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.

Girls in Engineering Discovery Day Highlights

Schools we work with

Current schools include:

  • Ballajura Community College
  • Belmont City College
  • Duncraig Senior High School
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • La Salle College
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • Penrhos College
  • Perth College


  • Presbyterian Ladies College
  • Santa Maria College
  • Shenton College
  • St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
  • St Mary's Anglican Girls’ School
  • Wanneroo Secondary College
  • Willetton Senior High School

The person behind the job

Civil Engineer

Eileen Wong
Senior Planner at Built

"It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not."

Biomedical Engineer

Georgia Khinsoe
Research Assistant for VascLab

"The gaps in our understanding is what drives curiosity, innovation and development."

Mechanical Engineer

Tatiana Joannides
Senior Project Engineer at Rio Tinto Iron Ore

"I learnt that other people’s opinion of you does not change what you are doing.”

Chemical Engineer

Mia Savic
Field Production Engineer at Santos Ltd

”Without Engineers, we as a society will not be where we are today.”


Electrical Engineer

Ravishi De Zoysa
Graduate Electrical Engineer at BHP

“Whatever your strengths are, there are opportunities for you in engineering.”

Mining Engineer

Samar Obeid
Graduate Mining Engineer at Rio Tinto

"Anything is possible when you set your mind to it, you just have to try."

Environmental Engineer

Liah Coggins
Research Associate at UWA

"Don't be afraid to fail - you may even work out that failing was more important than succeeding!”

Software Engineer

Eleanor Leung
Software Engineer at VROMO

"I have learned that you have to persevere, stop comparing yourself to others and focus on what your strengths are."

Your engineering clique

Contact the Girls in Engineering program