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Classnotes

2000s

Frankie Cheung (BE(Civ)(Hons) 2002) is employed as a civil engineer at the Queensland Department of Main Roads; he previously worked overseas as an engineer for projects including Hong Kong Disneyland.

Farzana Chowdhury (MBA 2002) is Senior Assistant Vice-President and Head of SME Banking at BRAC Bank in Bangladesh. She recently visited the US as one of 17 women leaders from 14 countries to attend the International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership Program.

As a side project to her career in financial services, Elisabeth Wentworth (GradDipLaw(Bk&FinLw) 2002) produced her own play which showed in May, titled The Transformation of Wilfred B. Cross LL.B starring the great Charles 'Bud' Tingwell.

Nick McCaffrey (MAFAT 2002, BA(Hons) 2002) works for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra and has spent the past two years as Special Coordinator of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Andrew De Vries (BE(Civ)(Hons) 2003) has worked as a graduate engineer in Brisbane for the past three years.

Vanthana Nolintha (BBusCom 2003) is a researcher for a Laotian think-tank.

Wong Chin Chin (BComp 2003) performs research into broadband wireless access, fixed-mobile convergence and mobile web services and has jointly published more than 25 papers since January 2005.

Manisha Saxena (MIMS 2003) is currently working as a PeopleSoft Analyst for Right Management Consultants.

Jane McInnes (GradCertMktg 2004) has launched her own business/marketing consultancy called RedMac.

Phuong Tran (BSc 2004) is working at a Gribbles Pathology collection centre.

Tassawan Ramingwong (MIntBus 2005) has been appointed as a management trainee for a major Thailand retail corporation.

Sarah Scott (BSecEd 2005) is training to be an Education Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force after spending the past two years working at an independent boys school.

Kamalluddien Parker (PhD 2005) is now Aerospace Network Manager and Flagship Program Manager with the South African Government's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy.

Kate Ashmor (BA 2004, LLB 2005) is a litigation lawyer at Pointon Partners in Melbourne, and a Councillor for the City of Glen Eira, representing Tucker Ward.

Aminath Shadiya (MMgt 2005) has been appointed Assistant Director with the Maldives Ministry of Higher Education after receiving a Commonwealth Youth Leadership Award while completing her masters degree in 2004.

Having competed as a member of the medal-winning Australian cycling team at the 2005 Deaflympics, Michael Kennedy (BBusCom 2005) is now working as an accountant with the Victorian Department of Human Services.

Maria Raciti (BID 2006) was one of 12 finalists in this year's Australian Design Awards for her innovative creation of the Medi-Vest, a light-weight, wearable first aid kit.

Brendon Meyer (BA(Hons) 2006) is working for a non-profit organisation, the Lalita Shivaram Ubhayaker Foundation for the Arts, as part of a four-month graduate internship in India.

Rising young pharmacist

It has been a rapid rise to success for pharmacy graduate Divesh Sanghvi, who was invited to manage Lowe's Pharmacy in Werribee in 2004 only two years after completing his degree.

Mr Sanghvi says it was both the work experience at the pharmacy, where he worked part-time as a student, and the rigorous training he was required to undertake as part of the Monash pharmacy course that prepared him for his management role.

"Monash's Bachelor of Pharmacy is very progressive and in touch with what's happening in today's climate," he says. "It's never stagnant."

"The management position has been a real learning curve for me, especially as a relatively young pharmacist having to deal with staff."

Mr Sanghvi has decided to further broaden his knowledge and returned to Monash this year to undertake a Bachelor of Laws degree.

-- Penny Rankin