Women in engineering summit registrations extended

2 September 2011

The application closing date for the University of Wollongong’s ‘So You Think You Can Engineer?’ event to be held from 10 to 13 January 2012 has been extended to Friday 9 September.

The university received a range of applications for the event but wants to give young women more time to submit their applications.

The ‘So You Think You Can Engineer?’ event is a three night residential camp designed to help female students in years 9 to11 gain an insight into being an engineer.

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said it would be great to see more women enter the engineering field and this summit is all about promoting opportunities and highlighting the women who are already doing a great job in the industry.

The spokesperson urged young women who have a keen interest in maths or science to apply for the event.

“The ‘So You Think You Can Engineer?’ event is an initiative jointly sponsored by the Roads and Traffic Authority, Railcorp, TransGrid, Adelaide Brighton, Illawarra Coal, BlueScope Steel and the University of Wollongong to encourage engineering as a career for young women,” the spokesperson said.

“Females make up less than 10 per cent of the Roads and Traffic Authority’s engineers.

“As part of the event, purple work boots are issued to each team leader at the event for use during program site visits and activities.

“The young women who are a part of the event will explore a range of disciplines including civil, environmental, mining, materials, mechatronics, mechanical, electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering. The summit is an opportunity to learn about career opportunities across the engineering industry.

“Students will have the opportunity to take part in interactive team activities, listen to guest speakers, talk to women employed in the engineering industry about their career and stay on campus in one of the residential colleges.

“Students will also gain exposure to world-class engineering facilities at the University of Wollongong and visit local engineering industry sites.”

Students from past summits said the event was great fun and they made friends that will last a lifetime. Several are now studying their Bachelor of Civil Engineering on Roads and Traffic Authority scholarships.

Registrations close on Friday 9 September. For more information or to register visit www.uow.edu.au/future/wiesummit

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