The Warren Centre’s Christine Chen honoured as rising tech star

The Warren Centre’s board director Christine Chen has been identified as a rising star of the technology industry by an influential non-profit organisation.

The University of Sydney Master of Engineering graduate was amongst a select group of female innovators and leaders named as one of the 40 under 40 Women in Tech by Girls in Tech Taiwan, announced on International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March.

“I am pleasantly surprised by the award as I hadn’t expected to make the list,” said Ms Chen. “It’s good to see women recognised in technology, as it’s definitely a rewarding career offering challenges, excitement and the opportunity to tangibly build a better future. Technology is a great career path for women, and I hope this list will encourage more women to pursue working in this industry”.

Ms Chen is currently a Senior Systems Engineer at French multinational, Thales Group and part of the engineering team working on the $1.3 billion Hawkei program that will deliver the next generation of armoured vehicles for global defence forces. Her specific focus is an open architecture integrated communications and computing system.

The Warren Centre’s Chairman Richard Kell said, “We are delighted for Christine but not surprised that she would be recognised in this way. Apart from being an outstanding Board member, Christine is a catalyst for the Centre’s Innovation Advisory Council, looking over the horizon to new technologies and providing fresh perspectives for the future”. Ms Chen joined our Board of Directors in March 2016.

Among many industry accolades, Ms Chen was awarded the Sydney Young Professional Engineer of the Year from Engineers Australia, NSW Young Achiever Award from the Australian Industry & Defence Network, and the Young Alumna Award from the University of Sydney Engineering & IT. She has previously chaired Young Engineers Australia Sydney and deputy-chaired the Australian Society for Defence Engineering (NSW).

“Tech is definitely a rewarding career. It’s challenging, exciting. You’re working on building a better future for humanity, and you get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the world. Go in with an open mind, learn as much and as fast as you can, and be persistent”, said Ms Chen.

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit organisation that currently has more than 50,000 members across 60 local chapters internationally, including Taiwan, serving to support the career advancement of women within STEM fields.

Read more: Girls in Tech Taiwan, University of Sydney

The Warren Centre is currently seeking volunteers for our Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program, which will be rolled out during 2017. Find out more and register your interest.