Careers with STEM: Engineering 2020

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Career building

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Combine engineering (STEM) with your passion (X)! Start here! Engineering + …


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Software engineering is exciting and rewarding, with problem-solving, creativity and diversity”





? G N I R E E N I G N E WHAT IS Engineers apply STEM skills to solve problems in the real world


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Design thinking


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Maths and science, like physics


Technical skills

What’s your type? iting Biomedical! With so many exc oftware! Civil! Mechanical! g discipline can erin ine king a compatible eng specialisations out there, pic g degree and erin ine eng l era to study a more gen be tricky. You might choose there. Keep in mind ts, discover your major from after trying out a few subjec sferable skill set uate courses teach you a tran though, that most undergrad s. ds of different engineering role that can be used across loa : rch sea job re r futu This should narrow down you ing from y engineers fluent in everyth Computer engineer: tech-s)avv , e) design product erience and UI (user interfac programming, UX (user exp chine learning and ineering, sof tware design, ma development, electronic eng AI (Ar tificial Intelligence). vice and cialists that design, build, ser Civil engineer: construction spe -ca – high pacity that we depend on every day adapt the public infrastructure te networks, airports, rtation systems, railways, was roads, cost-effective transpo ontrol facilities. flood defences and pollution-c ally mate STEM multitaskers, equ Biomedical engineer: the ultiering. On-the-job biomedical engineers engine skilled in health science and s and equipment ls to design and build device skil ng olvi m-s ble pro ir apply the used in healthcare. knowledge er who uses their extensive Chemical engineer: an enginerefine familiar products (think: food, ess and of chemicals to evaluate, ass g processes. production and manufacturin drink and fuel), and improve spends matician-meets-mechanic who ng Mechanical engineer: a mathe igni des ing, vat machines – maintaining, inno nine-to-five hanging out with rgy generators, and building spacecraft, ene For a full list of engineerin . head to g roles robots or mining machinery s



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Biomedical engineer

Software engineer

Communications engineer

Chemical engineer

Systems engineer

Industrial engineer



e r u t u f e h t g n i r Enginee y r t n u o c r e t t e for a b Indigenous engineering excellence has a deep history and an exciting future

mark henaway electr ical engineer

Forward thinker Music first sparked Mark Henaway’s interest in engineering, and led to a successful, international career


ut engineering, and alk to Mark Henaway abo on is flying cars. the first thing he’ ll menti and manufactured!” “They’ve been developed tructure engineer at says the associate infras ry eering, design and adviso Aurecon, a global engin so yet ted rke not mass-ma company. “They’re just one.” y bu d an t ou you can’t go ly fut uristic technology on the n’t are s Flying car in his work, which Mark is thinking about transportation and reimagines the fut ure of ign in 2050 will look des a vision for what urban it all is engineering. like. And at the heart of in smart motor way “I’m currently involved time or ma ke it reliable, projects to improve travel rk y for our customers,” Ma and improve the journe ce pla in t pu to ed ne we says. “To be fut ure ready,


Electrical engineering apprentice, Queensland Main Roads Senior electrical engineer and Principal Engineer ITS, Department of Main Roads, Qld

Bachelor of Engineering, QUT Mentor, Engineering Aid Australia


Designer, Queensland Main Roads Associate Infrastructure, Aurecon

I’ve pretty much done a lot of what excited me”

Go with the flow

ve from our current steps that allow us to mo and systems that can adapt technologies, and create the on s ice dev t pu we can evolve to the point where .” car a to ly direct road that communicate

Electric feel

South Sea Island heritage, A Birri Gubba man with y started with his passion Mark’s own career journe and as he was pu lling apart for music. Growing up,

What have you learnt so

rejigging his amps and mu sical tech, something about the design and en gineering str uck a chord. “In Year 10, I worked wi th an electrician and it was fun just crawling thr ough people’s houses an d wiring things up. It rea lly captured me, that this is what I want to be a part of. “Then at the end of Year 12, I didn’t manage to get into university. So, I too k on an electrica l apprenticeship with Qu eensland Main Roads, which was great because it gave me a good practi cal baseline for what I did lat er through university fro m an academic perspective, ” he says. Mark’s career has since taken him around the world, from light rail an d road projects in New South Wa les and Queen sland, to working along side colleagues using vir tua l rea lity (VR) to help peo ple navigate through roadw ays and cycles and developing smart motor ways for Dubai and traffic management systems for Abu Dhabi’s longest tun nel. “I’ve pretty much done a lot of what excited me . Working in Dubai, everyt hing is done on a bigger sca le there, and particula rly in my part of the industry. It rea lly opened my eyes because I was working with people fro m Europe, the US, Asia and Africa,” he says. “Working in Abu Dhabi , Dubai, and Qatar it wa s about relationships,” say s Mark. “A nd the communication was tot ally different. Engineer ing is not just about technica l things. Communicatio n is a big part of it and develo ping relationships is eve n bigger.” – Heather Catch pole

