers, adds another distinction to her resume: Superstar of STEM – a group of 60 diverse scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who will step into the media spotlight in 2023-2024 as science experts. The new Superstars reflect the strong diversity of women and non-binary people in Australian science and technology, according to a press release from Science & Technology Australia.

“I’ve always been a fan of the way the Superstars of STEM program pushes to deliver a diverse STEM workforce and ensures the next generation of scientists and technologists have visible role models,” says Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic.

Science & Technology Australia CEO Misha Schubert says the program gives women and non-binary talent in STEM crucial skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.

“We know it’s really hard to be what you can’t see,” Schubert says. “That’s why this game-changing program is helping to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician looks like.

“By becoming highly visible role models in the media, these Superstars of STEM are showing our diverse next generations of young people – especially our girls and non-binary kids – that STEM is for them.”

Kerin, who was recently named Women In Safety Leader of the Year, serves as the subject matter expert in the Process Safety With Trish & Traci podcast series. She spent several years working in design, project management, operational, safety and executive roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries. She served on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

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