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.... Show More

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August 6, 2020 31 min
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 improving how to deal with risks.  This is a podcast about the engineering challen...
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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 past.  Once you focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses, this will unlock th...
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July 23, 2020 29 min
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 changing … a disability to ... superhuman ability”.  Anusha is one of t...
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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 say that if we have a few more engineers on boards, then perhaps we might be ...
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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 society. These are our Engineering Heroes. A podcast produced by Engineers Austra...
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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 manufacturing is for Australia, it will be in the creation of that high value, niche, product....
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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 Engineering Heroes. A podcast by Engineers Australia featuring hosts Mel & Dom...
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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. A podcast from Engineers Australia.
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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 my dad always says, you still gotta have that connection to your community, cause tha...
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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 Volunteering, and by freely giving of your time and skills, it can mak...
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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 Engineers Australia.
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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 to stay relevant”. Bronwyn discusses some ways that engineers can continue gr...
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Welcome to a NEW DAWN OF ENGINEERING CHALLENGES. As Engineering Heroes approaches it's 2nd birthday, big changes are occurring.  We are growing and maturing. Join us as we enter the New Dawn.
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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 series from the ANU CECS. Each episode in the series will delve into some key engineerin...
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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 head.  We share with you another wonderful episode from Reimagine STEM, a podcast s...
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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 rich and deep interviews this episode will present what benefit engineers can bring t...
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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 engineering education. 
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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.
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Harry Hubbert always knew he wanted to build boats. But he never expected the journey to take him so close to the cutting edge of innovation, and one of the key truths he has learned along the way so far is that he isn’t in this alone. Collaboration is the key.
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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.
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