far? IAES taught me that engine ering is about scale. I live in Mandurah, where the old bridge has bee n replaced [New Mandurah Bridge]. That was super interesting bec ause it’s reinforced steel con crete and was being pushed across the bridge at the same time it was being constructed. It was suc h a crazy challenge! How’s life as an unde rgra

d engineer? I’m in my second year of uni at Cur tin studying chemical engineering. I also gained a school scholarship with Che vron for their Aboriginal cadet progra m, working as an undergrad uate engineer. I’ve worked on a pro ject using soundwaves to eva luate the amount of sand in a pipe, and also gone up nor th to wor k on a week-long project evalua ting wastewater treatment. I help out with the IAES whe n I get a chance, and I also wor k with the STEM outreach pro gram at Cur tin helping to brid ge the information gap bet ween Che vron and Cur tin. Was engineering what yo

u expected? Engineering is not about gen ius people who live in books – it’s a practical science and lets you use knowledge to go and make something or see if something ’s viable. It’s kind of intuitiv e.

Chemical engineering degree, Curtin University

eived an email about the Ind igenous Australian Engineering School (IAES). She thought it was a great opportunity and would help me stay motivated. In Year 9 we had an assignment to choose a form of work and do a study on it. I thought engineering sounde d cool and I found a list of top 10 jobs in Australia that included che mical engineering.

Undergraduate Engineer, Aboriginal cadet program, Chevron

Cody Coleman grew up in Perth and identifies as Wadjak-Pinjarra. A curtin University engineering student, he works summers as a chemical engineer at energy company Chevron How did you get into engineering? One of my teachers rec

Any advice?

Get involved early and stay invo lved. As an introvert in high school, throwing yourself into opportu nities like IAES and camps, rea lly helps. Engineering isn’t as com plex as it seems but it does tak e an effort – you need to be engage d in it. – Heather Catchpole

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Indigenous Australian Engineering School, Year 9

What are your plans fo

r the future? I’d like to work in innovating the energy sector and look at how we do what we’re doing, but bet ter, and cleaner.


ese ex Ramp up your resume with th r? ee gin en n ca u yo ink th u yo So,


far from cruisy. ngineering degrees are , exams and Between the assignments to find five minutes rd ha internships it can be out-of-hours stuff that to chill, let alone do more . towards your final marks doesn’t officia lly count ur yo et me that you cou ld But what if we told you ot u’re programming a rob yo ile wh fut ure employer ge? en all ch gineering at an extracurricu lar en gineer, seasoned job en il civ , an tw Maria An of NW D Design & Build interviewer and director for of putting your hand up stresses the importance e u’r yo easy option when all that extra stuff. “The play video games in your to at university might be owever, under taking spare time,” she says. “H

tracurricular industry comps

activities related to your engineering degree shows an employer you genuinely enjoy what you’re studying, which makes you an attractive candidate.” And with job-search giants Seek stressing that employers are placing increasing value on the interpersonal skills learnt through practical, collaborative learning – there’s never been a better time to skill up out of hours.

What’s On Whether chemical, civil, software, mechanical or biomedical engineering is your thing, there are loads of competitions to pop in your iCalendars. Keep an eye on for the full list.

iGem 2021 dates TBC Electrical engineering

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge October 22-30, 2021 Into STEM + epic road trip s? Participants engineer and build a sol ar-powered vehicle and power it for rea l from the NT to Adelaide. Once the teams have left Darw in they must travel as far as they can each day before setting up camp wherever they end up com e 5pm. Yep, even if it’s the desert. Skill-up in: Mechanica l engineering, electrica l engineering, renewable energ y engineering and advanced map-reading smarts.

l Genetically The iGem (Internationa p invites Engineered Machine) com unique to ms students to solve proble tic biolog y, the syn their communities in ms are given Tea ty. uri biosafety and biosec biologica l parts a kit of interchangeable t using standard to build, measure and tes iques. First place gets molecular biolog y techn tal LEGO brick! a bigger-than-life-size me thetic biolog y, Skill-up in: Advanced syn problem-solving. d orl innovation and rea l-w


RoboCup June 22-28, 2021

Biomedical engineering

Andris Samsons, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, 1993 (now senior engineer at FORD Motor Company)

V C r u o y p u p e St

“It’s not just a motor race. The event challenges you and your teammates to project manage, fund, design, engineer, build, test and field a car in what is arguably the world’s most difficult design competition and one of the great adventures of our time.”


