The 2013 edition of the Australian Engineering Week concluded recently after the completion of 29 events across Sydney that engaged young and old in the diverse and interesting work of engineers.
John Nichols, President and Australian Engineering Week Chairman said that the weeklong activities were designed for a wide cross-section of the community.
Organised by Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, one of the highlights was The Great Engineering Challenge at the University of NSW, which saw over 200 students from across NSW gather to explore the complexities of engineering experiments.
A range of hands-on activities got Year 10 and 11 students involved in real life challenges, encouraging them to think laterally to solve problems while also highlighting the opportunities in an engineering career.
With a full house of engaged attendees, The Next Step - Careers Presentation sponsored by Hyder Consulting held at Engineers Australia, Sydney Division in Chatswood highlighted the skills required by the industry. An engaging Q&A session saw graduate students and experienced professionals share ideas, motivation and helpful hints.
Key events held throughout Australian Engineering Week 2013 included the Harricks Address; Energy Forum; Engineering Breakfast sponsored by Engineering Education Australia; the Women in Engineering Gala Dinner; Young Engineers Australia Sydney (YEAS) Trivia Night; and numerous site tours of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons, RAAF base, Olympic Drive Bridges and St Mary's Recycling Plant.