Article South Australia and Northern Territory

The South Australia and Northern Territory Local Network is led by local volunteers who come together to organise lectures and technical visits that provide opportunities to learn and meet new people. All events are open to the public and most are free of charge.

The Local Network aims to raise awareness of science, engineering and technology in the local area, and promote membership of the IET.

Visit the events page filtered by South Australia and Northern Territory Local Network to find out about our upcoming events.

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Our committee:

Chairperson - Jeremy Lai
Vice-Chair & Secretary - Ash Craven
Treasurer - David Alm
Deputy Secretary - Sian Hardie
Deputy Treasurer - Natasha Polglase
Student Awards Coordinator - Lyndon Hill
Social Media Coordinator - Matthew Michael
Retired Engineers Group Representative - Joseph Kasser
On Campus Coordinators - Natasha Polglase & Binu Sumanadasa
General Committee Members - Matthew Tripodi, Vanika Sharma, Matthew Taylor, Isabelle Huynh, Mary-Ann Stephen Kingu, Shown Cherian, Vidurshi Fonseka
Technical Network Member - Jason Huynh

Recent Updates

New event: 'I've got a job, now what?' Series Launch 

Date: 17 April, 2024 (Wednesday)

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm (ACDT)

Venue: Ingkarni Wardli Level 7 Conference Room, Adelaide University, Ingkarni Wardli Building North Terrace Campus Adelaide SA 5000

Just started a job after graduation and not getting professional development? Or you're a few years into the work force and you're not sure how to progress with your career? We've got the series for you then.

We're proud to launch our new Early Career's event series - 'I've got a job, now what?'. This series focuses on topics and skills that are essential in the industry, no matter how far along you are in your professional career. We're aware that there are many companies that have professional development for their Early Careers employees - but what about those who don't get a program? It doesn't matter if you're an engineer, developer, accountant or human resources - this series is catered to all those in STEM!

Our first topic of the event series is 'Personal Branding' and why that is so important to understand early on in your career. Our own Matthew Michael and Jeremy Lai will be guest speakers for this topic, sharing their personal experiences as well as answering questions from the audience. There will be networking opportunities throughout the evening, as well as catering and refreshments. This isn't a series you'd want to miss out!

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New event: IET x SAAB Australia: Early Careers Q & A Panel hosted by IET South Australia & Northern Territory Network

Date: 4 April, 2024

Time: 5:30 - 9m (ACDT)

Venue: The Gallery, Waymouth Room (Level 2) – 30 Waymouth St. Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

Are you about to graduate or in the first few years of your career?

Ask any questions you have about transitioning from University to working life, getting the most out of your early career or any tips on finding and seizing available opportunities. 

With an open Q&A panel made up of current graduates as well as graduate alumni from Saab Australia, you'll have the opportunity to talk and network with a range of experienced individuals.

The panelists will cover mechanical, software, hardware and systems engineering disciplines so there's something for everyone!

Saab Australia is a leading technology company providing solutions for defence, civil and security domains across the world. Based right here in South Australia, they have one of the best early careers programs which continues to cultivate top talent as they rapidly expand.  

Come expand your professional network with FREE refreshments and drinks at The Gallery on the 4th of April at 5:30pm.

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Date: 07/03/2024

Fleet Space Technologies Site Tour on 7 March, 2024

Calling all aspiring undergraduates and early career professionals! Get ready for the exclusive peek into the dynamic world of space technology tailored at Fleet Space Technologies! Our site visit wasn't just any tour - it's a unique opportunity crafted specifically for those beginning their journey in the industry. Dive deep into the technical intricacies of satellite innovation with a special presentation designed to demystify the complexities and ignite your passion for space exploration.

But that's not all! Following the presentation, mingle and connect with fellow students and young professionals eager to make their mark in the field. Build your network, exchange ideas, and gain insights from industry insiders—all in an atmosphere buzzing with innovation and opportunity.


IET Welcome Night 2024 on 27February, 2024

We had over 40 attendees at our Welcome Night event a couple of weeks ago, with great support from both our senior committee and IET Adelaide University On Campus .The event will include networking opportunities, a presentation of our events and initiatives this year, as well as a guest panel of committee members who are keen to share their experiences in a Q & A format.

Thank you to our Chair Jeremy Lai for organising the event, Isabelle Huynh for MC’ing our Q & A, and of course our panellists Matthew Tripodi, Gabriela Coelho and Shown Cherian. Last but not least, our resident photographer Matthew Michael for capturing our evening 


Date: 02/06/2023

Grateful for an incredible event celebrating Women in STEM with our exceptional panel of guests. A huge thanks to each of them for sharing their insights, expertise and advice.

  • Dr. Vienna Tran for reminding us to follow our passions and strengths and trust that we can make it work.
  • Kate Ford for inspiring us with your story and sharing all that you have achieved in both your personal and professional life. Can’t wait to see what future challenges you dominate!
  • Dr. Marissa Bond for highlighting the importance of introducing STEM to young children, especially girls. And not only highlighting, but taking an active role in promoting the wonderful community of STEM at all levels of education.
  • Alice Chan for being an incredible example as a leader and volunteer and being super down to earth about your journey in handling and managing self-doubt. It’s something we can all relate to.


Date: 07/12/2022

IET SA & NT Network Annual General Meeting 2022 & Networking Night


Date: 05/10/2022

IET SA Reconnect Networking Night

The IET SA & NT Branch are excited to present our Reconnect Networking Night event, hosted at the Rob Roy Hotel on Wednesday, 5th October 2022. All who are in the engineering community are welcome to attend this event. We understand that for many it has been a tough couple of years without in-person events, so we're excited to not only meet new faces, but also to reconnect with our members! 

The evening will provide an occasion for attendees to network with professionals alike across various industries, as well as opportunities to chat with future engineers completing their university studies. Bring your colleagues along and enjoy a night of socialising and reconnecting, complemented with canapes and beverages.


Date: 07/09/2022

Speaking STEM: AI Edition

Last Wednesday IET Adelaide University On Campus, AMESS Adelaide Mechanical Engineering Student Society and Electrical and Electronic Engineering Society of Adelaide University presented our Speaking STEM: Artificial Intelligence industry night at University of Adelaide to a crowd of 60+ students keen to hear from a panel of AI experts.

The night was a great success with some excellent insights from speakers Ben Schultz and Thomas Beltrame from Consilium Technology, Jordan Briggs and Themie Gouthas from Swordfish Computing and Jijoong Kim from Defence Science and Technology (DST). We thank all speakers for their time and presentations which gave our attendees a perspective of what it’s like working in the rapidly evolving and exciting space of AI.

Thank you also to the committee members of the University clubs for their efforts in the organisation of the night.