Inaugural Chemical Engineering Industry Cocktail Night
On the night of 15th August, the School of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with the UNSW Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Society (CEUS) hosted their first ever Industry Cocktail Night. The formal networking night aimed to give the students the opportunity to be exposed to industry, refine soft skills and explore job prospects for chemical engineers. Over 80 people attended the event including students, staff, alumni and industry representatives from Mars Food Australia, M.E. Engineering, Sydney Water and Era Polymers.
The event kicked off with speeches from various representatives as guests were treated to delish canapés and beverages.
Emma Daniels (CEUS Industry Liaison) reflected on the importance for students to take full advantage of networking opportunities such as this, and to not overlook the value that connections with other students can have in the future. “The students of today are the alumni and industry representatives of tomorrow…never underestimate the value of student connections and the relationships you build now. They may just open doors for you later down the track!”
Dr May Lim (School of Chemical Engineering IT Coordinator) followed by sharing how alumni and industry representatives play an important role in helping students become the future of engineering with a playful anecdote featuring a student stuck in a hole. "Everyone in this room at some point in their life was a student, you and me. The point of today is to share their experience."
Associate Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou then looked at what stimulating prospects taking up a PhD with the School of Chemical Engineering can have for students, wittingly comparing the relationship between PhD supervisor and student to Master Shifu and Po from Kung Fu Panda. "With a PhD, you will learn how to solve problems. How to learn to fail. And find solutions every time you learn to fail."
The students of today are the alumni and industry representatives of tomorrow... never underestimate the value of student connections and the relationships you build now. They may just open doors for you later down the track!
Emma Daniels (CEUS Industry Liaison)
Lastly, the guest speaker, Jacques Ostrwoski, a Technical Specialist for Sydney Water and alumni of UNSW, shared with students the crucial importance of good communication skills as an engineer. "Know your audience, know how to tell your story, and practice. You'll find a very happy place"
The speeches were followed by a very fun and highly competitive game of Networking Bingo where students had to find members of staff/alumni/industry who could tick off boxes on their bingo card with experiences and visa-versa. Congratulations to Christina Dimova, the School's Student Manager, and fourth year chemical Engineering student, Carmen Fung, who took out 1st prize.
All in all, it was a highly successful event, with all parties having had a great time mixing with each other, and sharing experiences. We can’t wait to see how this event grows in the future, and how the strong connections between our students, staff, alumni and industry will continue to strengthen with it.
Thank you to all that were involved in organising this historic, foundational event. It couldn’t have happened without the support from the School of Chemical Engineering and the hard work from the students of the CEUS executive team.
Written by Emma Daniels (CEUS Industry Liaison)
For more photos from the event please check the CEUS UNSW Facebook Page.
If you are a UNSW Alumni or Industry Representative that would like to get involved with events like this please contact CEUS UNSW by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and our industry liaison will be in contact with you.