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Women in Engineering - Past Events

2012 Events

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 - "The Confidence to self promote in meetings, interviews and interactions"

A half day interactive workshop to help female engineers enhance their job interview skills, their self-promotion and networking skills, and their ability to make their point clearly and confidently.

Workshop presenter: Rachel Green

When you couple confidence techniques with assertion skills you get a winning mix. Too often, instead of displaying self-confidence or assertiveness many female engineers undermine themselves, fail to speak out, or are not heard.

Finding the courage and the confidence to stand your ground, meet new people, and sell yourself at job interviews can be daunting, especially if you are a lone female in a male dominated profession. But it needn’t be if you know what to do.

This dynamic, interactive and confidence building workshop will give you the practical tips on how to assert your views, sell your ideas, and promote yourself in a way that gains the respect of others. Learn how to meet and greet important people, introduce yourself to strangers, break into groups, talk on a variety of relevant topics, keep conversations going, exit with ease and
build a community of important contacts. You’ll also learn how to explain your strengths in a convincing way, how to be heard in meetings, and how to convey your ideas so they are listened to and acted upon.

Come along to this exciting event, gain the jobs and promotions you deserve and sparkle with confidence! This workshop forms part of a series of events organised by the Engineers Australia WA Women in Engineering Panel bringing together female engineering students from Perth Universities with practicing female engineers.

Apart from Rachel boosting your confidence, the event will also provide you with opportunities to network and share your experiences of how to address issues female engineers face in a male dominated field.

About the speaker: Rachel Green is an emotional intelligence and
engagement specialist, communication and job interviews coach, and author. She is one of Australia's most dynamic, down-to-earth and engaging keynote speakers. In both 2011 and 2012
she was nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the year award.

Rachel has tertiary level qualifications in psychology, speech pathology, adult education and the Feldenkrais method, and is the Founding Director of Confident Woman Australia, Australia's only national organisation devoted exclusively to self-confidence and self-esteem for Australian women across the life span. Once described by a journalist as a "pint-sized dynamo" she is known for her high energy and sense of humour and promises not to be boring!

2010 Events

Tuesday 12th October 2010 - "Making the most of opportunities"

Presenters: Sabina Shugg (Manager, Mining) and Katie Valentine (Associate Director), Momentum Partners

Sabina has had a long and varied career in the mining and resources sector. Sabina is a mining engineer who studied as a mature age student in Kalgoorlie at the WA School of Mines after having worked in mining for a few years in a variety of roles. Since then she worked mostly around WA in both residential and fly in and out jobs. She was the first female to work as an underground mine manager in WA. More recently Sabina completed an MBA at UWA. In 2003 Sabina established the Women in Mining and Resources networking group in WA. In March she received the inaugural Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA Women in Resources Champion Award for her work in this area.

Sabina now works for a management consulting firm called Momentum Partners which is based in the Perth CBD. They work across a range of industries mostly in strategy, business improvement and organisational development.

Sabina will share her insights into working in a male-dominated industry, making the most of opportunities and giving back to the community.

Katie completed a double degree in Environmental Engineering and Commerce at University, but ended up taking a job in management consulting after graduating. She has since found working in management consulting has offered as many challenges and adventures, Katie has worked for clients in Australia, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Spain and the US in industries such as mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, telecommunications, hospitality, transportation and entertainment among others.

Katie now works with Sabina at Momentum Partners where she is enjoying working once again with clients in the resources sector after spending six years in London and being far away from big machines. Katie will talk about how her engineering degree positioned her well for working as a management consultant and a bit about life as a management consultant.

Thursday March 4, 2010 - "From the Eiffel Tower to the Black Forest - Final year experiences in Paris and Germany"

Presenter: Ms Sarah Corbyn

About the Presenter: Sarah Corbyn completed her engineering degree at Murdoch University in 2009, majoring in Instrumentation and Control and Renewable Energy Engineering. She now works as a graduate engineer for the Department of Defence in the Defence Materiel Organisation on Garden Island. In 2009 Sarah represented Murdoch University at the International Institute of Women in Engineering Summer Seminar in Paris and completed her final year thesis at the Hochschule Furtwangen in Germany as an exchange student. In her seminar presentation Sarah Corbyn will be reporting on her experiences in Europe in her final year of study.

