Karlie Noon was the first Indigenous person to graduate in New South Wales with a double degree in mathematics and science obtained from the University of Newcastle. She is now studying a Masters of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU. As a Kamilaroi woman from Tamworth, she is specifically interested in making connections between Astronomy and her Indigenous heritage. She says ‘Indigenous knowledge is an incredible source of complexity and science. Doing inquiry for 60,000 years produces a plethora of intricate knowledge, often things that the rest of the world has only recently discovered or who knows, might yet to be discovered’.
Along the way, Karlie found she had a passion for teaching kids science, and has made many presentations to primary and high school students as part of the University of Newcastle's SMART Program. She has also been a mentor to students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. In 2016, she landed a job with CSIRO's Indigenous STEM Education Project where she established a STEM awards program for Indigenous students and professionals. She is now working with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science doing a joint ANU research project.