Past Events



Thu 16 Feb 2023 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
RMIT University
Level 7, Building 16, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000



Altitude; a unique and innovative event where future strategic leader share their ideas on shaping the future of Australia’s aviation, aerospace, and space industry sectors.

In its 9th year this opportunity provides a stage for students, graduates, and professionals under 35-years of age, to pitch their future vision to the leaders of industry.


Altitude challenges presenters to pitch a solution-focused response to industry topics from conception to execution.

Picture a fast-paced evening of 6 shortlisted six-minute pitches by the best and brightest future leaders, a keynote address from an industry leader, followed by networking.

Expect to engage with a high-calibre audience of leaders, policymakers, and the broader aviation, aerospace, and space community in a forum that is focused on the future, by future leaders. Don’t expect a usual conference presentation – presentations will be dynamic, rapid, to-the-point, and hard-hitting.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!


/ Manatsawee (San) Limprapuwiwattana | PhD Candidate at RMIT University

/ Ruben Richard Mariadas | Air Cargo Operations at M&C Aviation Australia

/ Deepa Selva | Student at Swinburne University of Technology

/ Gene Wang | Aeronautical Engineer at MicroTau

/ Emma Watson | Sustainment Operations Engineering Manager at Boeing Defence Australia & Thomas Callary | Technical Lead Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia


Theme: What are the sustainability challenges and opportunities for the future of the Australian aviation, aerospace, and space sectors?

Subthemes: Environmental Sustainability & Workforce Sustainability

Expect ideas about future sustainability challenges and opportunities; pitches that are future-focused, big-picture oriented, proactive, and considerate.

CLICK HERE to view past Altitude themes, winners and details. 



/ Melanie Hill
, Global Employee Experience at QinetiQ Australia


/ Tony Carolan,
Business Development Manager, Engineering at Marand Precision Engineering

/ Heidi Hauf
, Regional Sustainability Lead, APAC at Boeing & Chair, GreenSkies Committee at Aviation/Aerospace Australia

/ Delphine Spaterna
, Airspace Mobility Solutions Engineering Manager at Thales Australia



/ Melanie Hill, Global Employee Experience at QinetiQ Australia


/ Tony Carolan, Business Development Manager, Engineering at Marand Precision Engineering

Tony Carolan has worked for Hawker de Havilland (HdH) companies for the majority of his career, starting as a Cadet Engineer in the mid 1960's.  In the early 1970's he spent some years in the UK as an aircraft designer.  Returning to Australia he moved through various roles in production management to General Management positions within HdH.

For a few years in the mid 1980's, Mr Carolan left HdH and worked as Operations Manager for the U.S. scientific instrumentation firm Varian Associates.  Tony returned to HdH when HdH acquired Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and become a Director of the then publicly listed Hawker de Havilland and GM of their Victorian operations.

From 1992, Tony was CEO of all HdH operations in Australia and developed the business as a world recognized sole source producer of components for Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, Bombardier and Lockheed Martin with a primary focus on composite material applications.

Following the acquisition of HdH by Boeing in 2001 of Hawker de Havilland, Tony held a number of roles, primarily focusing on strategy development, finally retiring from Boeing in July 2009. In 2002, Tony was the initial inductee into the Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame and recognised as an Honour Roll recipient. He holds Bachelor and Graduate Diploma qualifications from the University of New South Wales in Aeronautical and Industrial Engineering.

Prior to retiring from HdH, Tony was a director of the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, a director of Australian Aerospace & Defence Innovations and the Victorian Aerospace Industry Board.  He was formerly the Chairman of the Association of Australian Aerospace Industries.

After retiring from Boeing in 2009, Tony continued to work in the aerospace sector, working for Marand to develop their aerospace business. This led to Marand becoming an established manufacturer of major flying surface assemblies for the F-35 aircraft.  In 2016 he became a director of the Marand Board and has held the role of Business Development Manager, Aerostructures since 2009.

From 2010 to 2016 he was also the Chairman of Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd and was

/ Heidi Hauf, Regional Sustainability Lead, APAC at Boeing & Chair, GreenSkies Committee at Aviation/Aerospace Australia

Heidi was appointed to the role of regional sustainability lead in January 2021, where she leads Boeing’s sustainable aviation activity including policy advocacy, informing strategy and technical roadmaps. Heidi works to build Boeing Australia sustainability capability as well as develop partnerships in support of aerospace sustainable goals across APAC.  Heidi also chairs industry groups driving collaborative approaches, including the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Alliance of Australia and New Zealand and Aviation/Aerospace Australia GreenSkies.

After starting her career as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army, Heidi left defence and has worked on systemic sustainability issues across public services, natural resource management and corporate strategy. She has advised business leaders, developed corporate sustainability strategies and shaped government policy in regional Australia, Asia, East Africa, Europe and the UK. 

/ Delphine Spaterna, Airspace Mobility Solutions Engineering Manager at Thales Australia

Delphine Spaterna is the Airspace Mobility Solutions Australia Eningeering Director at Thales Australia, manaing a team of over 320 people.

Delphine has spent 23 years in Thales Group, including 22 years in France with an European footprint and first year in Australia, with four main Global Business Unit in this group in Defense, Digital, Space and AirSpace

Previously Delphine has worked as a Software developer, technical leader WPM, business manager, delivery manager, innovation manager, and engineering manager. Delphine Spaterna graduated in Software education in France.

Cash prize of $1,000


A/AA Member Tickets

  • Sole Trader - x1 complimentary ticket
  • SME Member - x2 complimentary tickets
  • Corporate Member - x5 complimentary tickets
  • Women in A/AA Sponsor - x7 complimentary tickets
  • Partner - x10 complimentary tickets
  • NGN Member - x1 complimentary ticket
  • WA/AA Member - x1 complimentary ticket
  • Additional Member Ticket - $25.00

Non-Member Tickets

  • Non-Member Ticket - $45.00

For assistance booking and for group bookings please email: [email protected] and/or phone: 1300 889 459.


Thursday, 16 February 2023
6:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT

Green Brain Conference Room
RMIT University, Level 7, Building 16, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000



Aviation/Aerospace Australia


[email protected]