Entrepreneurship Is King

5 November 2010

Both of this year's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies alumni of the year- announced at faculty's annual expose of engineering research to industry, Research Conversazione - have a strong entrepreneurial bent.

Jillian Kilby and Matt Barrie
Jillian Kilby and Matt Barrie

Alumnus of the year Matt Barrie is the founding CEO of, the world's largest outsourcing marketplace. With more than 1.8 million users, it has more than double the global traffic of its nearest rival, based in the Silicon Valley. Matt has presided over a number of start-ups in both Australia and the US having raised more than US$40 million from venture capital, strategic investors and government grants.

Matt holds a dual first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He keeps a hand in the academic world, having taught a unit on computer security at the University of Sydney. This year he devised a new postgraduate unit on technology venture creation.

Our young alumnus of the year Jillian Kilby established her own consultancy last year, just four years out of university. J L Kilby Pty Ltd is based between Walgett and Brewarrina, and focuses on improving rural infrastructure in New South Wales. Company projects to date have included assessing Brewarrina Shire's water and sewerage infrastructure and investigating the need for an alternate inland highway through Western NSW. "The projects that I am involved in directly affect my community. I get a lot of satisfaction learning new skills and overcoming challenges, but most importantly- I am able to enhance my community through meeting their infrastructure needs." Jillian graduated with a first class Civil Engineering degree in 2005. She has been involved in encouraging greater recognition and involvement of women in engineering and professional development of engineers through her role on the Civil and Structural Panel of Engineers Australia, Sydney Division.

"I am a third generation Sydney University graduate and my parents always placed a high priority on education," says Kilby. "There are many opportunities within the engineering discipline which leads to a range of exciting career paths. I chose civil engineering as it blended my passion for a diverse career- and desire to return and live in rural Australia. I believe we need more young professionals to return to our regional areas to provide necessary services and enhance our social fabric."

Contact: Gabrielle Smith

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