To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on Tuesday, June 23, a panel of female industry leaders shared their experiences at an online event.
International Women in Engineering Day is an internationally recognised day that aims to highlight the work done by women in engineering and technical roles.
Hosted by Girls in Engineering, an outreach program at The University of Western Australia, the event was designed to provide insight into the work of engineers and encourage young women to consider a career in the profession.
Participants heard from a range of women working and studying across various industries. These included automation and mining, civil and transport engineering, software engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering.
The panel comprised UWA graduates and students who discussed what engineering is and what engineers do, as well as misconceptions about engineering.
To view the session, click here.
Panellist and mechatronic engineering graduate Hannah Golding is the founder of the Girls in Engineering program that started in 2014. The partnership between Rio Tinto and UWA encourages women to study engineering.
“Women in Engineering Day is about celebrating the progress we’ve made towards a diverse workforce,” she says, “and sharing the benefits of an engineering career to future students.”
Girls in Engineering has engaged with more than 8,000 students, 60 industry and 140 current university students since it launched in 2014.