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2022 Indigenous Technology Scholarship awarded

Taimur Rind receives prize after completing Associate Networking Degree

ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, is pleased to announce the 2022 ACS Indigenous scholarship has been awarded to Taimur Rind.

West Australian based Taimur, a Technical Advisor with Rio Tinto, recently completed an Associate Degree of Network Engineering at Charles Darwin University. Taimur is the third recipient of the scholarship which supports and showcases indigenous achievement in Information Technology courses.

A former aircraft maintenance engineer, Taimur decided to embark on a degree after the birth of his son. “I was never an academic, I failed and didn’t complete high school although I always had a passion for anything mechanical or electrical. Building engines and fixing cars with my father from a young age I knew I wanted a career in engineering,” he said.

“When I became a father, I realised that if I wanted my son to reach for his dreams, I must also do the same. I made it my mission to complete an engineering degree. It was tough, juggling work, studies, and family life but it was well worth it and now I believe I can do anything I put my mind to.”

ACS president Ian Oppermann said of the award, “we are pleased Taimur Rind is the 2022 Indigenous Scholarship recipient. The award is part of ACS’ efforts to boost diversity across the IT sector and we would like to thank Charles Darwin University for administering the award.”

“We hope the award helps Timur with his future studies and wish him well for the future.”

Dr Kannoorpatti Krishnan, Charles Darwin University’s Associate Professor – Engineering, added: “Taimur has been a brilliant CDU student, while simultaneously juggling work and family life.

“Successfully finishing his course this year is really a fantastic achievement, and his new degree will only help him to go further in his industry. The dedication he has shown in his studies I know will take him far in his career. We at CDU wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavours.”

The outcomes of Charles Darwin University’s Associate Degree of Network Engineering focus on the skills required to design, operate, and maintain the networks that play a crucial role in the nation’s digital infrastructure.

“I found CDU staff to be really supportive and well equipped for external course delivery,” Taimur concluded. “I took it semester by semester and successfully completed my degree, I believe that itself represents my insightful and positive experience studying at CDU.

“During my studies, I not only learnt about Network Engineering but also undertook units in IT, Leadership and Project Management.”

“Combining my practical experience in Mining Technology with the theoretical I learned in my degree has given me a solid foundation to build on my career going forward.”


Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About ACS

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