Attracting a Diverse Workforce through Humanitarian Engineering

Attracting a Diverse Workforce through Humanitarian Engineering


Listen to speakers from Engineers Without Borders and Women in Engineering discuss how the opportunity to make a positive difference can attract a wide variety of people to STEM.

Can all projects be designed to meet technical specifications and consider social issues?

How can we reframe engineering goals to be more relevant to societal needs?

How can we ensure that we do engineering work that is also humanitarian work?



Anna Cain
Anna chose a career in engineering because of the potential to contribute positively to solving global issues. For the past seven years she has worked in the renewable energy industry supporting Australia's transition from fossil fuels to clean energy which is a fundamental part of Australia's contribution to addressing climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Anna is committed to creating a more just world. At University, she founded WIRE-Women In Renewable Energy, an industry-linked student society supporting women participating in sustainability-focused engineering fields. She has served on WaterAid's Sydney fundraising committee, is a Youth Off the Streets Food Van volunteer and a tutor with Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL) and for the last few years was the Clean Energy Council Utility Solar Directorate Chair.
Inspired by EWB's philosophy of strength-based partnerships focused on two-way knowledge sharing and capacity building, Anna has contributed to a range of EWB initiatives.
Anna holds a B Eng (Hons) from UNSW, and grew up on Danghutti country on the mid north coast of NSW.

Siobhan Maxwell
Siobhan is a Drainage Design Manager within the Global Infrastructure Sector of Amey Consulting, located in Melbourne. Siobhan has a degree in Environmental Engineering with Honours from RMIT University and a keen interest in Water Resources Management. In 2012, Siobhan developed a technical paper which determined the frequency of an extreme rainfall event and coincidental storm surge event that occurred in March 2011 at Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park and presented it at the Australian Water Association (AWA) OzWater'12 conference in Sydney.
Since joining the Water Industry in 2006, Siobhan has been exposed to a variety of large scale infrastructure projects including; Highways, Rail, Land Development, Dams and Hydropower.
In 2013/2014, Siobhan worked as a volunteer Humanitarian Engineer in a joint venture between Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia and Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH). Siobhan was based in NEWAH's regional office located in Bharatpur, Chitwan District of Western Nepal for 12 months. Siobhan’s role as a Humanitarian Engineer involved facilitating the on-ground implementation of a Pilot Trial Project in some of Nepal's most remote villages."

18 / 09 / 2018 - 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm
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