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There’s so much more to engineering than hard hats and building bridges. But Seriously, What Is Engineering? is a 12-part podcast series that explores all corners of engineering, from the mine site to the microscope. Season 1 is hosted by Kartikee Gupta, a civil and structural engineer and Women in Engineering advocate for The University of Queensland. Season 2 is hosted by The University of Queensland's Women in Engineering Student Leaders. Throughout this series, you'll hear from incredible industry professionals, current engineering students and inspirational educators from across the engineering sector as we ask them the big questions: What does a career in engineering look like? What makes a great engineer? And what’s in store for the future of engineering? Join us as we find out once and for all…but seriously, what is engineering?
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Students ONLY episode!

Students ONLY episode!

2022-05-2329:051

Send us a Text Message.For our final episode of 'But seriously, what is Engineering?' for Season 2, we invited four of The University of Queensland's Women in Engineering Student Leaders to answer your questions about studying engineering, choosing your specialisation, and planning for the future! This is a fun, candid chat with our incredible student leaders, and is a great way to get an insight into university life. Perhaps you'll find that engineering might be the perfect career path for y...
Send us a Text Message.Today, we’ll be talking to Dr Terese Milford. Dr Terese is a Senior Engineer working in the Intelligent Grid New Technology team at Energex and Ergon Energy. Energex and Ergon Energy are Queensland’s distribution networks with a team that develops business solutions to improve customer choice and provide cost competitive alternatives to traditional network investment. Dr Terese is currently working on solutions to dynamically manage Distributed Energy Resources (batteri...
How to start a startup

How to start a startup

2022-05-2314:23

Send us a Text Message.Riley O'Donnell graduated from The University of Queensland with the University medal, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specialising in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance. After graduating, Riley co-founded Endla, a startup company that develops core technology to lower the cost of physical engineering assets with Software.In this episode we ask Riley about his experience and advice with starting a startup, and we discu...
The careful balance

The careful balance

2022-05-2317:47

Send us a Text Message.Professor Kate O’Brien will be joining us as our guest for today’s podcast. Kate is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. She studied Maths and Engineering and UQ, then worked in an aluminium smelter in NZ before completing a phD in environmental engineering at The University of Western Australia, before returning to UQ as a Lecturer in Chemical and Environmental Engineer...
Send us a Text Message.This episode is a perfect example of how engineering can bring about a freedom in your career that you didn’t know possible. The freedom to choose from an endless list of disciplines and roles, and the freedom to ‘pivot’ your career outside your specialisation into a direction you had never considered. Today we are joined by Clare Lavrencic as we talk about the unique freedom of engineering and the endless opportunities within engineering.Clare graduated with a deg...
Send us a Text Message.Dr Denys Villa-Gomez will be joining us for today’s podcast. Dr Denys Villa-Gomez is a Lecturer at The University of Queensland's School of Civil Engineering. Dr Denys Villa-Gomez obtained her PhD at the world-leading institute UNESCO-IHE and Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Dr Denys works on the development of sustainable technologies that reduce pollution and recover valuable resources from wastewater and solid waste such as energy and metals, leading proj...
Send us a Text Message.Often people visualise buildings or bridges when they think of engineering, however there are endless specialisations within engineering, and countless career pathways within each of these specialisations! As one of these specialisations, civil engineering works across multiple sectors. You could work in erosion control, designing airports and even flood mitigation works to name a few. Today, we’ll be talking to Ella Hingston, exploring just one of the unique career pat...
Send us a Text Message.Growing up in the small Queensland town of Roma, Zoe Eather knew that she wanted a career that would allow her to travel overseas and make a difference in developing countries. Engineering took her from rural Australia to international smart communities consultant — and even saw her named the 2021 Queensland Young Professional Engineer of the Year! Zoe is an experienced engineer, consultant and Churchill Fellow who specialises in Smart Communities. The combination ...
An inspiring leader