Software engineering

If you’re a wannabe software engineer, this comp is the ultimate. RoboCup requires participants to design and build robots to play against each other in an epic game of football, with the ultimate goal of creating a team capable of beating humans come 2050. Skill-up in: programming, AI development and serious teamwork.



like it was -participants tell it Ex ! at th n room wo e, er th Been be able to experience a to ol co s wa It ! gy er en e th

t and “I loved the environmen d about robotics as I was.” Alec Lyttle, RoboCup 2019 te fu ll of people just as exci

Extra credit Gravity Challenge 2021 dates TBC

Data engineering

Participating teams from six startups and unis have s on uti sol p weeks to develo ess sin bu to rea l-world te’s space challenges using Deloit ics ranging from data capabilities, on top ecommunication, transport through to tel station projects. ore environmental and ref ovation, Inn ! ng Skill-up in: Every thi str uction, con , ing nk out-of-the-box thi – Cassie Steel data science and strategy.

the extra hours Not convinced that putting in otherwise. “Anything us s ure will pay off? Maria ass ws initiative – which you do on top of university sho ce,” she says. is really important in the workpla great exercise in “Engineering challenges are a that you have strong, creativity! They demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking skills.”

Team comps no only suggest that you’retco – which is a plus – bu mpetitive can work well with ott that you hers too.” BONUS!

Apart from (hopefully) landing you a job, engineering comps are also awesome for: Meeting like-minded people ! Don’t forget to swap socials afterwa rds. Finding a mentor! Often the re are seriously inspiring experts floa ting around and helping out. Learning about the way you work! Didn’t know you were a leader? Or tha t you were so into the planning process? Discovering your learning style can be inva luable. Developing interpersonal skills, like time management, decision-m aking and collaboration smarts.

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Pr ior itisation



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Decision-mak ing

Ti me ma nagement

Ability to work under pressure







Conf lict resolution



h t a p r u o y r e v o c Dis Preetpal Dhillon software

illon’s study Software engineer Preetpal Dh ists and turns and career path has taken tw as he’s followed his passions



ished high school, hen Preetpal Dhillon fin ething medical, so he wanted to study som ce degree. However, he signed up for a scien back it wasn’t for him. Going after a year he rea lised ed lov ays alw d etpal ha to the drawing board, Pre decided to switch to d an ool sch h maths in hig d act uaria l studies. a degree in commerce an still didn’t quite tick all However, this new choice al ref lected more on his the right boxes. So, Preetp his interest in technology, passions and considered g ngs work, before switchin and genera lly, in how thi – th wi ate on to gradu to the degree he would go d Information Systems, an e erc mm Co a Bachelor of at the University of NSW. gh all of those changes “I’m gratef ul I went throu ething I rea lly enjoy. because I landed on som s out,” Preetpal says. ng Don’t be afraid to try thi

Choices, choices...

ting a degree that Even after finally comple d passions, Preetpal matched his interests an trying and testing his hasn’t shied away from

Bachelor of Commerce/ Information Systems, UNSW

Graduate, CBA

Software Engineer, CBA



career options. Having joined the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) graduate program, Preetpal chose cyber security for his first rotation. However, he found he enjoyed software engineering more – recalling his love of the programming courses at uni. “I found it fascinating that you could build these apps just out of writing text,” he says. Now, Preetpal is a full-time software engineer at CBA. His team works on the bank’s online platform, NetBank – specifically improving the end-to-end digital experiences for business banking customers. Preetpal loves working in a tight-knit team – his “work family” – and the opportunities, like volunteering, he gets to do outside of his day job. His career tip if you feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of new things to learn – at school, uni or a new job? Break the problem down into smaller pieces. And when he’s not building a career as a software engineer, Preetpal loves Marvel and DC superheroes, volleyball and has a passion for Lego!

emillie thiselton software engineer

Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced), University of Adelaide

Going places CBA software engineer Emillie Thiselton is only at the start of her career, but it’s already taking off


Software Engineer, CBA



Graduate, CBA

at university wasn’t exactly millie Thiselton’s experience ence a Bachelor of Computer Sci  run-of-the-mill. She studied of Adelaide, which included (Advanced) at the University d t Emillie worked on in her thir jec a research element. The pro hon Pyt a for g-in error messaging plu and final year – an enhanced the d ture Sublime Tex t – cap code-editing platform called she continued working on it so , isor erv attention of her sup separately to her degree. bred ted, the Adelaide born-andThe year after Emillie gradua ference at a sof tware engineering con student presented her paper life. her of one of the best moments in Brazil, which she says, was an at erience. Presenting “It was the most amazing exp other side of the world was the on international conference vous doing,” she says. “I was so ner something I’d never imagined er oth the of st mo ference and to present. It was my first con were really experienced in ting sen pre and people attending ir PhD.” ting, or had completed, the research and either comple

