Luisa Panuccio

Senior Project Manager | Civil and Architectural Engineer | 2019 NAWIC Graduate of the Year | 2021 James McWha Rising Star Award | Changing the Face of STEM

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Distinguished Alumni Luisa Panuccio is on a mission to disrupt gender stereotypes and change the face of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

A qualified Civil and Architectural Engineer, Luisa currently works as a Senior Project Manager and Delivery Lead for major infrastructure projects within Australia.

Luisa is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM, with a specific focus on engineering and the construction industry. Since 2015, Luisa has worked towards this goal as an ambassador for a variety of organisations including Engineers Australia, Children’s University Australia, Engineers Without Borders Australia and the University of Adelaide. 

Commencing her career in construction in 2017, Luisa has worked on a large variety of infrastructure projects across Australia. Having worked as a Contractor, Consultant and Client-side, Luisa has fostered strong relationships within all her teams by ensuring that clear communication and interactive collaboration are the foundation of all her professional dealings. Luisa employs critical thinking and evidence-based decision making to drive project delivery while retrospectively assessing each aspect of the process for any improvements or efficiencies to be gained. 

In 2019, Luisa received the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Graduate of the Year Award for her role in managing a complex program of works involving the construction of 20 civil projects for the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

Luisa was the recipient of the James McWha Rising Star Award in the University of Adelaide's 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The James McWha Rising Star Award honours the highest accomplishments and achievements of young alumni who are making a significant contribution as emerging leaders within their profession and community.

Luisa identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.