The Wanago team
UTS Wanago provides a platform for teachers to build their teaching capacity, quality, and networks through the UTS community to increase STEM teaching quality in NSW.
Meet the Wanago team
Professor Myriam Amielh, External Engagement
Prof Myriam Amielh, who has more than 15 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary research projects within large commercial organisations, has been in the role of Associate Dean of External Engagement in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology since 2016.
The Faculty of Engineering and IT is home to a highly animated and diverse research environment, with more than 300 experts conducting forward-looking research across a broad range of technology areas – everything from data analytics and visualisation, Internet of Things, cyber security and quantum computing through to civil and environmental engineering, robotics, image processing and nanotechnology, to name but a few. Myriam's role includes connecting UTS’ industry partners with high-end research that is directly tied to real-world outcomes.
Myriam and the External Enagement team work with external partners ranging from start-ups to large corporate organisations or governmental agencies to discuss their innovative visions, identify the relevant technologies gaps and build research collaborations with the help of the faculty experts. Myriam and her team also provide support to external organisations wishing to offer internships or scholarships to the students of the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
UTS Wanago is managed under Myriam’s extensive portfolio.
Rosie Khan, Program Manager
Rosie is passionate about eradicating disadvantage and corruption in Australia, a ‘calling’ not just a passion.
Over the past 16 years, Rosie has strategically positioned herself to better understand the complex interplay of challenges and the struggles of disadvantaged communities with an aspiration to enter politics. Her calling has taken Rosie on a meaningful journey working in disability services, child protection, aged care, with refugees and newly arrived migrants, and on welfare reform initiatives in remote Indigenous communities in Cape York.
At the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Rosie was in a team of three that managed the transition and transfer of over 18,000 disability clients, found ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, to an alternative and/or mainstream support (and $200M in funding).
Rosie has demonstrated expertise in policy development, project and program management, and implementing policy reforms at the State and Federal levels and has completed a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) with Torrens University Australia.
Grant Odei, Head Teacher
Grant completed Charles Sturt University graduating with a Bachelor of Information Technology. He specialised in Computer Network Engineering and worked temporarily in various IT industries. In 2006 Grant completed a Master's degree with Western Sydney University in Secondary Teaching before making a career switch to teaching high school students where he thought he would have more impact on young people.
Grant has 13 years of experience in education. His teaching career has seen him teach at Meriden Girls and Granville Boys High School and now with UTS in the Wanago Program. Of the thirteen years, he has been Head Teacher of Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) for 7 years and has mentored other teachers who are now dedicated and passionate educators.
One of Grant’s achievements that he is most proud of is the introduction of STEM PBL during his time at Granville Boys High School. Grant has attained PBL coaching recognition from BIE in the USA.
Grant is part of the Wanago Program as a Secondary School Head Teacher and his current role is coordinating an exciting teaching and learning program in Engineering Studies and Software Design and Development. His portfolio also includes working with academics, school teachers, schools, and industry to ensure students are the ultimate beneficiaries of an enriched curriculum.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats
Devendra Reddy, Secondary School Teacher
Devendra graduated from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Education (Technology).
Devendra has 33 years of experience in effective teaching and promotion of TAS subjects in public school. He has facilitated professional learning to staff to achieve ongoing improvement in student engagement and retention in senior school. In the process, Devendra has lead teams in the development of differentiation in teaching programs, assessments, marking guidelines, and examination to cater for a range of learners.
Devendra’s ability to network with stakeholders and making links to industry and strengthen industry partnerships have enabled School to Work Programs, community partnerships, and career pathways. He has always been compliant with NESA requirements for teaching and learning, HSC Marking, HSC Exam Writing and Standards setting, applying professional ethics to the teaching and learning process. He has also facilitated skills workshops and networks for new teachers to build teacher capacity. These experiences have led to improvements in student engagement, student retention, and students’ level of achievement.
George Stamell, Secondary School Teacher
George attended Randwick Boys High School and Studied Accounting at NSWIT and began teaching soon after. He spent 47 years teaching at various NSW secondary schools. He mainly taught Economics, Commerce, and Geography.
In the late 1980s computing was introduced and Computing Studies became an HSC subject. George moved from the Social Sciences into the new world of personal computing. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Data Processing at UTS and started teaching the Preliminary and HSC Computing Studies courses. He has also completed his computer Studies Masters course through Deakin University.
George was instrumental in guiding his school’s pathway into IT on administrative levels as well as curriculum. His work in public schools had been noticed by some well-known private sector schools and they offered George various positions, but ultimately George chose to remain in the public system. To him, family and public service came first.
George has recently become employed with UTS in the Faculty of Engineering and IT on The Wanago Program. His current role is as a teacher of Software Design and Development (Preliminary and HSC courses) offered to senior high school students which may be unavailable at their individual schools.