Minister for Defence Materiel – Engineer wins SA Young Achiever Award

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare and Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler visited BAE Systems in Mawson Lakes to congratulate Emilio De Stefano for winning the Australian Industry and Defence Network SA Young Achiever Award.

“I would like to congratulate Emilio for winning the SA Young Achiever Award. The award recognises his contribution to the Defence Industry and career potential,” Mr Clare said.

“Emilio is the Lead Hardware Engineer for the ground segments of the Electronic Support Measures Upgrade program on the AP-3C surveillance aircraft flown by the Royal Australian Air Force.

“He has worked as part of the AP-3C team to improve the efficiency of the project and has delivered substantial cost savings.

“Emilio is also encouraging other young people to start a career in engineering.

“He volunteers at careers expos and works as part of the South Australian Government’s ‘There’s More To It Than You Think’ campaign which aims to encourage high school students to consider careers in engineering and science.”

Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler congratulated BAE Systems and Mr De Stefano for their commitment in encouraging young people in the Defence Industry.

“Emilio is an outstanding young South Australian,” Mr Butler said.

“He’s a talented and dedicated young engineer who also volunteers his time encouraging other young South Australians to take advantage of opportunities a career in engineering presents.”

Emilio De Stefano attended the University of South Australia and started at BAE Systems four years ago as a Graduate Hardware Engineer. He is currently completing a Master of Engineering (Military Systems Integration) at the University of South Australia.

Media contact: Korena Flanagan 02 6277 7620

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