CQUniversity ICT Lecturer Dr Meena Jha has been based at the CQUni Sydney campus for 15 years. As a researcher and educator in the field of computer science, Meena has strived to lift the profile of Information Technology and help businesses and students realise their potential. She is also an advocate of providing a solid education to future generations and increasing the number of women in the IT and Engineering professions.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
In October I represented CQUni at Westpac’s Sydney headquarters for the first-ever Vogue Codes women in technology summit to discuss how women can be empowered by technology. Our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to Australia’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs, with only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 engineering graduates being women.
What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The interaction with students. I have the privilege of teaching students from across the globe. Students do not see their talent. It just takes a few suggestions and soon they are blooming into professionals. There is nothing more gratifying than supporting their development.
Who has made an impact on your life? Why?
My father Prof B N Mishra as a Chairman and Vice Chancellor of a very prestigious institution in India is an exemplary person who has led an honest life. The person who I am now is mostly because of my father’s devotion and dedication. To me, he is an ideal person whom I often mimic and consider as my idol in life.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
Every child deserves a good, free education. Educating people all over the world will have its rewards and helps to eradicate many existing problems. That is why I am working with NGOs who support and provide free education in Indian villages.
What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
Enjoy life. Life is very precious.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Mother Teresa once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”. I would like to make everyone smile and be happy with my superpower.
The weekend is free – what would you do?
Bollywood dance party!