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Welcome to a New Dawn of Engineering Challenges. If you are concerned or interested about the current and future life as an engineer, then this Podcast is for you. We look closely at what it means in today's society to be an engineer, and we discuss some challenges our guests are facing or working on. Every Friday, Mel & Dom share a discussion they've had with an engineer. They will talk about their career and provide thoughts and advice for future engineers. Engineers Australia is proud to ...
 
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Stewart Garden joins us to discuss that design in infrastructure is a real issue in Australia. This has been a problem building over the last 20 years, and we are at “an intergenerational low in the quality of design information and design output”. And it’s an issue that will require changes is design standards, training, fee structures, politics, …
 
Joyce Ferng believes we need “a change in the whole concept of how we design things and how we construct things”. Change is inevitable, but Joyce Ferng spoke to Mel & Dom about how the engineering industry is falling behind, it needs to be more progressive. She points out that engineers need to be more future-focused in not just solving problems of…
 
Tony Irwin started working in power plants at 15 and has loved every minute of it. He is now ‘retired’ - yet busier than ever! - Tony is passionately communicating to the wider community about generating energy from clean emission sources, of which nuclear must be part of the solution. Tony believes that the key to moving Australia from one of the …
 
Alexandra Radulovich doesn’t feel she has experienced any direct impacts of discrimination, in fact her career is progressing well. And, as her career has progressed, Alex has started experiencing Imposter Syndrome. “Being a female in engineering has never really bothered me”. But she can’t stop the voice in her head asking... “why are they listeni…
 
Mel & Dom speak to Major General Marcus Thompson, the current Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force. He spoke about the many, many challenges facing all of society now and how engineers are perfectly placed to rise to the challenge and help tackle the issues. He also discusses how the solutions and the technology being utilis…
 
Rosanna Mosely has seen that increasingly, engineers require a more diverse range of skills. No longer is it just about maths and problem solving. Engineers must be able to broaden their scope of what is required of an engineer to include the soft skills that are so often spoken about. This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are fac…
 
What is the cause of engineering failures? This is a question that Sean Brady has examined a number of times, in a number of ways. Sean is an engineer and a podcaster and is driven to present to society the multitude of reasons things fail. And urges “we really have to start thinking about failure in a different way.” This is a podcast about the en…
 
Adele Faraone made the decision to shake things up and moved her engineering career to the Northern Territory.... just as the impact of COVID started to hit society. Adele spoke to Engineering Heroes about how, pre-COVID a key challenge for engineers was getting flexible working options. And how COVID has actually forced the solution – but will it …
 
Tom got into engineering to gain further understanding in the world around him. And he realised there was so much still unknown, especially in the area of safety engineering. He has realised the key is to keep innovating... “keep anticipating where things might go wrong”. And that even when it seems difficult or too much of a challenge, to not shy …
 
When thinking about the future, Jillian Formentin sees that one of the main challenges facing engineers is the need to create the interface between things and people. And to do that, the industry must have diversity of thinking. We need to be encouraging a new breed of engineers into the industry, ones with a flexible mindset who can create this in…
 
Dr Scott Martyn became an engineer to make the world a better place. He is passionate about Sustainable Health and helping to make this world a healthier place for everyone. But it’s not just about living well and eating right. The built environment is an integral component in ensuring sustainable health. And engineers themselves are responsible in…
 
Jessica Qiu spoke to Engineering Heroes about Holistic Engineering. She discusses the risk that is taking place right now as we move away from holistic engineering due to the higher level of size and complexity of projects. This is a collaboration challenge on a grant scale. We must create a common source for data and improve trust by managing risk…
 
Australia’s engineering capability is at risk. Duncan Gibb from Fulton Hogan spoke to Engineering Heroes and suggests that “as an industry we need to be more intentional about improving the capability and capacity of our people.” Duncan urges the engineering industry to consider the culture of the industry and suggests that collaboration is key in …
 
Like all good superhero stories, today’s episode will take you on a journey of discovery into modern leadership. Anne Koopmann-Schmidt is an engineer from Germany, but has travelled the world in her career. Her discussion starts with bias in the workforce and how old-fashioned ideals of leadership – power and authority – need to be a thing of the p…
 
