Margaret Watroba

Margaret Watroba
Category Nomination Outstanding Woman In Resources

Margaret was born in Poland, the younger of identical twins. As a 12 year old who loved geography and wished to travel, Margaret discovered she could not realise her dreams in a communist country and decided that she would one day live in a free country.

Margaret studied electrical engineering in Poland and graduated with a Masters degree in Science - Electrical Engineering. While still studying she married and had two daughters. In 1980 Poland was still a communist country and Margaret did not want that life for her daughters, so she decided to leave with her family. They arrived in Australia with no English, no money and no friends or family. But, with the relief and excitement of having made it to a free country, her positive attitude and hard work saw her achieve success.

Margaret is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is now a principal electrical engineer at BHP Billiton Nickel West. She has a passion for sport and adventure. She cycles, runs, swims, participates in fun runs, marathons, and raises money for various charities in the process.

She has conquered several mountain peaks including Mt Everest. Through ability and determination Margaret scaled the male dominated engineering profession and the highest mountain on earth. She is determined, goal oriented and dedicated. She is an avid supporter of women in engineering, regularly participating in forums, public speaking events and both formal and informal mentoring.