Dr Cheryl Desha

Dr Cheryl DeshaMBC 1989 - 1994

Cheryl was an active member of the school community during her time at Moreton Bay College. She was particularly involved in the Music and Debating programmes, and was passionate about the Japanese language and spent a year in Japan on exchange. In her Senior year, she was the College Vice Captain and Joint Dux of the College, and was awarded the Moreton Bay Lions Club Prize for All-Round Contribution to the College.

After graduating in 1999 from Griffith University's Environmental Engineering degree program (First Class Honours) and receiving a University Medal and Environmental Engineering medal, Dr Desha worked for consulting engineering firm Arup for four years, also undertaking a work placement within the Queensland government.

In 2003 Dr Desha joined the research team 'The Natural Edge Project' (TNEP), an Australian based, non-profit, sustainability think-tank, in formal collaboration with Griffith University, as a lecturer in the School of Engineering.

In 2011 she accepted a position at QUT with the research team.

Together with the TNEP team, Dr Desha has developed a range of projects focused on education and training for sustainable development, including working with universities, professional bodies, government agencies, companies, schools and touring international keynote speakers. Dr Desha has worked with a range of international partners such as UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, and many Australian organisations.

In 2005 Dr Desha was selected as the Engineers Australia Young Professional Engineer of the Year. In the same year, the TNEP team was announced winner of the prestigious Banksia Award for Environmental Leadership, Education and Training for the book, The Natural Advantage of Nations, and the Engineering Sustainable Solutions Program.

In the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), Dr Desha is focusing on developing research initiatives related to rapidly transitioning engineering education to 'engineering education for sustainable development'. In 2005 she began her PhD on this topic, involving the development of a Curriculum Renewal Framework for engineering education to make the transition. She also co-founded the Queensland node of the Sustainable Living Challenge at Griffith University in collaboration with the Port of Brisbane Corporation (2006-2008).

Dr Desha is now a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Discipline Leader (Environmental Sciences) in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, where she continues to pursue her career goal of facilitating sustainable development by empowering society with emerging language, knowledge and skills related to achieving sustainable solutions.

Cheryl was awarded the Moreton Bay College Medal in 2014.

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