Engineering Heroes

Engineering Heroes

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 present Engineering Heroes.

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May 6, 2021 30 min
The conversation on diversity has been going for decades.  Lauren Mua spoke to Mel & Dom about Progressive Diversity. She has seen and experienced changes in the industry during her 10+ years as an engineer.  “I put progressive in front of that diversity, because I see it as something that … is about moving forward, promoting change and improving our current diverse industry”  This is a podcast about the engineering chall...
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What is in a title?  When you’re an engineer, a title could mean a lot.  Stephen Howe spoke to Mel & Dom about his observations of a worrying situation in the engineering industry where engineers are chasing the grandiose role title, even if their experience doesn’t equate.  “But don't play into this phenomenon of "job title, scope creep" that I think is a disservice to the industry and to the individuals and clie...
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April 22, 2021 19 min
Grace Kennedy is a Systems Engineer.  She specialises in understanding, modelling and communicating the interaction of humans and technical systems.  She spoke to Mel & Dom about her thoughts and experience on Human Systems Integration and expresses her concern with engineers ensuring they keep the human interaction at the forefront of their mind as they are creating new systems.  “Technological systems are evolving at a real...
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April 15, 2021 22 min
Electricity in mines is a very concerning hazard.  And while there have not been any fatalities in Australian mines due to electrocution in well over 30 years, this does not mean engineers are not working on it.  Peter Stepien spoke to Mel & Dom about his concern that engineers must stay vigilant with evolving technology, specifically currently with variable speed drives in mines.  This is a podcast about the engineering chall...
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April 8, 2021 26 min
Ami Pasricha has been thinking about the Internet Of Things (IOT) since very early in her career.  In fact, her very first project at university utilised this technology.  Ami spoke to Mel & Dom about her incredible work in this cutting edge area of IOT and describes some of the challenges facing this technology in the future.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our En...
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March 25, 2021 25 min
Our reliance on computers means the fact of cyber-crime is more of a question “when”, not “if”. Renee Wootton spoke to Engineering Heroes about how society is now facing cyber-attacks on a daily basis and how it is of vital importance that cyber engineers are involved in the development and upgrade of computer systems.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering He...
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March 18, 2021 28 min
Craig Smith has worked in the engineering industry for over 2 decades. He notes that we are living in a real infrastructure boom, an era of mega projects.  And he’s deeply concerned about the real skills shortage being experienced in Australia.  No longer can Australia rely upon engineers from overseas bolstering the engineering ranks, we must look towards our own society for the future engineering leaders of our community   This ...
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March 7, 2021 28 min
Sue Murphy is a highly regarded engineer who has worked in the industry for nearly 4 decades. She spoke to Engineering Heroes about the importance of water management, which is a key priority in WA, and how the key to any successful engineering project is communication and co-operation with the community and all stakeholders.  "Politicians of Western Australia have always understood that water's a long-term problem and you...
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Disaster Resilience is all about managing floods and fires and everything nature can throw at us.  Well, this would be wrong. According to Paul Gleeson, you can’t consider disaster resilience without also considering climate change.  If you want to consider and manage Australia’s disaster resilience, you need to look deeper, towards climate change, which is creating a larger occurrence of disasters upon the world. “when I think ab...
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“Smart communities are sustainable communities”. This week Mel & Dom speak to Zoe Eather, the host of The Smart Communities Podcast. Zoe discusses that the technology the is required to improve our living in our communities, but it also goes a step further.  A mindset change is needed, and sustainability is more than just an individual or community level.  The big businesses of the world also have a very important role to play...
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February 18, 2021 13 min
Consider walking into a supermarket, placing your order for fruit & vegetables and then getting them picked fresh from the rooftop garden.  Today’s guest is Brandon Miller from Sprout Stack and that is exactly his vision for the future.  His engineering has the potential to completely revolutionise the way society experiences food.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are...
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February 11, 2021 15 min
This is another mini-episode in the lead up to World Engineering Day 2021. In this episode we speak to Dr Xiaojing Hao about her work in energy and finding ways to boost the world’s solar power.  Imagine if your mobile, or car, or building could become a solar panel and actually generate enough energy to run itself. "There are lots of scientists and engineers working on how to integrate the solar panel into different areas” Dr ...
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February 4, 2021 19 min
World Engineering Day for 2021 is upon us, and Engineers Australia is proud to present Ashley Brinson as he shares with us how important engineers are in ensuring a healthier planet.  Ashley discusses how important the circular economy is to a sustainable future and the important roles engineers have in ensuring this.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering H...
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“If you’re in space, you’re in the future”. Today is the final REFOCUS episode for season 4, and we revisit a very, very early episode where we spoke to Anntonette Dailey, the Executive Director of the Australian Space Agency.  Anny spoke to Mel & Dom about how the agency “is not going to be a NASA” and the role is aims to play in forming our modern society.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing ...
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January 21, 2021 14 min
Every episode of Engineering Heroes, Mel & Dom ask our guest what is an engineering item they admire?  In this REFOCUS episode, Mel & Dom compiled the most popular engineering items. Items include Bridges, Space and the Snowy Mountain Scheme.  With honourable, interesting mention going to the Deathridge Wheel and Crash Test Dummies.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These...
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This is a REFOCUS episode... an episode where we revisit to refocus on a topic from an earlier time in our podcast history. Dan Taylor thinks it's well past time for engineers to step forward and promote themselves as the experts they are... “Be a Kevin McCloud of engineering”  Being reserved at the start of your career is expected, but there comes a time in every engineer’s career when they must recognise that it’s time to a...
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December 10, 2020 7 min
Every episode of Engineering Heroes, Mel & Dom ask our guest what a piece of advice is they would offer an engineer just starting out.  In this final episode of 2020, we have compiled to top advice from some of the leading engineers in Australian industry.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering Heroes. A podcast from Engineers Australia. Your hosts are ...
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REFOCUS is a short episode where we revisit some of the key ideas from some of our previous guests on the podcast.  This week we refocus on the message presented to us by Dr Mary Stewart.  She speaks to us about the important role engineers have to ensure our planet’s climate doesn’t continue to spiral out of control.  But engineers, and others, won’t want to engage until policy certainty is obtain by all sides of the government. ...
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James Glastonbury is 3rd generation engineer. And he believes that, in construction “as an industry, we're underperforming.” James believes that engineers have a very important role to play in meeting the challenges being presented, but also unlocking the opportunities of innovation within the construction industry.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering ...
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November 19, 2020 30 min
Kathleen Boseley spoke to Mel & Dom about how she and her team at Airbus are coping with COVID.  Because while work and life has become a challenge, if you're creative with it, it can actually be really beneficial.  This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are facing today’s society. These are our Engineering Heroes. A podcast from Engineers Australia. Your hosts are Melanie and Dominic De Gioia See omnyst...
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