Human-centred software engineering expert named a Superstar of STEM

Associate Professor Rashina Hoda, Associate Dean (Academic Workforce) of the Faculty of Information Technology has been named in the 2021-22 Superstars of STEM program.

Associate Professor Hoda is among 60 exceptional women across science, technology, engineering and mathematics who have been chosen for this acclaimed national program.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews today officially announced those chosen for Science & Technology Australia’s prestigious Superstars of STEM program in 2021-22.

Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gives women in STEM stronger skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.

“It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM leadership roles. The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician looks like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them.”

Associate Professor Hoda said she is thrilled to have been recognised alongside such a talented group of women in STEM.

“I’m very privileged to be announced as a Superstar of STEM and I’m looking forward to becoming a role model to inspire more girls and women to pursue STEM by increasing the public profile of women in STEM,” said Associate Professor Hoda.

Associate Professor Hoda is an expert in agile software development, software teams and project management, and human-computer interaction. Her work spans educational game design for 21st century skills and human-centred design for smart energy consumption.

Supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the Superstars of STEM will participate in the program in 2021 and 2022.