Seymour Whyte started the second year of its partnership with Power of Engineering with a workshop blitz in Sydney, with more activities to come throughout the year.
Seymour Whyte Regional Manager – Southern Steve Lambert said the company was committed to supporting Power of Engineering in its mission to inspire young women to take up a career in engineering and construction.
“Diversity in construction is vitally important to the future of the industry. Not only does it widen the talent pool, it encourages innovation and advances the industry.
“Our engineers enjoy working with the Power of Engineering to promote the joys of STEM careers, and we look forward to our continued collaboration.”
In January, Seymour Whyte engineers Caitlin Tolone, Irena Sims, Valentina Livi, Ana Fredotovic and Emerie Anonical delivered a workshop to a group of enthusiastic young women at the University of Sydney. The interactive workshop featured a bridge building activity based on one of the company’s projects—the Nepean River Bridge.
Later in the month, Senior Project Engineer Irena Sims also led her colleagues to facilitate two additional workshops at Macquarie University. She said she volunteered for Power of Engineering because she liked the organisation’s mission of encouraging more females to enter STEM fields.
“I like to encourage young women to think of a career outside the box that benefits the community through maths and science,” Ms Sims said.
“To show them how rewarding it can be, to challenge their thinking and expectations of what an engineer does—that engineering is empowering, fun and that it is not an industry that is completely dominated by males.”
Ms Sims credits her father, an electrical engineer, and her high school technology studies teacher for steering her towards a career in engineering.
“I enjoyed maths, science and technology classes during high school and sought a career where I would get to use my problem-solving skills,” she said.
“Civil engineering fit the bill.”
Seymour Whyte’s next Power of Engineering event will take place in March, at its Port Drive Upgrade project in Queensland.
Seymour Whyte Senior Project Engineer Irena Sims coaching students through a bridge building workshop
Undergraduate Engineer Emerie Anonical helps the students step through a workshop exercise