2013 Menzies Scholar in Engineering
Mahala holds the degree of BEng (Civil) with First Class Honours (2005) from the University of Sydney.
A water resources engineer with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) in Sydney, Mahala has worked on a wide range of projects from integrated regional water planning to designs for individual projects, such as stormwater harvesting. She has also travelled overseas with Engineers without Borders, inspecting water projects in Cambodia and learning about the critical role of engineering in a developing nation.
Mahala will take the degree of MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford for one year commencing in October 2013.