Carmen Gorska Putynska

UQ Women Create Change Ambassador
SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN

Carmen Gorska Putynska
PhD student, School of Civil Engineering

“I started tutoring for $10 an hour at age 14, and by 15 was tutoring students older than me in subjects I hadn’t yet taken myself.”

Carmen is a PhD student studying Self-extinguishment of Cross Laminated Timber and it’s potential uses in large structures. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, specialising in bridges and underground constructions in Poland.

Carmen was subsequently accepted in the International Master of Fire Safety Engineering program on a fully funded European Union Scholarship, giving her the opportunity to study in the UK, Belgium, and Sweden, in the discipline of Fire Safety Engineering.

Carmen didn’t have a traditional tertiary trajectory, after excelling in high school she received a fully funded scholarship to study Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

“I was one of 10 females among 200 males, all the professor were male, and the male students were not really inclusive with the female students. Feeling isolated I was unable to ask for help, worried about being judged, and I completely failed my first year.”


BSc Civil Engineering – Technological University of Poznań, (2013)
MSc Fire Engineering (cum laude) – Ghent University (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden) and The University of Edinburg (United Kingdom) (2015)