Researcher, University of Adelaide

With a graduate CV like that, it’s easy to see why Emillie could be picky with her choice of post-uni gigs. At a uni Careers Fair, Emillie says the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) stand stood out. She also knew they were often ranked among the top graduate employers in Australia and had heard good things about CBA’s culture. Emillie successfully applied for a graduate position at CBA and packed her bags, moving away from Adelaide for the first time, to a shared apartment in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. “It was pretty exciting, and a big change from home. Sydney is very different, there’s always stuff going on, which is good – but I also think there are too many people!” she jokes. At the time of writing, Emillie was working from home back in Adelaide during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says she was able to make some great friendships through the graduate program and loved the social aspect. Even in the new work-from-home world, her team hosts fun virtual meetings. Emillie has completed the graduate program and is now a full-time software engineer at CBA. Her role is focused on home-buying projects in NetBank, CBA’s online banking platform. Emillie says a big factor in choosing her current role following the graduate program was the team she knew she’d be working with. “I’m surrounded by such a friendly and smart team, with a great culture,” she says. While Emillie’s burgeoning software engineering career might already sound pretty impressive, she stresses that anyone who is keen should give computer science a go and not be intimidated by it. “Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know anything, everybody starts off at that point. If it’s what you want to do, then you should give it a go!” – Gemma Chilton

Tutor, University of Adelaide

All the way to the bank



t r a p a , r e h t e g o Working t to three engineers working at ed att ch We al! rm no w ne the coming Working from home is fast be of socially distanced teamwork ts ou d an ins the t ou ab n sia any Atlas Sydney-based software comp at software like Zoom

a centra l king working away from ew tech was already ma and ng n COVID-19 came alo office more common – the ) was FH (W e a, working from hom accelerated it. In Australi even t bu ic, em pu lsory during the pand s ice encouraged or even com off ny ma ed, and restrictions eas d sai e as we flattened the curve hav – US the e – like Twitter in are staying closed and som to. nt wa y the if m home forever, employees can work fro sian, the shift bal tech company At las glo ed For Aussie-found a team, but teamwork – working as was smoot h. Distributed established. locations – was already from different physical


re using ch At lassian employees we munication, blogging to keep up com and Slack, and internal de fun office ma o als y in place. They’ve so the tools were alread d an cooking classes, activities like yoga and l. tua vir s even team lunche m fro ng goi e So what’s it lik y cit l coo a in o-5 spending 9-t ? me ho m fro ng rki office, to wo s yee plo em n sia las Three At n tell us! – Gemma Chilto

Mixing up IRL and virtual meetings was already the norm for Atlassian’s distributed teams pre-COVID-19

Use all the tools available to you – overcommunicate if necessary”

#1 ang Ziming Wwa re

Senior Soft Engineer, Atlassian

As a senior sof tware engine er, it’s Ziming’s job to understand the roadmap and requirements for a new sof tware products and translate that into design and implementation. He recently worked on enabling automation in Atla ssian’s best-known sof tware platform, Jira. “Th is update to Jira helps sof tware developers to reduce distraction from routine steps in their wor kflow, so they can focus on what’s most importa nt and things they enjoy doing,” he explains. Loves: Lego, travelling and skiing


Home office set-up: Study room with a standing desk and two monitors. “I’m grateful Atlassian

Bachelor of Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China Software Development Engineer, Microsoft


ation to be helped us set up our workst ” rm. g-te lon comfortable for the e a lot of Best part about WFH: “I sav to work, ting mu com not time and stress g. Because so I spend more time workin nge my it’s more flexible for me to arra tive.” time, I feel it’s more produc team: Best part of a distributed und the aro “Because we come from ssing gre pro p world, tasks can kee know to d goo It’s around the clock. turning els whe the p someone can kee ” ep! asle while you are available to WFH tips: “Use all the tools necessary.” you – over-communicate if

Software Engineer, China Telecom

Senior Software Developer, Fidelity Investments

Senior Software Engineer, Atlassian

Isabelle Weber 2 #

Senior Software Developer, Atlassian

Product Growth Team. Isabelle works in Atlassian’s , product managers and “I collaborate with designers tures and experiences that other engineers to build fea r and adopt a broader set of help our customers discove lains. Atlassian products,” she exp rd games and hiking Loves: Baking, reading, boa desk, comfy chair, my Home office set-up: “Large sable mug”. laptop, headphones and reu ast while catching up on Typical 9-to-5: “I eat breakf ht, and plan my day. At rnig any missed messages ove daily ‘stand-up’. I do plenty 10am my team and I have our mmates’ work, and par tner of coding, help review my tea product manager to make with my team’s designer and h what I’m building.” sure I’m on the right track wit ith full-time remote work, Overcoming challenges: “W in person. However, what I definitely miss seeing others le cof fee slots on our my team has done is schedu beverage and all hang out hot a calendars, where we grab r rnoons we have a social hou on a video call. On Friday afte k!” wee the r wind down afte and play games together to Bachelor of Computer Science, UNSW

