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Marita Cheng was the Young Australian of the Year winner for 2012. She’s been involved in volunteering since she was a high school student, and in 2008, early in her undergraduate studies (mechatronic engineering and computer science at the University of Melbourne) she founded Robogals, which is an engineering and computing outreach group, in which women university students run robotics workshops for high school age girls.
Marita, while still in the final year of her undergraduate degree, is also an entrepreneur and has been previously awarded for her work as founder of Robogals, including winning the Anita Borg Change Agent award in 2011.
She stepped down from her day-to-day role in Robogals effective from January 1, 2013, and is now the Founder & CEO of 2Mar Robotics .