Women in engineering morning tea

On 15 August, the School of Chemical Engineering celebrated the achievements of our alumna at our annual Women in Engineering Morning Tea.

To help students successfully negotiate the transition from university to a rewarding career, this morning tea was organised away from the pressures of assignments and other distractions to listen and share. Women in engineering morning tea

The event kicked off with presentations from three former female students who are employed in different industries. Former students, Emily Ryan (Sydney Water), Catherine Lawrey (Mars Food Australia) and Javiera Barrales (currently completing a PhD) spoke about their work experiences and how they have used their degree to build interesting and exciting careers. They also reflected on how they applied what they learnt to different areas of problem solving in their current roles.

Those attended also heard from Dr Rita Henderson, who spoke about the Faculty of Engineering's initiatives to tackle the challenges of gender inequality in the workplace.

Some words of wisdom from our guest speakers to our current students:

  • “Be authentic, be yourself and embrace diversity” - Emily Ryan (UNSW Chemical Engineering)
  • “Keep a network of support, they’re extremely important” – Catherine Lawrey (UNSW Industrial Chemistry)
  • “Take opportunities – I did as part of the mentoring program and I found it very valuable” – Javiera Barrales (UNSW Food Science and Technology)


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