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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Kate Le Souef

 
KateL

Environmental Engineering

I have really benefited from volunteering for organisations I believe in and asking for advice from people who I admire.

I graduated from UWA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Applied Ocean Science. I chose this program because I love the ocean and have always enjoyed maths and science. I remember being fascinated to learn how the same rules of physics could be applied to fluids as small as your coffee cup and as huge as entire oceans. In fact, I was so amazed by the physics of the ocean that I went back to Uni a few years later to get my Masters in physical oceanography!

I currently manage a national shoreline clean-up program at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. We encourage volunteers to contribute to their local environment and prevent plastic pollution by coordinating shoreline clean-ups. I have previously worked as a consulting coastal engineer but I decided to pursue a career that has more public engagement and inspires direct action.

My engineering experience is valuable in my position, because of the practical, measured way that you are trained to think as an engineer. Understanding how ocean currents transport debris and plastic has also been useful to me for public presentations and when I interact with ocean scientists.

If you are unsure what specialisation is right for you, my advice is to choose a field of study that excites you. I really believe that when you passionately pursue something that interests you, weird and wonderful career opportunities will follow. I have also really benefited from volunteering for organisations I believe in and asking for advice from people who I admire.