Dr Heena Panchasara is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and the Masters of Mechanical Engineering at CQUniversity’s Melbourne campus. She also has a PhD specialising in Clean Energy and Renewable Fuels, an area she is very passionate about.
What was a recent highlight of your life?
I recently attended Government House Victoria for being a participant in the AFL Ambassador 2016 program. It was an amazing opportunity to network and talk about clean energy and renewables with Victorian Premier the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP.
What is the best thing about CQUni?
The best thing about CQUni is that it has a very friendly environment among staff, students and higher management. I feel CQUni works hard and supports staff to follow their passion, not only in the academic field but also by providing lots of opportunities for outside engagement.
What do you love most about your role?
The feeling I have every single day that I am going to make a difference to someone’s life. I teach and mentor students who trust me with life’s biggest decision – education. The fact that I am part of an organisation that strives to contribute towards making positive changes to the community and nation overall is also endearing.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I am a big believer in minimalistic and clean energy. If I could change one thing I would educate people about how they can make their surroundings more sustainable and be as minimalistic as possible. Creating a clean environment starts when we all are responsible, not just government or researchers. It’s the easiest community viable thing that I would urge people to do.
The weekend is free – what would you do?
I am known as a “ravenous legs person” by my family. So my ravenous legs will take me outdoors for unplanned adventures.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love to read (I’m currently reading Sheryl Sandberg), write and stay fit. I actually write a blog which you can check out at www.themelbacurean.com