​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT) graduates are highly focused, balanced and inte​rnationally-minded citizens. Our graduates are well prepared for study at university level and have sought careers in various fields including:

  • Medicine

  • Science

  • Health

  • Engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Law

  • Psychology

  • Education

  • Business

  • The Arts.

We love to hear from our QASMT graduates. Please contact with graduate news you wish for us to share. 

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Samantha Nixon​

Dr Samantha Nixon is a former QASMT graduate and arachnophobe, turned venoms scientist and spider advocate at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland. Her research harnesses the unique chemistries in venoms to develop new medicines, biotechnologies and pharmacological tools. Samantha is an avid explorer, working around the world from the Amazon, to Outback Australia and Antarctica. She is a passionate advocate for addressing inequality in STEM, education and leadership through science communication and hopes sharing her passion for spiders will help inspire the next-generation of Australian scientists. Samantha has been recognised with the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, the UQ Global Change Scholar Award and Young Science Ambassador Award. Samantha was recently awarded the 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize, the 2020 Women in Technology Young Science Achiever Award and the 2020 Green Talent Award from the German Ministry of Education and Research, recognising her as one of the top 25 young leaders in science for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. Samantha's science communication excellence has been recognised with appearances on Channel 10's Scope, Totally Wild, ABC Catalyst and represented Australia at the 2021 British Council FameLab Science Communication Finals, where she was international runner-up.​

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Clint Therakam

“The rigour of the IB diploma has taught me the importance of not just studying hard but also studying smart by using targeted learning. Hence, QASMT helped me build a strong academic skill set (especially with higher level maths and physics) - critical for my Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Academics aside, my significant involvement in leadership roles such as the Director of Science Ambassadors and the Alumni Tutoring Coordinator has really refined my soft skills. These communication and leadership skills have led to engineering industry experience in Japan and an aerospace internship position.”

Clint graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and currently works full time for The University of New South Wales Canberra Space, at the Australian National Concurrent Design Facility.

Clint was named Australia’s 2021 Graduate of the Year for the SpaceConnect Australian Space Awards. His work in launching two cube-satellites and his thermal engineering expertise at UNSW Canberra earned him this accolade. Clint is now working on a new satellite - The Australian Space Agency’s first funded satellite mission, ‘Spirit.’


Keren Shi

Keren was a foundation student at QASMT who went on to study Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at UQ. This saw her join the Royal Australian Navy as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer (Electronics Engineer) upon completing her degree.

During her time in the Navy, Keren has been to seven different countries and travelled around Australia with the ship or on training courses. After serving on HMAS Canberra, Australia’s Flag Ship from 2017 to 2019, Keren was selected to work in a Civilian Company, CEA Technologies, an Australian Company which builds world leading advanced Radar Systems for Defence and the US military.

Keren is currently working in the Directorate of Navy Engineering in the Radar Engineer position.


Ganesh Jegatheesan

Ganesh graduated from QASMT in 2008 and was President of the Academy Representative Council (ARC). After Year 12, Ganesh studied a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at The University of Queensland, and later graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Laws. Whilst at UQ, he was elected President of the University of Queensland Law Society in 2012.

After working as a Policy Adviser in Federal Parliament to the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Ganesh worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and as a Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Sifris and the Honourable Justice Croft at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He is presently a Barrister at the Victorian Bar with a broad commercial practice specialising in corporations and securities, banking and financial services, equity and trusts and common law proceedings. He is also a Law Reporter for the Australian Corporations and Securities Reports.


Verity Bell

“I remain enormously grateful for the outstanding education I received at QASMT which gave me the confidence to pursue higher education overseas”.

Verity graduated from QASMT in 2011 and after studying law overseas was called to the Bar of England and Wales to practise as a barrister in this jurisdiction.

Verity currently works as a judicial assistant in the High Court of England and Wales, predominantly working on cases concerning adults who may lack the capacity to make decisions about their medical treatment, care and living arrangements. She started her pupillage (further training in a set of barristers’ chambers) in 2021, specialising in public law.

2015 Graduate, Darshana, is focusing on humanitarian engineering - helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities around the world - and this is his daily inspiration for his future career aspirations. Darshana is studying a double degree in engineering and business, with majors in civil engineering and finance. Darshana is studying at QUT in Brisbane and aims to work in policy towards sustainability in engineering and social entrepreneurship. He has already been to Cambodia to the Engineers Without Borders Summit in 2019, where he stayed in homestay accomodation in a remote village and where he collaborated with the villagers to use his skills in engineering to design solutions to areas in their lives.
Last reviewed 08 May 2023
Last updated 08 May 2023