People are being failed by technology every day. Dr Anusha Withana spoke to Engineering Heroes about his work in ensuring the individual’s needs are at the centre of every technology that is created. But with millions of people around the world, how is this even possible? Because when all individual person is at the centre of design... "that's like…
 
Diversity on boards.. isn’t just about gender or age. Only about 3% of directors come from STEM, and without this there is a real risk of boards not performing at their highest potential. Stacey spoke to Mel and Dom about her journey in engineering through to her new book. Stacey Daniel is one of the 2020 Most Innovative Engineers. “it's fair to sa…
 
Engineers have a great responsibility to society. And as we continue to push artificial intelligence engineers have to ask… what are the ethical implications associated with that? It’s time for engineers to become philosophers and help build a better society for the future. This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s …
 
Alex Kingsbury spoke to Engineering Heroes about the Australian manufacturing industry. She discusses that the industry is going through a transformation and asks the real question - what kind of manufacturing should Australia be doing? Australia needs to be able to compete on value, not on cost. If you could sum up where the future of manufacturin…
 
Adrian Piani is ACT’s Chief Engineer and spoke to Mel & Dom about the need for engineers to start solving the right problem. Engineers solve problems to improve the quality of our lives, but we can't do that at the expense of the environment. This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineeri…
 
The buildings you live and work in can improve your spirit or make you sick. Alicia Maynard spoke to Mel & Dom about her awareness in ensuring the longevity of buildings by connecting the occupant's needs to the natural environment. This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering Heroes.…
 
Grant Maher is an indigenous engineer who has just started his own consulting firm. Engineering wasn’t much on the radar growing up and it was a random comment from his father that set him on his path. Grant spoke to Engineering Heroes about the need to bring awareness of engineering as a career path to indigenous communities around Australia. “As …
 
Nicole Locke is a passionate engineer who has strived throughout her career to merge her desire to help with her skill as an engineer. “If the engineering work doesn't have a human element and it's not actively trying to provide some kind of service to a community, I just don't have time for that.” She spoke to Engineering Heroes about the Value of…
 
Matthew Dunbabin has had a diverse career path that “has led me to some really interesting things by experiencing different types of engineering”. Now in his role as professor at QUT, he spoke to Engineering Heroes about his work as being a connector for multiple disciplines to ensure the best solution to a problem is created. A podcast from Engine…
 
Welcome to a new dawn of engineering conversations. Our first guest is Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Engineers Australia. We speak to Dr Bronwyn Evans about her journey in engineering, and she talks to us about her thoughts on the importance of engineers staying relevant with society. “..you do your degree, but that's really only the start of being able…
 
Today’s episode provides a deep dive into First Nation knowledge and asks how society can learn to acknowledge and connect with some of the world’s earliest innovators, the Australian Indigenous people. Engineering Heroes is continuing to flip its usual format on its head. We share with you another great episode from Reimagine STEM, a podcast serie…
 
Diversity in engineering has been a very popular topic in our podcast’s history. The push for diversity is not just a PR stunt, failing to ensure a diverse engineering workforce has massive implications on how people interact with this world. Because from diversity stems brilliance. Engineering Heroes is continuing to flip its usual format on its h…
 
Do engineers comprehend the important role they have in building and shaping our society? Engineering Heroes is continuing to flip its usual format on its head. We share with you episode 2 of Reimagine STEM, a podcast series from the ANU CECS. Each episode in the series will delve into some key engineering hot topics. Through the presentation of ri…
 
Engineering Heroes is turning its usual program on its head. We are sharing with you a podcast series from the ANU, called Reimage STEM. Each episode in the series will delve into some key engineering hot topics. Through the presentation of rich and deep interviews this episode will present the exciting innovations which are occurring in engineerin…
 
Leela Kempton has had a varied engineering career. And with the current challenges facing society Leela thought it would great to speak to Engineering Heroes about the need for resilient engineers. I think being able to be resilient and adaptive is a huge challenge, not just for engineers, but for the whole world. See omnystudio.com/listener for pr…
 
When Helen Forster decided to become an engineer, she wanted to travel the world... but she never expected to end up in the Middle East. She presents us with some of her insights, challenges and enthusiasm in working on some of the largest engineering projects that involve engineers from multiple countries. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy i…
 
