3. As the Women in Engineering Society president in 2022, how did that shape your uni experience and what kind of impact did it have?
As the president of the Women in Engineering Society, I had the opportunity to make many meaningful connections on both a professional and personal level.
2022, the year I was president, was also the year student life returned fully to campus after COVID-19, and so our focus was on re-engaging the student and industry body in a greater capacity than had been possible for the two years prior. My greatest impact was in broadening and improving the sponsorship program in collaboration with the Engineering Society (EngSoc) and the previous executive team, which formed a foundation for new events and broader targeting of the student body through new industry partners. I was also proud to oversee the inaugural UNSW WIESoc x EngSoc Camp, which allowed us to better connect to young women in engineering, early on in their university career.
Overall, I was grateful for the opportunity to help improve the culture and community for women studying engineering at UNSW, and for the young women considering it as a future pathway. I was also lucky to be a part of the formation of strong relationships between our community and numerous industry partners, which I hope paves the way for these companies to become more involved and invested in young women studying engineering, but also helps these young engineers to better understand the opportunities and pathways available to them.
On a personal note, I was incredibly grateful for the strong friendships I formed in all my years within the society. I’ve made many lifelong friends over the years, and my close work with some industry representatives has also allowed me to find mentors, inspiring role models and reliable connections for my professional and personal future, and to in turn return the favour by taking part in programs such as peer mentoring and the UNSW WIE school outreach program.