Melissa Marinelli


  • The University of Western Australia (M018), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am an interdisciplinary researcher, educator and consultant with expertise in career and leadership development within engineering and scientific professions and related industries. My specific areas of knowledge include: gender, careers and leadership; work-role transitions; career anchors and motivations; professional identity; global leadership, and links between engineering practice and engineering education. My PhD research explored the experiences of women's progression to management and leadership roles in ‘non-traditional’ occupations, specifically engineering.

In addition to my university work,  I have over ten years of experience as a professional engineer in the oil and gas industry, in local, international and cross-national roles in design, construction, risk and interface management, project management, and organisational leadership. Most recently, I have managed teams of engineers in Australia and the UK, running teams and projects across multiple international locations.

I currently oversee the Professional Engineering Portfolio (GENG5010) - a capstone unit for Master of Professional Engineering students. I also supervise Master of Professional Engineering students who are undertaking their engineering research projects in the areas of engineering practice and education.

Recent research projects include:

2018-present: Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students - cross-institution research project to develop, test and establish virtual work integrated learning opportunities for engineering students. 

2018-2020: Creating Gender Inclusive Teams in Engineering and Computer Science - evidence-based development and delivery of training and support resources for teaching staff, aimed at enhancing gender inclusivity of teamwork within their classes.

2018 - present: Women, Sport & Leadership - research project exploring the links between female participation in sport and leadership in the boardroom.

2018-2019 - Women in Subsea Engineering: Establishing the Baseline - applied research establishing the current status of females in STEM professions working in the subsea industry; identification of existing barriers that are preventing gender equality; development of strategies to address the current gender imbalance in the sector.

2013-2014: Career Anchors: Women in Resources - exploration of the career motivations of professioanl women in the mining industry using Schein's Career Anchor concept.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology

Graduate Diploma of Oil and Gas Engineering, The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) (Hons), The University of Western Australia

External positions

Sessional Academic, Curtin University of Technology

10 Jul 2020 → …

Industry keywords

  • Mining and Resources
  • Education
  • Finance and Business

Research expertise keywords

  • women in engineering
  • engineering practice
  • gender and leadership
  • role transition
  • engineering leadership


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