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Women in engineering to share industry experiences online

A panel of industry leaders with diverse engineering careers will share their experiences at an online event to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.

A panel of industry leaders with diverse engineering careers will share their experiences at an online event to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.

International Women in Engineering Day aims to highlight the work of women in engineering and technical roles.

The event will be hosted by Girls in Engineering, an outreach program at the University of Western Australia (UWA). It aims to provide insight into what engineers do and encourage young women to consider a career in the profession.

The panel is comprised of women working and studying across industries including automation and mining, civil and transport engineering, software engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.

They will discuss what engineering is, what engineers do and some of the misconceptions about engineering.

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Mechatronic engineering graduate Hannah Golding founded the Girls in Engineering program in 2014. She carried out research and development at UWA as a Rio Tinto graduate in the physics faculty, developing a survey instrument to find the next Tier 1 deposit.

Golding said her role was focused on discovering and influencing automation solutions for Rio Tinto.

“My team is thinking about how we do mining now, and how will this change in the future?” Golding said.

“For example, would we use smaller electric vehicles, could we control diggers remotely, and can drones offer benefit in delivering essential items.”

Golding said it was important to celebrate the successes and achievements of female engineers in the industry.

“Women in Engineering Day is about celebrating the progress we’ve made towards a diverse workforce, and sharing the benefits of an engineering career to future students,” she said.

Girls in Engineering has engaged with more than 8000 students, 60 industry and 140 current university students since it launched in 2014.

The event will be held online on Tuesday 23 June at 5:30 PM AWST. Participants can register for the event here.

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