My team has schedule d coffee slots where we grab a ho t be verage and all hang out on a video call”

Graduate Developer, Atlassian


Developer, Atlassian

Senior Developer, Atlassian

Anushka Mudh

Software Developer, olkar Atlassian

Anushka’s job involves working with other engineers on the team, along with the team’s designer and product manager, to build products “that our customers love to use,” she says. This includes building features that make the product simple to navigate and more accessible, for example for people with visual impairments. “Every user should be able to use our products with no challenges whatsoever.” Loves: Hiking, swimming, dancing Home office set-up: “I have a desk in the corner of my room, that has a lot of plants and pictures, a big monitor and a laptop.” Typical 9 to 5: “I wake up at 8-ish and try to do some yoga. Take a shower and prep some breakfast and by then it’s time for my team’s stand-up – where we share updates on how we are going with our tasks.

It’s heartwarming to see so many of my teammates in Bangalore”

Bachelor of Computing and Software Systems, University of Melbourne

“Af ter that I get some cof fee , code a little, or attend meetin gs. The meetings usually involve making decisions abo ut the different design aspect s of the product. We spar on how we can resolve technical issues, plan for our nex t ‘spr int’ or I pair program with another teammate – we sha re our screens and give rem ote control to the other whe we’re working from home, in n the office we would just use one of our laptops. I normally for a nice long walk in the afte go rnoon and code a little more till around 5pm. On Fridays have some social events wit we h the team in the evening tha t I always look forward to.” Best thing about working with a distributed team: “De finitely the assimilation of different cultures – our tea m works with the Bangalore office in India and it’s heartwarming to see people from the two cities working on something they share a common passion for – it’s a delight to witness and be a par t of. I have definitely learnt so much and grown a lot as a person.”

Graduate Software Developer, Atlassian


Software Developer, Atlassian




Building a better world Meet three engineers using their skills and qualifications to improve lives and wellbeing


Disability access and inclusion

Huy Nguyen

arian engineer Systems and humanit


ieves engineering uy Ng uyen strongly bel lls to ma ke the world equips you with the ski and accessible place. a better, more inclusive ple take up the challenge He hopes more young peo ial impact and that there to use engineering for soc nities for those who do. are great career opportu tracted a vir us called Born in Vietnam, Huy con nths old, which left him polio when he was 18 mo to s in his legs. He moved with permanent paralysi g rin du d an old rs six yea Australia when he was tion for severe scoliosis era op an d ha ool high sch k Huy says this set him bac (curvature of the spine). his rea lly focus on a year – but also made him to do next. d nte wa studies and what he

Not (just) my problem


land on his ideal degree Huy didn’t immediately ntually graduated from at university but he eve University (AN U) in the Australian Nationa l in systems engineering. Canberra, with a degree s having these personal “During my degree I wa d g a disability, so I decide challenges around havin his r Fo s. Huy recall to do something about it,” looked at the social y Hu , sis the Honours year ple with disabilities challenges faced by peo lens. through an engineering e ays was an approach I’v eaw tak key the of “One y Hu ’,” l model of disability adopted called the ‘socia th wi problem doesn’t lie explains. “It means the lity or impairment, it lies abi dis the person with the d them.” with the barriers aroun hy, Huy founded an sop ilo ph s Applying thi e Development which organisation called Enabl anisations to help them delivers workshops to org and accessibility to improve their inclusivity r example, Enable Fo people with disabilities. nual program for RMIT Development runs an an dents to help them and AN U engineering stu lity and ageing so they deeply understand disabi

Bachelor of Systems Engineering (Honours), Australian National University

if you don’t fit the mould, you don’t have to force yourself to fit” can apply it in their careers. Huy’s work in disability advocacy saw him awarded ACT Young Australian of the Year in 2014. Huy is now working on a new venture called Enabler Interactive – a high-tech platform that uses simulations, virtual reality and augmented reality to improve training for workers in disability and aged-care services. Huy says entrepreneurship – starting up his own businesses – was a great path for him and while it has its challenges, recommends it for any grads who find they’re struggling to “fit the mould” after uni. “If you can’t fit into the mould, you don’t have to force yourself to fit,” says Huy. “Maybe instead you should be out there creating better solutions.” – Gemma Chilton

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is career is legit! “There’s a misconception that doing good means you’re going to be poor fore ver,” says Huy. On the contrar y, Huy reckons the re are loads of opportunities for engineers in this space – par ticularly in disabilit y and aged care in Australia – thanks to the $22 billion NDIS (National Disability Insuran ce Scheme). “If you look at the disabilit y sector in Australia, it’s a massive gro wth area.”