Felicity Furey and Meg Panozzo are both engineers who a travelling the Unexpected Journey in their engineering careers. They joined together in March 2020 to present at a Fireside event to discuss and inspire people to understand that an engineering career is not at all ordinary See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Yetunde Holloway “”, and when she became an engineer she decided to focus in on Gender Diversity because “”. realised that I didn't necessarily have a voice to speak up for me when I was youngerthe growth of any human grouping depends on diversity and innovation Today she speaks to us about UN SDG5 – Gender Equality See omnystudio.com/listener for …
 
Raidi Al Alawi has a dream of using ICT and the engineering skillset to create an online global interactive cyber teaching platform for the K to 12 grades. She speaks to us about UN SDG 4 – Quality Education, which is about “being inclusive, equitable, quality education programme that promotes lifelong learning for all” See omnystudio.com/listener …
 
Shankar Krishnan started out as an electrical engineer but moved into biomedical because “when you apply engineering to medicine, then this is solving problems and improving the care and the quality of life”. He speaks to us about how engineers can solve the problems to attain good health and well-being for all the world. This episode is on the Uni…
 
Fethi Thabet speaks to us about how engineers can work towards the UN SDG of Zero Hunger. And he tells us that the main area is around water and water misuse. He explains to us about cold chain and how this could be the key to zero hunger in the world. This episode is about UN SDG 2 - Zero Hunger See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Never before have we had two guests on our podcast at once... but UN SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production really called for it. Joining us from Canada is Annette Bergeron and Jeff Card. They speak about how they are making changes in society with engineering and innovation, as well as taking lessons home to challenge themselves to consum…
 
Valerie Agberagba explains how “being an engineer, you're actually able to make the world a better place for people”, and says that the key to reducing inequalities in society, female engineers “play a very vital role”. Valerie presents a number of projects the engineers are working on to support UN SDG 10 - Reducing Inequalities See omnystudio.com…
 
Gavin Blakey talks to us about the 3 pillars (or the 3 legged stool as he calls it!) every engineer should know. He discusses that when you have true gender diversity in engineering, suddenly those soft skills aren’t so hard. And he is an engineer who has experienced and witnessed such equality on engineering projects. But how can more women be ent…
 
Meagan Olive has learned that the technical skills you learn as an engineer will only take you so far. To be a better engineer, you must get your boots on the ground, talk to the trades, learn from mentors and just... get out there and see it for yourself. Get ready for World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4 March All February Engin…
 
Alexander Borovskis works in Australia’s nuclear facility at ANSTO as a Waste Management lead. And in his role, he has many interactions with the community and has learned to communicate about challenging issues. This has allowed him to become a better engineer. Get ready for World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4 March All February…
 
The skills and the role of the engineer has been disappearing from the social conscience since the 1800’s. Roma Agrawal discusses with us the need to understand where society is, before we can best communicate and change society’s perception. World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development is on 4th March Join us in February as we introduce you t…
 
Engineering Heroes is helping the new podcast IDEA EVOLUTION. A podcast about the innovation of everyday items, the evolution of society and the powerful impact it's had on the environment. And it asks... how can we do better? Please enjoy. Subscribe to Idea Evolution on your podcatching app today.LAUNCH See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy info…
 
Melanie spoke at the World Engineering Convention in November 2019. She spoke about the importance of engineers needing to step into society and how they can become our real-life heroes. This is a recording of her live presentation. You can view her presentation with accompanying slides over on our Show Notes page. See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
The Hon. Trish White talks to us about how society, and especially engineers, are experiencing the Industrial Revolution 4.0. We discuss the subsequent global disruption and the skills of engineers to navigate through this time. This is a re-edited REPLAY This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are …
 
What value does engineering bring society? This is a question James Trevelyan has pondered throughout his career and he challenges other engineers to answer. Until such time engineers can truly understand their own value, they have no chance at communicating to society why human civilization will not survive without them. “”it's not a matter of fix…
 
Dr Marlene Kanga is the current President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and has dedicated her career to advancing engineering and engineers. She is the driving force behind World Engineering Day and shares with us her personal experience with diversity issues in engineering. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information…
 
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