Trina Myers - Round 2, 2016 Champion

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Dr Trina Myers

Connecting university, business and the community

Dr Trina Myers is head of the Information Technology Academy at James Cook University (JCU). Trina champions the deep collaboration between university and industry that is fundamental to economic transformation through innovative 'early-in-degree' internships for students. This internship model, developed for over 4 years, now includes a majority of Townsville and Cairns ICT employers and all IT@JCU students.

Trina also works to educate Queenslanders to:

  • embrace digital technologies
  • create and adopt digital solutions
  • be active in a digital world.

She does this through her JCU role and strong engagement with groups such as school students, businesses, and community organisations.

Trina's research focuses on how IT students can learn and use 'soft skills’ such as teamwork and communication to work collaboratively, both face-to-face and online. This research applies broadly: to formal ICT training and to enable capacity building in North Queensland, which is geographically vast and which can leave people isolated.

Trina's other involvements both within and outside the university include:

  • a scheme in which university staff and students visit schools to run coding classes and clubs
  • JCU’s IT Academic Group, which has been instrumental in initiating and supporting community coding and start-up events
  • work to establish an annual ICT conference that runs simultaneously in Cairns and Townsville.

As a digital champion, Trina will continue her leadership and outreach work with the community and industry to further develop a community of practice where people are excited about what is possible and feel motivated to try something new.

Trina is nominated by: James Cook University

Dr Trina Myers

Connecting university, business and the community

Dr Trina Myers is head of the Information Technology Academy at James Cook University (JCU). Trina champions the deep collaboration between university and industry that is fundamental to economic transformation through innovative 'early-in-degree' internships for students. This internship model, developed for over 4 years, now includes a majority of Townsville and Cairns ICT employers and all IT@JCU students.

Trina also works to educate Queenslanders to:

  • embrace digital technologies
  • create and adopt digital solutions
  • be active in a digital world.

She does this through her JCU role and strong engagement with groups such as school students, businesses, and community organisations.

Trina's research focuses on how IT students can learn and use 'soft skills’ such as teamwork and communication to work collaboratively, both face-to-face and online. This research applies broadly: to formal ICT training and to enable capacity building in North Queensland, which is geographically vast and which can leave people isolated.

Trina's other involvements both within and outside the university include:

  • a scheme in which university staff and students visit schools to run coding classes and clubs
  • JCU’s IT Academic Group, which has been instrumental in initiating and supporting community coding and start-up events
  • work to establish an annual ICT conference that runs simultaneously in Cairns and Townsville.

As a digital champion, Trina will continue her leadership and outreach work with the community and industry to further develop a community of practice where people are excited about what is possible and feel motivated to try something new.

Trina is nominated by: James Cook University