Final report from Tara-Lee MacArthur

I commenced my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship in September 2018 and my final report has now been published and is accessible here.

Thank you for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship. I am truly honoured to receive it. It is an even greater honour to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past recipients, some of whom have been colleagues at one time or another and all of whom have made significant contributions to Queensland’s energy future.

It has been the most intense year of growth for me and the scholarship has had an enormous impact on my professional career. I have spent the last three months in an intensive development program in Germany. I have been fortunate enough to be able to focus more on power transformers and their components, venturing into new areas of research and development, work alongside the top transformer experts and visit world-class facilities. Working overseas opens up so many options for my career as a woman in engineering and it’s great that companies are willing to bring me on to projects and roles for such short durations. I know I’ll learn so much from each of these placements and I’m excited that I can bring a different perspective to the work they’re doing at the companies that I’m working for. This is my passion and it’s an exciting new career pathway for me. In addition to this work, I attended the biennial CIGRE Session in Paris and IEEE Transformers Committee meeting in Jacksonville, USA and have been able to go on a number of site visits in Germany. These activities gave me some insight into the latest in transformers developments taking place around the world and gave me an opportunity to network with leading transformer experts. I hope to continue the collaboration and work to maintain the new relationships I have formed. Without the scholarship, these extra and highly beneficial opportunities wouldn’t have been possible.