BRISBANE-BASED Entrepreneur Dean Foley has taken out the Early Career Professional Award at the Indigenous STEM Awards.
Mr Foley is a Kamilaroi man and founder of Barayamal, a 100-percent Indigenous owned and managed charity that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs through coding programs for young people, mentoring and workshops.
He will receive $20,000 to support his work as Indigenous STEM Education ambassadors in 2018.
Caboolture School Student and aspiring neuromorphic engineer Kayla Pattel won the Secondary Student Award. She has participated in the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS), Health Science Camp, Spark Engineering Camp, QUT Robotics Open Day and SPARQ-Ed Dynamic Tumour Heterogeneity in Melanoma Camp at the University of Queensland. Ms Pattel has also worked as a summer student for Boeing Defence.
Funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation and delivered by CSIRO, the awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teachers and scientists, to inspire more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.