news | 13 October 2011
Our young engineers in the media
Our young engineers are currently taking a star turn in the media – both at home and overseas.
As we reported here yesterday, Engineering for Change featured students at Adelaide University who are working on a dung-burning stove. A project we have been following through video diaries on our ‘Make it so’ site.
Also in the news in CSIRO publication ECOS, is a story entitled ‘Australian engineering students ‘make it so’ in Cambodia’. This is of course about students from the University of Queensland – amongst others – who are designing toilet facilities for those living on the Tonle Sap in Cambodia. Another one you can follow at 'Make it so'.
The magazine reports: ‘The competition organisers decided to extend ‘Make it so’ into an ongoing program, under which the five students formed the UQ Innovate Team (UQIT) to participate in the challenge of providing access to a low-technology sanitary waste management system for some of Tonle Sap’s floating villages.’
And last, but not least, Engineers Australia’s Young Engineer of the Year Jillian Kilby, has featured in a story in the Higher Education supplement of The Australian. The paper reports: ‘Ms Kilby represents a demographic that governments, business and universities are keen to boost: a young, female engineer. Demand for engineers is strong.’
news | 11 October 2011
2011 Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards
Engineers Australia 2011 Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards highlighted the engineering innovation of 40 projects at a gala event held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 7 October.
news | 27 September 2011
Are we engineering an energy crisis? Hargreaves speaks at forum.
During Engineering Week, Engineers Australia’s past national president (2010), Doug Hargreaves, took part in a public forum at the Queensland University of Technology entitled “Are we engineering an energy crisis?”.
The forum discussed Australia’s capacity to manage our current and future demands for energy. Key to the discussion was the high dropout rate amongst engineering students and graduates once they hit the workforce.
A story on the forum in The Weekend Australian (September 24-25) quoted Doug Hargreaves as saying: ‘If we’re not very careful, there will be an energy crisis.
‘[The universities are] going out into the schools and talking to principals, talking to career advisors, talking to the science and math teachers [and] talking to the students to recruit them into engineering.
‘But we lose probably a quarter to a third of them in the first year. So why do we spend so much time recruiting them, if we don’t spend as much, or more, time keeping them?’
The article went on to say Hargreaves believes growing energy needs means Australia needs to start moving ‘very quickly towards the renewables’. But he is reported as saying ‘We can’t do that easily right now because we don’t have sufficient technology available. And if we don’t have the technology that means we don’t have the skills.’
The question is: how does Australia recruit, train and retain engineers ‘to develop and use new technologies to foster the growth of renewable energy’?
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news | 15 September 2011
Media Release: Floodplain management should shift to the state government
Engineers Australia Queensland Division’s submission in response to the Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry Interim Report, has included the recommendation that leadership with flood management should become the primary responsibility of the state government rather than local authorities
news | 15 September 2011
Comments on Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry Interim Report
This submission covers a range of issues raised in the interim report that Engineers Australia Queensland Division believes are important for the improvement of flood management in Queensland and which can lead to important reductions in flood damage and hardship in future flood disasters. Key issues discussed in more detail in this submission include.
news | 18 August 2011
Australia's medical technology management needs a re-think
Concerns about the implications for Australia’s health system of current medical technology management practices are the focus of a discussion paper released today by Engineers Australia.
news | 09 August 2011
Engineers Australia releases a Reconciliation Action Plan
Engineers Australia has released a Reconciliation Action Plan today in Sydney.
news | 09 August 2011
Queensland's 2011 Young Professional Engineer of the Year - Emma Charlton, Associate Director, AECOM
Queensland’s 2011 Young Professional Engineer of the Year was awarded at the Young Engineers Gala Ball on Friday 5 August in Brisbane. Emma Charlton, Associate Director of AECOM, was announced as the winner of the 2011 title
news | 08 August 2011
Engineers Australia launches online collaborative platform for humanitarian engineers
Engineers Australia’s summit on humanitarian engineering – held last week in Brisbane – saw engineers hear from inspiring keynote speakers and take part in productive think-tank sessions.
In particular, they heard from Australian of the Year Simon McKeon, who called for more engineering businesses to throw their weight behind the humanitarian engineering cause.
We have responded to his call by setting up a collaborative online platform together with EWB and RedR, where the ideas that were generated at the summit can be explored further.
At yohe.uservoice.com, you can take part in ongoing discussions on how the engineering profession may contribute to humanitarian engineering in Australia.
Visit the yohe.uservoice.com collaboration board now.
news | 08 August 2011
Humanitarian Engineering Summit Outcomes
The recent Brisbane Humanitarian Engineering Summit was an inspiring day and thanks to ABC News, you can now watch a snippet of the summit here
news | 04 August 2011
Understanding Floods: Questions and Answers
Understanding Floods: Questions and Answers summarises the current state of knowledge on flood causes, impacts, forecasting and management, and discusses what the future of flooding in Australia might look like.
news | 04 August 2011
QUT Engineering for Humanity Challenge: The Competition
With a $10,000 prize incentive up for grabs, students at the Queensland University of Technology will put their innovation skills to the test in the Engineering for Humanity Challenge to develop assistive devices for people with disability.
news | 02 August 2011
Flood inquiry recommendations are the right directions for safer communities
Engineers Australia, the peak representative body for the engineering team, has welcolmed the draft report from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.
news | 31 July 2011
Engineering graduates still well short of meeting demand
The release of a report today by Engineers Australia has confirmed that the numbers of new graduates moving into Australia’s engineering team has grown much slower than the demand, and that the growth in the number of new professional engineers in the last two years has now only returned to the numbers in 2004.
news | 28 July 2011
EngQuest participants become experts in disaster relief
In recent months, primary school students all over Australia have been busy working out how to rebuild communities affected by natural disasters, as part of Engineers Australia’s national education out-reach program, EngQuest.
news | 26 July 2011
Australian Engineering Week 2011 - Get involved
In the first week of August 2011, Engineers Australia will be hosting Australian Engineering Week. The purpose of the Week is to celebrate engineering, raise awareness of its contributions to society, and position engineering as the career path of choice.
news | 18 July 2011
Hundreds gather for natural disaster conference
ABC News reports: “Hundreds of delegates are attending an Australasian conference on natural disasters that began on Queensland's Gold Coast today.”
news | 15 July 2011
Engineering Leadership Residential 2011 - Leadership for Preferred Futures
Engineering Leadership Residential 2011- Leadership for Preferred Futures is a 6-day full board program specifically designed by Engineering Education Australia for engineering executives to broaden their capability to effectively lead to their preferred future. It is to be held on the Sunshine Coast from 4 - 10 November.
news | 08 July 2011
Queensland Government closes down gas project
ABC News reports: "The underground coal gasification pilot in the South Burnett region has been shut down permanently after an investigation found it posed an unacceptable risk to the underground water in the area."
news | 27 June 2011
Perspectives in Industrial Nano-Materials - WEBCAST NOW AVAILABLE!