Meet Emily Crozier - Camp Scholarship Winner 2018
Emily Crozier is a forward thinking young engineer, with a passion for reaching out to those on the fringe. Her belief is that with a broad range of perspectives, barriers to solving the most challenging wicked problems can fall away. Emily practices this mindset in her current career, as an ambassador for UTS Women in Engineering + IT (WiEIT); as she currently works to inspire female high school students to pursue STEM careers.
Emily reached a turning point within her first year of Engineering and BCII, when Ashley Weeny (the former Student Coordinator for WiEIT) encouraged her to take some control over the future of her chosen industry. Since this experience, Emily has now developed a strong passion and social responsibility for evoking change through this outreach mentality. Emily’s dream career state in ten years would allow her to facilitate equal accessibility for marginalised or isolated members of any given community in need. As she feels that bringing a diverse range of perspectives to collaboration, will ultimately allow better quality solutions to flourish and be successfully implemented.
As the recipient of the 2018 FTDi x CAMP Program Scholarship, Emily will work alongside over 100 other transdisciplinary program participants in Sydney and Beijing. The program’s mission is to foster cross-cultural connection and empower millennials to generate transformative, global business solutions. So, Emily plans to bring her entrapreneurial mindset and appreciation for diversity to the table as her secret weapon.
Congratulations on your Scholarship Emily. We wish you the best of luck in your completion of the 2018 CAMP Program.
For more insight into the Program and Emily’s University experience so far, check out her Q&A with FTDi below.
Emily tell us about yourself and what you are studying at UTS
"I recently completed my final year of BCII (Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) in 2017, whilst this year I will be finishing off my fifth and final year of engineering study. In late 2017 my BCII capstone concluded with the Australian Air Force. My role consisted of working to solve how niche skill sets could be better incorporated into military strategy; as the ‘battlefield’ shifts from a physical means to a digital domain. We did this through following methodologies like the Kees Dorst framework and starting at grass root culture changes to attract these skills. This experience really taught me that I find passion in creating innovative solutions for diverse groups, as our hands on approach revealed RAAF was an organisation ’for the people, by the people’. Additionally, I am an acting Women in Engineering board member for Engineers Australia. I’m really grateful for the organisations like UTS that support female engineering, as without outreach initiatives, engineering will fail to reach the level of diversity it needs to deliver innovative solutions."
So, what is the CAMP Scholarship and why did you want to apply?
"The Camp Scholarship involves an intensive program over a four-month period, with an online and ‘think tank’ component across Sydney and Beijing. The program itself connects innovative, young leaders with the tools to address real-world, global challenges."
"Coming from a family that likes to push the envelope and encourages a bit of risk taking, I was essentially hit with a ‘why not?’ response. With the prospect of travelling to an innovation and engineering ‘powerhouse’ like China, I was immediately drawn to the opportunity. I have also never had a solo travelling experience; which we are strongly encouraged to participate in with BCII through global studio subjects."
"In my fifth and final year of engineering, I also desired a means to reconnect to my transdisciplinary roots. The CAMP program would allow me to do exactly that, whilst engaging with different demographics other than just student participants."
What did you have to do to win the scholarship?
"I filled out an online application over a few days so I could really assess my true motivations for pursuing a spot within the program. I found this process of reflection quite natural at this time in my university journey, as my fourth year of BCII involved much soul searching for what ’future me’ might look like."
"When completing my application, I spoke about my passion for outreach activities; as I believe innovators can only deliver quality solutions when we embrace diversity. After this process was complete, I was really excited to be notified that I’d received a CAMP scholarship, courtesy of FTDi."
What’s the plan once you get to Beijing in March
"Firstly, I need to sort out my passport, but I’m really excited to immerse myself into the experience; part of this will include detaching from social media as there are various restrictions within China. I want to focus on making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, creating meaningful ties with the startups and think tanks I’ll be collaborating with. I’d certainly say I have quite an intrapreneurial mindset, so I’m keen to create as much meaningful impact on the ground as possible."