Liza O’Moore

UQ Women Create Change Ambassador
SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN

Liza O’Moore
Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering

Liza O’Moore is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering. She came to UQ from an all-girls high school in 1983 to find herself one of 12 women in a cohort of 260. She completed her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and later returned to UQ to undertake a PhD in high performance concrete.

Liza spent the 8 of the first 12 years of her career working in consultancy for engineering firms. While she certainly wasn’t the first woman working in the industry, there were instances where the lack of women in the field were evident.

“When I fell pregnant with my first child in 1997, I was the first engineer in the office to have a baby, so a colleague and I had to write the maternity leave policy so I could go on maternity leave.”

But she would do it all again in a heart-beat – to be in a position to work on projects that change the community for the better was an amazing opportunity.

“I was lucky to work at Arup early on in my career, as they were an engineering firm ahead of their time. I was welcomed back to work part–time following maternity leave and shortly after was made an Associate while still working part-time.”

Liza accepted an academic position at UQ 17 years ago and teaches 1st year Engineering and 2nd and 4th year Civil Engineering while researching in the area of concrete design and structures, and engineering education. In her role at UQ, Liza has seen the positive impact strong female role models in STEMM can have.

Qualifications:

BE (Hons)
GCHEd
PhD
MIEAust