Girls+ in Engineering (GiE) program

 

About the program

The Girls+ in Engineering (GiE) program inspires female students to take advantage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study and career pathways, focusing on areas of science where women are underrepresented.

Along with industry partners, GiE recognises the gender imbalance in science should be addressed from an early age. Since 2014, GiE has reached over 15,000 school students across WA, mentored more than 250 UWA student ambassadors and collaborated with more than 200 industry volunteers. 

Through hands-on school workshops, community events and industry partnerships, GiE supports the next generation and champions diversity in STEM.

We would like to thank our 2023 industry partners for supporting the Girls+ in Engineering program: Rio Tinto, SLB, Newmont and Newcrest.

School outreach

Under the GiE program, current UWA students and industry partners volunteer their time in-school as role models to talk to students in Years 7–12 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 team hosts on-campus Discovery Days to showcase a circuit of engineering activities hosted by industry partners, academics and student societies. Keynote speakers and alumni share their stories and demonstrate the social impact engineering has in improving our world.

 
 

GiE student ambassador program

The GiE outreach program works with high school across WA to deliver hands on learning experiences to showcase diverse STEM study and pathways. The program aims to address barriers faced by women considering STEM, including a lack of role models.

Our GiE Student Ambassador program for current UWA students plays an integral role in addressing the gender imbalances in STEM in Australia by providing these role models.  The program provides a cohort experience and support for women+ at UWA, and offers our students regional travel opportunities, industry site visits and networking, paid casual work, professional development, and volunteering hours recorded on your academic transcript. 

Supporting women in STEM

UWA provides an unparalleled student experience. GiE is working together with WA high schools, university students and industry to lead the future of sustainable, innovative and equitable engineering Our team of professional staff, passionate and engaging engineers and engineering-in-training are championing diversity in STEM.

To find out more information, or to join our Student Ambassador program, contact [email protected].

 

Celebrating women in engineering

Schools we work with

2023 partner schools:

  • Albany Senior High School
  • Ballajura Community College
  • Belmont City College
  • Denmark Senior High School
  • Duncraig Senior High School
  • Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • Mount Barker Community College
  • North Albany Senior High School

 

  • 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

Meet our role models

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."

Contact Girls+ in Engineering

To find out more about the GiE program, send an enquiry to:

[email protected]