Marita Cheng
Miss Marita Cheng
Student, The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London
London, (No State Selected), United Kingdom
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Biography

Marita is the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. While still a university student, Marita Cheng has demonstrated vision and leadership well beyond her years and is dedicated to encouraging young women to become interested in a career in engineering. The daughter of Chinese parents, Marita was born and raised in far north Queensland and now studies at the University of Melbourne. She founded Robogals Global in 2008, as a response to the traditionally low levels of participation by women in engineering and technology. Robogals uses fun and educational activities to teach schoolgirls about engineering and the difference that engineers make to our lives. Already Robogals has run robotics workshops for 7,000 girls across 80 schools in Australia and now has 17 chapters across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Marita's career path includes studying for a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Computer Science on a Paterson Scholarship. She has a Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship, an International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet Fellowship and an Anita Borg Change Agent Award. A former panellist on ABC TV's New Inventors program, Marita plans to start a robotics company, creating robots that will take care of many everyday and mundane tasks. Already she has changed the way that girls view their capacity to contribute to engineering and technology.

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Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Latest Questions
  • kiara, Dubai asked Marita Cheng, The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London

    Added Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 4:51 AM

    What inspired you to become a robotical engineer?
    Related to Choosing a Degree, Electrical, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
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  • Mirra, Monash University asked Marita Cheng, The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London

    Added Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Hi I am studying mechanical engineering in Monash. I have been suffering from kidney stones all the year round and hence my cgpa has suffered but its only 2.8-3 outta a four where my fellow peers have significantly higher ones. Can I explain that to my future prospective employer giving as reason I was sick? I have been told that the number of internship can change my career outlook and increase prospects. Is this true? Is it a must that I should intern only in my field or dabble in various ...
    Related to Internships & Jobs, Mechanical, Unique Challenges
    Answers 1
    Marita Cheng, The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London
    Answered Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Yes, you can tell your employers you were sick as a reason for your lower GPA.  Yes, doing more internships will increase your career prospects.  You should definitely try and intern in engineering, or in the field you want to work later, in ...

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  • Sura, Jordan

    Added Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Hi, my name is Sura. I'm from Jordan. I am studying mechatronic engineering and it's my second year. I want to improve my skills but I don't know how and what to start with. Does that depend on what courses I take at university or not? Are there any websites could help mechatronics engineering student ? I'm waiting for your advise :)
    Answers 1
    Marita Cheng, The University of Melbourne/ Imperial College London
    Answered Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Hi Sura,

    If you want to be a great mechatronics engineer, start doing projects outside of your normal class now.  Mechanical engineering - Pull things apart and learn how they work, create your own simple robots from scratch by experimenting with ...

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