Dr Jillian Kenny




Jillian is available to address school groups, sharing her own story from growing up in a small town in regional Queensland, to being inspired by how engineering uses maths and science to solve problems for people, and then using her engineering skills in a variety of unexpected ways in her entrepreneurial career.

Topic: Myths and Facts about Engineering

Having spoken to thousands of students through Power of Engineering, Jillian noticed a number of common myths about science, technology, engineering and maths careers. In this talk she busts the myths and shares the facts, leaving students with the message that even if they don’t think of themselves as a STEM person, there might just be something in it for them.


Jillian came to Forest Hill College to speak to our students about the importance of science and engineering and how fulfilling these fields are to work in. She inspired the kids with stories of how engineers design solutions to help people, and explained clearly how creativity and problem-solving are key to successful engineering – not just being good at Maths! Jillian is a great communicator and the students connected with her – many young girls said to me that she was a great role model for them and helped them believe that engineering was something they could actually do. After Jillian spoke she stayed with our students while they worked on design solutions to encourage them, to lead them in creativity and to prompt clear thinking from them. We were amazed at her generosity of time and spirit and would highly recommend her to any organisation who wants to inspire and create. Thank you Jillian!

Greg Heaton
Leading Teacher (Critical Thinking and Creativity)
Forest Hill College

Interactive activities

In addition to sharing her story, Jillian is also available to run a range of interactive activities with students and teachers.While she is open to developing activities in collaboration with school leaders, some that she has previously run include:

Topic: People Like Me

An interactive activity in which students explore personal strengths and interests, and discover how maths and science can open up a whole range of diverse opportunities for their future.

Their results will help them see what people who are just like them are doing in their STEM careers. By sharing a selection of inspirational role models all working in science, engineering and technology, students will see how they too could be both happy and successful working in these areas.

Audience: 11 - 18 years

Ideal for an all-girl setting, however can be adapted for use in a mixed gender setting

Time: 45 - 60 mins