Dr. Emilia Bellucci – Deakin University
Go Girl Topic: Educational Pathways to brilliant ICT careers
Dr. Emilia Bellucci is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Information of Business Analytics, in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. She has been working in higher education for over 15 years and is currently teaching Ethics in Information Systems (IS). Her major research areas are dispute resolution and decision making, Health informatics and how Small to medium enterprises communicate via IS Corporate Social Responsibility. Dr. Bellucci has published widely in international journals and conferences. A career highlight was the completion of her PhD under the supervision of Professor Zeleznikow in 2004; the results of which (“Family_Winner”) was the focus of much media attention in 2005, culminating with a win on the ABC New Inventors television show on November 16 2005.
What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
The heads up on the future use of technology. It’s like seeing the world through a crystal ball!
As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
No – but I really enjoyed science and in particular looked for ways I could use technology to cut down on time spent on homework. For example, I was the first student at my high school to use a computer to write up assignments.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
Don’t know about cool, but I certainly am proud to be a working mum in academia. Whilst life has many challenges, these times, together with the good times, provide opportunities to learn more about my myself and to change for the better.
Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
Women have so much to offer in the workplace. We bring a different dimension to problem solving and workplace relations. Businesses do better with a gender mix, which is a huge problem in tech companies because they are predominately male dominated.
Just look at who uses technology – everybody! – so it is important all facets of society are represented.
What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Take note of what aspects of your life you are interested in – where is your passion developing?