Girls in Engineering
The UWA Girls in Engineering (GiE) outreach program inspires female students to take advantage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study and the career pathways available in this area.
Under the program, current UWA students and industry partners volunteer their time in schools around Perth to talk to Years 7–12 students about exciting engineering career options. Through a range of discipline-specific challenges, including environmental, mining and biomedical activities, students work collaboratively in teams to solve complex problems.
The GiE program hosts on-campus Discovery Days to showcase a circuit of engineering activities hosted by academics and student societies. Keynote speakers and alumni share their stories and demonstrate the social impact engineering has in improving our world.
Along with our foundational partner, Rio Tinto, we recognise that the gender imbalance in STEM fields should be addressed from an early age. With less than 15 per cent of women in the Australian engineering workforce, we are working on breaking gender stereotypes, demystifying fields of study and working to create the engineers of the future.
We would like to thank the following supports for the Girls in Engineering program: Rio Tinto, Monadelphous, Babcock, Newmont, ATCO and Fircroft Australia.
The person behind the job
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"It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not."
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"The gaps in our understanding is what drives curiosity, innovation and development."
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"I learnt that other people’s opinion of you does not change what you are doing.”
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”Without Engineers, we as a society will not be where we are today.”
Ravishi De Zoysa
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“Whatever your strengths are, there are opportunities for you in engineering.”
Graduate Mining Engineer at Rio Tinto
"Anything is possible when you set your mind to it, you just have to try."
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"Don't be afraid to fail - you may even work out that failing was more important than succeeding!”
Software Engineer at VROMO
"I have learned that you have to persevere, stop comparing yourself to others and focus on what your strengths are."
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