Toowoomba’s successful and passionate women engineers this morning inspired the next generation of females in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at a Queensland Women’s Week breakfast at the Empire Theatre.
Around 100 female high school students from across the Toowoomba region heard from a diverse range of local women engineer leaders, who shared their stories to challenge the stereotypical view of an engineer.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) and GHD hosted the event, which was funded by the Queensland Government, with the support of YWCA Queensland as part of Queensland Women’s Week.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) also was involved in facilitating the breakfast.
Professional engineers gave presentations, followed by an informal Q&A panel discussion at the inaugural event.
Female engineer ambassadors from Council and local engineering consultancies were seated at each table to enable one-on-one discussion.
Toowoomba Region Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor, pictured, said women were well represented locally in engineering.
“The engineering groups at Council have a particularly strong female contingent from diverse cultural backgrounds, who are undertaking roles from graduate/intern engineer to upper management roles,” Cr Taylor said.
The event provided an opportunity for regional female students to interact with the women to gain information and confidence about entering a STEM Degree after leaving school.
GHD Toowoomba and South West manager Angela Fry told students engineering was a rewarding and inclusive profession that celebrated women’s contributions.
“Engineering is about more than building roads and bridges. I am continually inspired by the power of well-designed infrastructure to create better communities for everyone,” Ms Fry said.
“A career in engineering also offers a lot of diversity, including the opportunity to challenge yourself mentally on a wide range of projects, including roads, bridges and flood mitigation works.”
Students also met and spoke with representatives from TRC, USQ, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Australian Defence Force, GHD and other public and private sector workplaces following formal proceedings.