The IIWE (International Institute of Women in Engineering) summer seminar is held annually in Paris, France. It is an opportunity for engineering students from all over the world to get together and participate in workshops, excursions and discussions. I was lucky enough to attend in 2009, and will be talking about my experiences at the seminar.

The Hochschule Furtwangen is a university in the Black Forest area of Germany where I completed my thesis project on student exchange. The title of my thesis was "Improvements to a Simple Model of the Global Carbon Cycle". I will be briefly discussing this project and my experience on exchange in Germany.

2009 Events

Thursday 29th October 2009 - "International and Field Experience in the Oil and Gas Industry - a Female Engineer Perspective"

Claire Wilhelm, Interface Coordinator, INPEX;  Hosted by the Women in Engineering Panel of Engineers Australia - WA Division and Murdoch University, School of Engineering and Energy.

Claire graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Resource Engineering (Major in Oil & Gas) degree in 2000, and has had a varied and exciting career in the petroleum industry so far.

After graduation, Claire spent 3 years in Africa working for oilfield service company Schlumberger as a Field Engineer (Drilling and Production). Claire worked both on land rigs and offshore facilities, in the desert (North Africa), jungle (West Africa) and amongst the whales and seals (South Africa). Claire then joined a petroleum engineering consultancy (Advanced Well Technologies, AWT) and worked as a Completions / Well Integrity Engineer, based in both Perth and Malaysia. She was fortunate to work as a consultant on Barrow Island.

Claire has recently joined INPEX (a Japanese Oil & Gas Operator) as Interface Coordinator, with her main focus being Offshore technical interfaces for the Ichthys Project, a role which is giving Claire valuable exposure to the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of a new project.

Claire will share her experiences in the oil and gas industry, in particular covering the following:

Being female in a male-dominated industry;
Pros and cons of working for small companies versus big companies
Pros and cons of working for service companies/consultancies versus operators; and
The value of international and field experience

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 - "Women in Engineering Student Networking Evening"

A social event for female engineering students with guest speakers Zaneta Mascarenhas, Process Engineer GHD and Kim Axworthy, Engineers without Borders organized by Curtin University in conjunction with Engineers Australia Women in Engineering Panel WA Division.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - "Lunchtime networking meeting"

This meeting is open to all female engineering students and female staff of the School of Engineering and Energy. A time to get to know everyone! 

2008 Events

Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - "Women in Engineering Student Networking Dinner"

An informal social event for female engineering students. Come and join female engineering students from Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of WA for an informal dinner and networking evening! Share your study experiences and how to address issues female engineering students face in a male dominated field of study. Hear some inspirational stories of the career path you are embarking on!

Venue: The Café in the UWA Club which is located on the north side of the building, overlooking Riley Oval.

Friday, 12 September 2008 - "Afternoon Networking Meeting"

An afternoon networking meeting open to all female engineering students and female staff of the School of Engineering and Energy. A time to get to know everyone and have afternoon tea!

Wednesday, 14 May 2008 - "Engineers Without Borders - Making a difference and helping people use their skills to help others"

Kim Axworthy, MIEAust, CPEng - Joint presentation between Engineers Australia - WA Division Women in Engineering and Murdoch University, School of Engineering and Energy

Kim Axworthy graduated from university in 2002, with honours in Mechatronics Engineering. In 2004, Kim founded the WA Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an organisation that focuses on improving the quality of life of disadvantaged communities.

Kim worked as a Project Manager for WorleyParsons, an engineering consulting company, for three years. She now works full-time for EWB, managing their Indonesia and East Timor programs. Kim is passionate about making a difference in the world, and helping people use their skills to help others. In her presentation Kim will introduce Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the work of this organisation and share some of her career experiences.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008 - "Lunchtime Networking Meeting"


This meeting is open to all female engineering students and female staff of the School of Engineering and Energy. A time to get to know everyone!