Born in Russia, Larissa immigrated to Kalgoorlie, Australia with a Degree in Chemistry and an array of skills in teaching that subject to senior students.
Although having to learn a new language and culture in Kalgoorlie, Larissa rolled up her sleeves and tackled the work that was available, exhibiting energy for focusing on the job and performing it well.
Larissa’s time in Kalgoorlie was highlighted by achieving a postgraduate diploma in metallurgy from Curtin University. Her first job in the mining industry was as a Laboratory Technician in a nickel processing plant, and Larissa quickly found herself as the Laboratory Superintendent. In that role, her highlight was challenging the norm and making process improvements, while also achieving a zero accident performance record with her team. In Kalgoorlie, Larissa also met her husband Jim, and a major family achievement occurred when her daughter was accepted into medical school in Perth.
Larissa has always been a passionate teacher, aiming to inspire the next generation, an ideal that came to the forefront after moving to Ballarat, Victoria. Currently a lecturer at Federation University, Larissa has built a reputation of bringing innovative thinking and new capabilities to the university, lifting the quality of the metallurgical and engineering graduates. She believes that it is ‘a gift to help students grow their careers and teach a profession that allows them to blossom.’ She does this through challenging industry relevant projects that build technical and problem-solving skills in the students.
Larissa is also a major contributor to the AusIMM Central Victoria Branch Committee and the Student Chapter, where she is participating in organising multiple technical seminars and student presentations at the university. She is also a major proponent of the resources sector to the wider community, profiling the industry through arts, articles, the media and practical workshops in schools.
Larissa firmly believes that ‘if you work hard and perform well, you can succeed in any employment.’