On Thursday 16 June, the ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics had the chance to take part in QUT (Queensland University of Technology) ‘Power of Engineering’ program.

The program is designed by QUT (Queensland University of Technology) for Year 7, 8 & 9 students to assist with their key decision-making to study STEM senior subjects. As part of the celebration of the International Women in Engineering Day 2022, QUT also offered industry experiences and a range of talks from current Engineering students, such as our PhD students enrolled at the centre to encourage discussion and networking with engineering staff. We were fortunate to host one session of the immersive daily program with 22 Year 9 students from Calamvale Community College visiting the Centre.

As part of their experience, they gained insight into the research happening at the centre; heard personal stories of where an engineering degree has taken some of our students, chief investigators, and industry colleagues; and saw some of the great lab spaces where our research takes place QUT Centre for Robotics.

On Thursday the 23rd of June, the official  International Women in Engineering Day,  we hosted a secondary session with more students visiting with talks from our very own centre manager Ms Maddie McIntyre and PhD students and affiliate researchers Dr Jing Peng, Miss Natali Uribe, and Ms Marine Launay who each spoke on their engineering journey and career story to date. It was wonderful to see our centre staff and researchers raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

We at the centre would like to thank all who volunteered their time to meet with the students and help inspire different conversations about engineering, career planning, and how you can make a difference through engineering and research.