Pictured: Left, Rising Star of the year 2021, Nikita Sardesai. Right, Graduate of the Year Finalist, Emilie Morscheck with Nikita.

As testament to the work our systems engineers perform at Shoal, Nikita Sardesai has taken out Rising Star of the Year award, at the 2021 Australian Defence Industry Awards.

This award recognises the individual that has most effectively shaped their business’ success while supporting the strengthening of Australia’s defence and national security capabilities. To win this award, Nikita demonstrated a commitment to excelling professionally in the defence industry and is on a rapid career trajectory — and made a positive contribution to defence and the defence industry.

Shoal Award attendees

Pictured: Left, Graeme Dunk, Rising Star of the year 2021, Nikita Sardesai, Tom Cregan, Shaun Wilson, Graduate of the Year Finalist, Emilie Morscheck and Tim Carter.

The event held in Sydney on 14 December 2021, provided an opportunity to recognise the achievements and excellence of the industry’s most illustrious professionals and businesses, as well as all defence industry stakeholders, including primes, small-to-medium enterprises (SME), academic institutions and associations, as well as high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians, and academics.

In a nod to all of our talent, Shoal’s Emilie Morscheck was a finalist for Graduate of the Year amongst some of those at large defence primes. Shoal was a finalist in 4 of the award categories, including SME Business of the Year, Graduate Program of the Year, Graduate of the Year and Rising Star.

238 finalists competed across 32 categories this year.