YoWIE tackles Women in Engineering shortage


There is little about high-school-aged girls that could be confused for the mythical, hairy and dangerous Yowie, but they are very hard to find in engineering schools!

The University of New South Wales Canberra (UNSW Canberra) is addressing the gender imbalance in engineering by running its second Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE) Summer School this week.

Currently about 25 percent of Australian engineering researchers are women and less than 15 percent of Australian inventors are women.

UNSW Canberra Associate Professor Kathryn Kasmarik, who is one of the instructors at the summer school, said mentoring girls in the YoWIE program is something she loves doing: “The girls come up with amazing solutions and offer different perspectives to complex problems. Girls may not realise that they are vital to the future of engineering because of that.”

Over 40 girls from all over the ACT and neighbouring NSW regions will be attending the summer school which is being held at the UNSW Canberra campus from 10 January for three days.

The students will be working on electrical, civil, aeronautical and mechanical engineering projects from robotics, rockets, and engine assembly to computer-aided design skills, microcontroller programming and working with polymers.

The girls will also be getting inspiration from women engineers working in Canberra, to give them a flavour of engineering at university level.

The number of applications for the summer school has doubled this year and UNSW Canberra aims to double that number again for the 2019 course.

To find out more about engineering events at UNSW Canberra, girls can register here