Caitlyn is a STEM Superstar

Altona refinery’s Caitlyn Broberg has officially been named one of Australia’s Superstars of STEM.
Part-ballerina, part-process engineer, Mobil Altona refinery’s Caitlyn Broberg, will today be named one of Australia’s official Superstars of STEM.

Caitlyn is one of 60 brilliant women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who want to step into the spotlight as media stars chosen for this acclaimed national program.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews officially announced those chosen for Science and Technology Australia’s game-changing Superstars of STEM program in 2021-22.

Science and Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gave women in STEM stronger skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.

“It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” said Misha. 

“Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM leadership roles.”

“The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician look like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them.” 

“We can’t thank the Australian Government enough for its strong support of this important program, which is already having a profound impact.”

“Sustaining this type of program for the long-term is more important than ever amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce.”

Mobil Altona refinery Process Engineering Team Lead, Caitlyn Broberg, was thrilled to have been chosen from a very competitive national field.

“When I was a young girl I loved ballet, but I also really loved maths and science. I was fascinated about how molecules can be transformed to provide the essential things we now rely on every day, like fuel.

“I was lucky that I was able to pursue both of my passions into my tertiary education and early career.

“These days however, you’re far more likely to find me in a hard hat than in a pair of point shoes. As the process engineering team lead at Altona refinery, my role is to help support and develop our engineers to solve the energy challenges of the future.

“I am so excited about being nominated a STEM Superstar and am looking forward to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in maths and science, and to show them that being an engineer and being a ballerina are not mutually exclusive.”

Supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Caitlyn is one of a group of 60 Superstars of STEM who will participate in the program in 2021 and 2022.