An inspiring leader

2022-05-2028:20

Send us a Text Message.Shivani Gupta moved from India to Australia with her family at the age of 11, a decision her family made to ensure that she would have the same opportunities as her brothers. Shivani didn't take this opportunity lightly, working hard and graduating with a double degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, closely followed by completing an MBA. In this episode we also talk to Shivani about her life changing trip to Nepal that inspired her to start her own business.&...
Send us a Text Message.Felicity Furey was named Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year and one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence at just 26 years of age. Need we say more? Felicity has led multimillion dollar engineering projects, founded several successful businesses, and secured partnerships with Qantas, Toyota and Energy Australia. With experience in helping to develop smart cities, Felicity now works with high-performing teams to give leaders the skills they need to ignite new pos...
Send us a Text Message.Cait Thomas has a resume of experience and wisdom that will, quite simply, blow your mind. Cait has already accomplished so much during her career as a biomedical engineer working across a number of fields. Cait is the perfect example of how a career in engineering can lead you to fascinating corners of the medical industry that you never thought possible. From developing orthopaedic implants, to working on tech than can diagnose respiratory disease from the s...
Send us a Text Message.Rob Joseph is a co-founder of Anti Ordinary, a startup that have developed a beanie that is as safe as a helmet. Intrigued? So were we! Rob studied an undergrad of Medical Engineering, with the hope to combine his love for sport and engineering into a career. Originally eyeing off prosthetics for sport, his attention turned to brain protection after experiencing first-hand the pain points of brain protection in action sports. Rob teamed up with his co-founder Brodi...
Send us a Text Message.Imagine an entire city floating peacefully and sustainably on water, its energy comes from waves and wind, food is fish that grows in specially-designed ocean-based structures…this is the life work of globally renowned structural engineer and UQ researcher Professor CM Wang.His vision for a more sustainable future will leave you inspired."[In the future,] we will be much richer in terms of new energies available, living will be clean, and farming could change in ways we...
Send us a Text Message.Would you like to learn a new language? Or do work that makes a difference in society? Research might be the right path for you.In this episode we meet two UQ researchers, Dr Carolyn Jacobs and Katarzyna Hourigan, who completed their PhD degrees in the area of mechanical and chemical engineering respectively.Carolyn completed her PhD in a ‘cotutelle’ program, which was a dual enrolment at The University of Queensland and École Centrale Paris as part of UQ’s Centre for H...
Send us a Text Message.A lot in the engineering industry has changed in the past 30 years, but, according to mother-daughter engineering duo, Jo-Anne Dudley and Darcy Beer, hard work, resilience, and passion are still the key ingredients to a fulfilling career in engineering.Jo-Anne is a mining engineer with 26 years’ experience in the engineering sector and her daughter, Darcy is studying civil and environmental engineering at UQ. Together they share and compare their experiences studying an...
Send us a Text Message.When you think of engineering it’s often the technical side that comes to mind – building and designing, maths and science. But a career in engineering can take many paths.In this week’s episode, we meet Trang Pham and Rebecca Pickering, two engineers who have paved their own way in engineering, and whose careers look nothing like they expected.Hear how through their exciting careers they are working with the community and empowering their sector to excel in every way, ...
Send us a Text Message.Engineers may be the world's problem solvers, but they rarely work alone. Team work and collaboration are fundamental to engineering.But what makes a great team?In this episode, we’re unpacking what it means to work effectively as a team. We hear from current UQ engineering students on their experiences of teamwork at university, the challenges they’ve faced, and the skills they’ll be taking with them as they embark on their engineering careers. We also explore the powe...
Finding your tribe

Finding your tribe

2021-10-2624:41

Send us a Text Message.What's it really like to study engineering? And how can your university experience help to shape your career?In this week’s episode of But Seriously, What is Engineering? we hear from two recent University of Queensland graduates and best friends, Karminee Karuna and Karen Zhou. Karminee and Karen reflect on their inspirations to pursue engineering, their journeys as university students, and how their friendship has enhanced their engineering careers. Listen ...
Why engineering?

Why engineering?

2021-10-2611:10

Send us a Text Message.Research indicates that most people know what they want to be when they grow up by age 10.In this episode of the But Seriously, What is Engineering? podcast, we ask, why choose engineering?Hear from Caitlin Grant, a third-year chemical and environmental engineering student at The University of Queensland, as she shares her motivations to pursue engineering and why she sticks with this rewarding, yet challenging, program.Engineering wasn’t on Caitlin’s radar growing up. ...
Send us a Text Message.We're kicking off our new podcast series But Seriously, What is Engineering? with the incredible journey of mechanical engineering student Isabelle Fleming.Isabelle has followed her passion for problem solving and people, making the most of every opportunity and stepping out of her comfort zone to grow and diversify her skill set. From joining the founding team of UQ Space to becoming co-founder and CEO of Koi Pay Australia, her varied experiences in such a short time h...
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Emilia Gray

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Oct 25th
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