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Meet Samantha Ong

Samantha Ong came to Cardno as an enthusiastic civil designer and undergraduate engineer looking to make her mark at a big firm. And make her mark she has.

It didn’t take long for people to notice Sam, whether it was for her infectious enthusiasm, passion for engineering or promotion of diversity in the workplace, which takes on many forms.

Sam is an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction, a not-for-profit that champions and empowers women in construction.

She also regularly participates in Women in Cardno activities and International Women’s Day events.

Civil Engineer Samantha Ong

Sam’s passion for diversity has seen her volunteer to speak with local students in the hope of inspiring young females to take up engineering or other STEM careers.

Business Manager, SEQ Regional Offices Warren Steiner has monitored Sam’s progress at Cardno since her arrival.

“Sam is paving the way for young female engineers and we are proud to support her. She’s a wonderful Cardno ambassador," said Warren.

Sam started her career as a cadet drafts-person, and worked to become a valued member of our engineering team in the Springfield office in Queensland.

In that time, she’s gained experience across the full design process, worked in a number of different regions and developed into a well-rounded engineer with an appetite for new challenges.

Late last year, Sam accepted a secondment opportunity with Brisbane City Council and contributed to an important project which aims to make all bus stops accessible by 2020.

“We received very positive feedback from the Brisbane City Council about Sam with her secondment extended due to the quality of her work," said Warren.

Sam’s successful time at the Brisbane City Council led her to accepting another secondment opportunity, this time on the West Coast in our Perth Office.

“Sam takes on new experiences and challenges without hesitation”.

"Sam's secondment in our Perth office was a great opportunity to gain exposure to large-scale projects in a different office environment," said Warren.

Now back in Brisbane and equipped with new-found knowledge and experiences, Sam is on the lookout for her next challenge.