Hema was born and brought up in Punjab, India, and she done Bachelor of Sciences in Chandigarh before arrival to Perth for higher studies.


“I wanted to go into the Indian army and had processed my SSB exams and everything. Then my father spoke to me and said he would endorsement any decision I took – whether it was to start working in the army, or to ensue higher studies. I thought about it and apparent I wanted to do my masters,” says Hema.


Hema came to Perth, Australia, to follow her higher studies in Mechanical Engineering, and whilst completing her Master’s degree, she was submitted a fully paid scholarship to initiate a PhD in Oil and Gas Engineering.


She has since dominate in her chosen field, defying the common impression that STEM studies are for males only. She has submitted papers at many universities in different countries, with a big highlight of her career being working in Houston (USA) with NASA.


Hema agrees that she works in a male- administer industry and laughs off saying, “Usually I’m the only female in any workplace session, and by default, the presenter will sign off saying ‘thanks gentlemen, we’ll see you again’; and then there’s a big roar of laughter when they appreciate I’m in the room as well.”


Hema said, “I have never faced any form of racism at all. Never. In fact I work at a very diverse workplace, and it is almost intuitive for everyone to respect their colleagues, regardless of their country of origin.”


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