Welcome to Co – STEM

Co –  STEM was created by a passionate team of academics from Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne to encourage younger students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This project is currently being supported by The City of Boroondara.

The Team

Professor Leon Sterling

Leon Sterling has been a passionate advocate for STEM education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels through a 40 year academic career. He has worked at universities in the UK, Israel, the US, and Australia. His teaching and research specialties are artificial intelligence, software engineering, and logic programming. Leon had a range of roles for 15 years at the University of Melbourne, including Professor of Software Innovation and Engineering and Director of e-Research. He served at Swinburne University of Technology as Dean of Information and Communication Technologies from 2010-2013 and as Vice Chancellor (Digital Frontiers) from 2014-2015. He has served as President of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT.

Dr. Rachel Burrows

Rachel Burrows is a Research Fellow in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.  Previously, she completed her PhD in Software Engineering at Lancaster University, UK and has also worked in the software engineering lab at PUC-RIO in Brazil.

Frederick Price

Frederick Price has led multiple initiatives in Information Technology and business management. He has had a number of successes in evaluating and optimising development projects for Tron Systems. His primary focus in recent years has been actively assisting new ventures in the mature age space to develop innovative and sustainable early-stage start up initiatives.

Critical to Frederick’s success is his ability to effectively communicate and connect potential entrepreneurs to an extensive commercialised community outside of this mature group. His understanding of projects, organisations and teams, gives him insights into quickly and accurately identifying and capitalising on opportunities to leverage the advantages of new technologies.


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