Catherine Phillips is as an engineering consultant at Arup, specializing in Energy and Resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Mathematics and Statistics, and a Master of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne. She has received numerous university academic and sports awards, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Rhodes Scholarship. Catherine is passionate about using her engineering skills to contribute to Australia’s sustainable energy future, as well as other global issues that require collaboration between STEM, business and policy makers. She sees amazing scope for technology to facilitate change in the world, and approaches problem solving with a respectful, cooperative and positive attitude.
Catherine is a 7-time Australian representative in Ultimate Frisbee and has led numerous Australian teams. She also currently captains Ellipsis, the reigning back-to-back National Women’s Ultimate Champions. As a founder and captain of this club, Catherine has worked to build the foundations of an inclusive, growth-minded, and elite performance culture. This has been extremely successful, leading to a number of on and off-field firsts in Australian Ultimate. Catherine was also drafted to the Melbourne Football Club in the inaugural Women’s AFL season, successfully making the switch to playing AFL without any footballing background. Within months of her first game of football, she was able to make an impact for the Melbourne Demons, finishing second in their goal kicking and eighth in their Best and Fairest. Through her involvement with Sport and STEM, Catherine has developed a keen awareness of the barriers facing women in these fields. She is committed to empowering young women to strive for excellence, and as part of this, she enjoys regularly speaking at schools, attending youth sports events, and tutoring.