What greatness lies ahead of me in my engineering career

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s outreach program for the Year 10 work experience week has been operating for nine successful years. In June 2018 sixty high school students joined CVEN academics and industry partners on various sites around Sydney to experience the world of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The program included students from Coffs Harbour, Forbes, Illawarra, Jindabyne,  Lisarow, Menangle Park,  Mount Nathan in Queensland, Newcastle, Parkes, Tamworth, Toormina, Waterview Heights, Wagga Wagga, Woolgoolga, and local Sydney schools. One third of the students were girls.

The students appreciated visiting a wide variety of civil engineering sites – in progress, accomplished and in creative development – including construction company Laing O’Rourke’s ‘Innovation Space’, the UNSW Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale, Richards Crookes Construction, UNSW Driving Simulator Lab, Manly Beach, Centennial Parklands, Seacliff Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge, construction sites managed by Brookfield Multiplex at  SHOR and UNSW Science & Engineering building, the Opera House, and the NSW Transport Management Centre, also the Wet Lab, Driving Simulator Lab and Computer Lab at UNSW.

Personally I was inspired by the concept of using civil engineering to make humanity a better place....

Feedback from the students about their experience was overwhelming positive and often heart felt. They include: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet so many informed and passionate academics.” “It was a wonderful and joyful day and I wish I could recreate some of it experiences in the future years to come. I believe that this entire course overall has inspired me to what greatness lies ahead of me in my engineering career.” “It was amazing to meet a diverse group who are extremely talented and are passionate about engineering: it has been a thrilling time and a wonderful program.” “This week provided me with proper insight for how any engineer would require intelligence, patience, innovation and teamwork….”

Also “Thank you so much, this experience was incredibly valuable and I will book back at it for years.” “Personally I was inspired by the concept of using civil engineering to make humanity a better place….” “To conclude, the UNSW campus, academics and lovely peers just made the experience that much better and I would recommend this to anyone who has a passion for engineering.”

Our special thanks to the generous support from our industry partners – Advisian, Arup, aurecon, Bouygues Construction, CPB Contractors, Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, JK Geotechnics, Macquarie Geotech, Multiplex,  PSM, SMEC, Taylor Thomson Whitting and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff - whose funding makes this event possible. 

Our grateful thanks also to the UNSW staff who dedicated their time to showcase an area of engineering – School academics, researchers and professional staff who were on the team –Mehrisadat Makki Alamdari, Tom Beuzen, Guy Boncardo, Amos Branch, Steve Davis, Kurt Douglas, Stefan Felder, Ruth Fisher, Lauren Gardner, Mitchell Harley, Bruce Harvey, Robert Holdom, Maria Lee, Hugh Miller, Sherry Lu, Ahsan Parvez, Ademir Abdala Prata Junior, Craig Roberts, Ted Robson, Jamie Ruprecht, Grantley Smith, Kristen Splinter, Tricia Tesoriero, Kasun Wijayaratna, Zhitao Xiong, Anna Yeung, and Yincai Zhou.

Applications for next year’s program will be accepted from March 2019. Students need to apply through the Career Advisor at their School. For more information about this program, please contact cvenschools@unsw.edu.au.

A Winning Group

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