Stuart Milne Smith, Class of 2013

Current Profession: Process Engineer at Minelab Electronics, Australia
University Attended: University of Adelaide – BSc in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Stuart, what job are you doing now?
I am currently a Process Engineer working at Minelab, who develops a range of metal detectors. I’ve been a part of the manufacturing team for 5 months now. I work within the team on multiple projects and I am responsible for the development of the traceability procedures that will be used throughout the company, in hand with Defence requirements.

What’s your best memory of GIS?
It’s hard to pick one with all the Mufti Days, Sports days, Camps and all sorts of events! However, the memory of beating NIST at the RSC grounds to win the first Softball medal for GIS is something that I’ll never forget….

I will also never forget my Geography PTC in Year 7 with Mr. Storey. He had to cover for our Soccer coach at Fobisia, and I scored 2 goals in the semi-final to take us into the final. Luckily for me, that’s all Mr. Storey wanted to talk about at the PTC! It’s an odd memory, perhaps, but something that I will never forget!

What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is to try and mould myself to be like my dad. I’ve come to admire how he can always find balance between anything that gets thrown his way. I know that if I ever see more of him in the way I act, then I’m on the right track.

Describe GIS in 3 words…
Opportunities, Home, Unique.

How did GIS shape who you are today?
GIS offered up plenty of opportunities to do something different and I think that by having that experience, it gave me confidence to always give anything a try. My hard-working attitude now can be traced back to the school’s desire for everyone to achieve their best.

Message to current student at GIS?
Take on every challenge that GIS offers, and try to do it to the best of your ability – the rest will take care of itself.