1. Travel! “Travel extensively and get to know people and communities,” says Huy. “That informs and enriches our view of the world and challenges our status quo. “But when travelling, remember we are not there to solve people’s problems, we’re there to learn, listen and share stories. It’s important to be open minded.”

3. Humanitarian careers are for everyone. “It may sound

like the people working in this space are a special group, but we’re just people, some with slightly different needs. We need everyone’s input. There aren’t enough young professionals in social impact engineering,” says Huy.


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Civil engineer


International development

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epal-based engineer Sujita Khadka says she has a huge responsibility, “Being a civil engineer, I feel a sense of duty to develop my home and all of Nepal.” Although based in Sindhuli, Nepal, Sujita recently spent three months in Wagga Wagga, NSW doing a lengthy stint of work experience – six weeks at Riverina Water County Council and a cadet engineering gig with the City Council. Both roles, she hoped, would equip her with the skills needed to achieve her ultimate goal of improving the lives of those in her community. “Growth comes from learning,” she stresses. “Nepal has such huge potential in technology!” At school, Sujita always had a keen interest in science and tech subjects, which led her to enrol at Sindhuli Community Technical Institute after graduation. Studying a Diploma in Civil Engineering was a huge deal for any woman, let alone a woman in a developing country. “The only thing I could control was my work ethic,” she says. “I always kept myself busy!” The three-year degree led to a job working at the same school as an assistant instructor, where she helped out with building and construction projects. Along with seeing students smashing their goals, Sujita cites playing with cement, sand, stone and mud – and creating something from it – among the job’s biggest perks. “Developing something from nothing still excites me,” she admits. “It reminds me of the value of the small things that nature gives us!” “I’m still learning and making new principles for my life every day from each and every experience, and hoping for a better future,” she says. – Cassie Steel



3D-printed hands



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engineering at Bowtell kickstarted his ding a dream job at career ma king cars, lan as an engineer in automotive giant Toyota Hi nt. s ‘thing’ was lean their operations departme fying processes, reducing manufacturing – simpli nt ality – which led to a sti waste and improving qu direct ly from the in Japan in 2009 to learn nt team. Pla i ach company’s Motom Mat championed the use rs yea ee thr For the next ing techniques back of sophisticated 3D-print 7, ona factor y closed in 201 home, until Toyota’s Alt the wn do g rin sta t – bu leaving him out of work pat hway. w ne g itin exc an of barrel on maintaining a positive us “I really wanted to foc d a way that I cou ld use mindset and trying to fin 8 help others,” said the 201 my engineering skills to ar Ye the of stralian Victorian Local Hero [Au gh d the opportunity throu ha I ul tef gra awards]. “I’m .” eer gin en an as ssion Toyota to find my true pa in auto engineering and CV ve ssi pre im an With ng lower-cost production experience in implementi rkshop in his suburban solutions, Mat set up a wo t – 3D-printed hands. garage for his own projec

Helping hand

ing technologies and Using a mix of 3D-print dbackyard-start up-turne advanced bionics, Mat’s d-charity, creates internationally-recognise b born with cognitive lim se assistive devices for tho ed. m to those in ne differences, and gifts the ed hands to people all int -pr “We send our 3D n y free of charge, we eve over the world completel ut tho wi n bor s. “People pay the postage,” he say t have to pay even one cen n’t uld sho s nd arms or ha .” prove their quality of life for something that’ll im take around 15 hours to While the limbs typica lly ponents across three print, by spreading the com

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i really wanted to focus on using my engineering skills to help others” machines, Mat has cut the production time of each down to just five hours – a skill carried over from his time at Toyota. Aside from being supported by crowdfunding and donations, in 2018 Mat was among nine Australians to receive a Westpac Social Change Fellowship, valued at $50,000. As part of the fellowship, he went overseas to meet with prosthetic and bionic innovators and has since returned home, pumped to work on his most ambitious project to date – a low-cost bionic arm. – Cassie Steel

J-PAC Scholarship Mechanical Engineering, Chiba University, Japan

Diploma of Languages (Japanese), Monash University

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unny Forsyth has always bee n into solving stuff. It’s what attract ed him to studying engineering. “I was interested in how technolog y could help solve the world’s proble ms, and I figured engineering wou ld also allow me the flexibility to travel,” he says.


