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There’s so much more to engineering than hard hats and building bridges. But Seriously, What Is Engineering? is a 12-part podcast series that explores all corners of engineering, from the mine site to the microscope. Join Kartikee Gupta, a civil and structural engineer and Women in Engineering advocate for The University of Queensland, as she asks industry professionals, current engineering students and educators from across the engineering sector the big questions: What does a career in engineering look like? What makes a great engineer? And what’s in store for the future of engineering? Join us as we find out once and for all…but seriously, what is engineering?

But Seriously, What is Engineering‪?‬ The University of Queensland

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There’s so much more to engineering than hard hats and building bridges. But Seriously, What Is Engineering? is a 12-part podcast series that explores all corners of engineering, from the mine site to the microscope. Join Kartikee Gupta, a civil and structural engineer and Women in Engineering advocate for The University of Queensland, as she asks industry professionals, current engineering students and educators from across the engineering sector the big questions: What does a career in engineering look like? What makes a great engineer? And what’s in store for the future of engineering? Join us as we find out once and for all…but seriously, what is engineering?

    Floating into the future

    Floating into the future

    Imagine an entire city floating peacefully and sustainably on water, its energy comes from waves and wind, food is fish that grows in specially-designed ocean-based structures…this is the life work of globally renowned structural engineer and UQ researcher Professor CM Wang.
    His vision for a more sustainable future will leave you inspired.
    "[In the future,] we will be much richer in terms of new energies available, living will be clean, and farming could change in ways we never thought possible,” he said.
    Hear more about his work and how engineers can help to make a better world in the final episode of But Seriously, What is Engineering? Season One.
    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 19 min
    Where can engineering take you?

    Where can engineering take you?

    When you think of engineering it’s often the technical side that comes to mind – building and designing, maths and science. But a career in engineering can take many paths.
    In this week’s episode, we meet Trang Pham and Rebecca Pickering, two engineers who have paved their own way in engineering, and whose careers look nothing like they expected.
    Hear how through their exciting careers they are working with the community and empowering their sector to excel in every way, not just technically.
    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 22 min
    Helping the world with humanitarian engineering

    Helping the world with humanitarian engineering

    Engineers are passionate about helping people and making the world a better place to live.
    Our guests today, Vigya and Aira, are willing to go the extra mile to help the world through their passion working as humanitarian engineers.
    Join us as we learn more about humanitarian engineering – an area where you can build on your existing engineering knowledge to solve problems and address global issues such as climate change and poverty or help to develop interventions for clean, modern and reliable forms of energy or water sanitation.
    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 10 min
    The engineering industry, then and now

    The engineering industry, then and now

    A lot in the engineering industry has changed in the past 30 years, but, according to mother-daughter engineering duo, Jo-Anne Dudley and Darcy Beer, hard work, resilience, and passion are still the key ingredients to a fulfilling career in engineering.
    Jo-Anne is a mining engineer with 26 years’ experience in the engineering sector and her daughter, Darcy is studying civil and environmental engineering at UQ. Together they share and compare their experiences studying and working in the engineering industry, including starting out in the workplace, raising a family as a fly-in fly-out worker, and the piece of advice Darcy values most from her mum.
    If you are considering taking the leap into engineering, this episode is essential listening.
    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 26 min
    Why engineering?

    Why engineering?

    Research indicates that most people know what they want to be when they grow up by age 10.
    In this episode of the But Seriously, What is Engineering? podcast, we ask, why choose engineering?
    Hear from Caitlin Grant, a third-year chemical and environmental engineering student at The University of Queensland, as she shares her motivations to pursue engineering and why she sticks with this rewarding, yet challenging, program.
    Engineering wasn’t on Caitlin’s radar growing up. She originally wanted to be a vet, but support and encouragement from family and a desire to combine her environmental-mindedness with skills in problem solving and maths drew her to study chemical and environmental engineering at UQ.
    These days, a dream to make a positive impact on our global environmental footprint and think differently about waste helps to keep her motivated through her studies.
    Listen in as Caitlin shares tips for making the most of your engineering studies, including postgraduate studies, industry placement, exchange experiences, networking, and the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.
    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 27 min
    Dreaming big to drive diversity in engineering

    Dreaming big to drive diversity in engineering

    It was the declining number of women enrolled in Jessica Kahl’s university engineering courses that sparked her big business idea.
    Jessica saw the impact she could make on school students and was inspired to create more opportunities for young people to experience the exciting reality of the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) field first-hand. And so, her business Dream Big Australia was born.
    Now a civil engineer herself, Jessica is inspiring a new generation of future engineers to consider a career in STEAM while driving gender balance in the engineering industry and championing innovation.
    Her engineering journey will leave you inspired.

    To learn more about studying engineering at The University of Queensland, visit the Future Students website.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

ImFarFromHome ,

Thinking about engineering as a career? Parents worried about your offspring becoming an Engineer?

Then this podcast is worth a squiz. Look for the episodes that appeal to your needs and have a listen. Short-ish in length, they are easy to fit into your listening regime!

Gennybean ,

The fun side of engineering!

If you want to know more about the engineering industry and the places it could take you, this is a great podcast series.

Particularly useful for parents, teachers and anyone thinking of directing students towards engineering or anyone tossing up whether to pursue a career in engineering. 👌

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