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Cadetship, Defence Material Organisation

ENGINEERING+ANU Sunny stuck his head down in Year 12 maths and science, and headed to ANU to kickstart a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Soon into his degree, Sunny realised he’d need more than academic smarts to ace the practical units in his program. “My preconceptions of what engineering was were wrong,” he says. “It’s not just all academic but rather everything else that’s involved in a project too.”

Making a difference After graduation, a stint in sales and cadetship in Defence eventually led Sunny to his first passion project. He started a 12-month graduate gig as an AusAid Youth Ambassador, stationed in an anti-human trafficking organisation in Laos. “I discovered what I cared about,” says Sunny, “and became highly motivated.” After extending his stay in Laos well past the 12 months, Sunny founded his own organisation – Abundant Water – a social enterprise helping remote communities gain access to clean drinking water. As CEO, now based back in Canberra, the passionate innovator uses advanced systems and software engineering to do what he loves most – solve problems – and better the lives of the communities he works with. Sunny’s advice if you’re keen to have an impact? “Find what you’re best at, and get even better at it.” – Cassie Steel

Youth Ambassador, AusAid

Abundant Water, founder and CEO


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Biomedical engineer Mary Poniard is making sure 2000 new ventilators for Australian intensive care wards are ready to care for COVID-19 patients urne-based Grey s the test engineer at Melbo ks across disciplines wor  Innovation, Mary Poniard al engineering. Each nic cha including electrical and me dreds of components which ventilator is made up of hun al engineers. Mary tests the are assembled by mechanic y function correctly. One prototypes to make sure the set of artificial lungs. piece of test equipment is a k to replicate sick or “We can change how they wor ple,” Mary explains. healthy, big ger or smaller peo ble the countr y’s current dou The ventilators will almost , approvals and manufacture supply – and design, testing months. Mary says this is need to happen in just three al devices, which are usually almost unheard of for medic developed over several years.


Inner workings Mary grew up in Ireland and spent time in hospitals visiting a sick family member. “Machines fascinated me, and I was always asking nurses how they worked,” she says. After studying biomedical engineering, Mary worked on projects including a device to catch blood clots during minimally invasive surgery. Keen to travel, she accepted a role with Fisher & Paykel in New Zealand. There, she designed humidifiers to help babies in incubators whose lungs weren’t working. “It really opens your eyes to see how much you need to put into the design to not harm vulnerable end users,” she says. – Nadine Cranenburgh

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machines fascinated me, and i was always asking the nurses how they worked”

Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical/Medical), National University of Ireland, Galway

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DIY degree aire Morphett Engineering student Clpassions – engineering has combined her two te her own epic pathway and medicine – to crea ured STEM subjects. In high laire Morphett has always favo ths, and later at university, school it was physics and ma . “Their skills and concepts are programming and engineering s. “Having a background in so transferable,” she stresse uni.” really useful to my studies at physics and maths has been sity s student at The Univer of Currently a final year Honour two degrees – proving that if Adelaide, Claire has taken on have to settle for just the one STEM is your thing, you don’t working on my Honours project specialisation. “I’m currently studying subjects in applied in biomedical engineering, and engineering,” she says of her mathematics and aerospace be working on a project that dual pathway. “It’s exciting to ineering and medicine, whilst combines my interests in eng research.” also contributing to ongoing between attending lectures var Claire’s days on campus y al and tackling the more technic and tutorials, to hitting the lab ing, mm gra I do a lot of pro side of her course work. “As where which is really any from k wor I can fortunately

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World building Civil and construction engineer Genevieve De Michele loves seeing her work in the real world everyday


hen Genevieve De Michele was in high school, she really loved maths, physics and IT. During her engineering degree, howeve r, Genevieve she says she didn ’t have much of an idea of wha engineers did or what type of t engineering she wanted to spe cialise in. Her lightbulb momen during a class on mixing concre t cam e te. “My dad’s a builder, and gro wing up around construction with him, I felt immediately com sites fortable,” she says. “I realise d, ‘I’m going to be a civil enginee Genevieve graduated from the r’.” Queensland University of Tec hnology (QUT) with a Bachelo of Civil and Construction Eng r ineering. Based in Brisbane, Genevieve now works as an infrastructure and transport advisor for a company called Gluco Consultants.

genevieve de michele civil engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Construction), QUT

Consultant, Advisian

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“I help government and private clients scope projects and solve problems in a really broad range of ways,” she explains. Genevieve has worked on major projects including Brisbane’s M5 Legacy Way tunnel and the rail network strategy for South East Queensland. She’s currently working with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority on disaster relief projects. Genevieve loves seeing the product of her work in the real world. “I drive past the Legacy Way tunnel and I get so excited when people are using it,” she says. Her advice to aspiring engineers is to do what you love, and to take advantage of networking opportunities. – Gemma Chilton Advisor, Apical ADS

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Smart lifesaving technology

At Lake Macquarie City Council, as the smart city lead, Claire collects data from sensors on local beaches to provide lifeguards with immediate, continuous surf conditions and crowd numbers. This helps them determine what resources are required to keep the beaches safe and user-friendly.

ineering event, fter attending a women in eng for her. She  Claire knew engineering was Environmental and il Civ of r helo Bac enrolled in the hno of Tec logy, Sydney Engineering at the University working in the (UTS), during which she started construction industry. for coding, so after She also discovered a passion in digital engineering graduating she took on a role lding’s design and – using data to optimise a bui yed computer coding. construction. “I realised I enjo type of engineering if I’d I might have done a different school,” says Claire. known that when I was in high went through When the construction industry versity to do a uni to k a downturn, Claire went bac engineer, the an ing “Be g. Master’s in Town Plannin erstanding of und the and had I problem-solving skills for planning,” she says. how things are built were useful ked with different During her Master’s she wor until the opportunity to councils to gain experience ’ project management join a ‘digital transformation my engineering skills and team came up. “Because of a position,” says Claire. background, I was able to get planner, Claire’s unique n tow a Being an engineer and a smart city project from skill set allows her to work on how to engage with beginning to end. “I understand gs or the legislation the community, how to plan thin things,” says Claire. around that and how to build job” at Lake Claire is now doing her “dream is the smart city she re Macquarie City Council, whe hnical. She tec y ver lead. Par t of her job can be s, making sor sen the of re looks after the sof twa that all sensors are well sure they run smoothly and a lot of time integrated. She also spends in the industry. ple peo er oth h net working wit of smart cities, she Collaboration is a key aspect s most is engaging with explains. But what she love d what people need. the community to understan e skill you need in ber Claire believes the num -on oblem-solving “Pr . ving -sol engineering is problem e. In smart hav to ls skil able is one of the most valu munity problems cities, you’re trying to solve com uela Callari all the time,” she says. – Man


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But who is building these smart cities? Electrical and electronic engineer s are working on building better sensors, while sof tware engineers are improving how sensors work. Artificial intelligen ce and machine learning en gineering are at the core of sensors’ technology, and a lot of job opportunities will generate from these expanding areas. Another massive area con tinuing to gain momentum is the field of data analy tics. “There’s no point collecting all these data and doing nothing with it. We need to be able to tell stories from data,” say s engineer and smart city lead, Claire Chaikin-Bry an. Data Analy tics is funda mental to finding patter ns in the data that give use ful information. But smart cities are not only about placing sensor s, collecting and interpret ing data. Mechatronics engineers are building autonomou s vehicles and sophisticate d robots; and chemical an d environmental engineer s play a crucial role in are as such as energy efficiency , air and water pollution, sewage and waste treatm ent. The possibilities are endless and unfolding. “People talk about it as a destination, but it’s more like a journey that you are continually updating an d continually evaluating,” says Claire. – Manuela Ca llari

Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTS

in smart cities, you’re trying to solve community problems all the time”

Transformation Project Manager, Northern beaches Council

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communicationS engin sor Iftekhar Ahmad is a the cities of the futueer researching how to connect re – without costing the Earth

r of Computer Science and fter graduating with a Bachelo had just finished his PhD in Engineering, Iftekhar Ahmad field at Monash University when his communications technologies g. alon e e shift and smartphones cam of expertise underwent a hug ch ear Res ss Communications Iftekhar now leads the Wirele (ECU) in Western Australia. sity ver Group at Edith Cowan Uni icles sor technologies, electric veh He points to wireless and sen of as are g itin exc as of Things (IoT)’ and the ‘industrial Internet ies log hno tec n atio nic commu innovation. “Smartphones and the way we access ised tion olu rev e hav 5G like 4G and information,” Iftekhar says. currently focused on green In his work at ECU, Iftekhar is rgy “The increasing trend of ene communications technologies. nt contributed by the consumption/carbon footpri khar a major concern,” he says. Ifte is ry communications indust


Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

iftekhar ahmad communications engineer is researching ways to integrate renewable energy into communications technologies and is also interested in technology around electric vehicle charging. Iftekhar was sold on ECU based on the facilities and culture, and says the uni’s School of Engineering boasts one of the best hands-on study experiences, working with the latest engineering equipment. “With the uptake of industrial automation and the digital revolution, electrical engineers are more important than ever,” he says. – Gemma Chilton

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