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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 e…
 
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 t…
 
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 Wester…
 
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, w…
 
“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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 eng…
 
“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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 engi…
 
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 Eng…
 
Richard Hopkins is an EA Companion. He left school at 16 to work in Formula One which he saw “formula one as a bit of an avenue to make something of myself.“ And he has. Now Richard is a Professor of Practice at UNSW and is training the engineers of the future on keep up with the innovations that are regularly happening. “What we don't want to do i…
 
Ruby Heard is concerned about “how to deliver responsible, sustainable energy solutions to remote communities”. She works in the remote communities of Australia and the Pacific and see so many examples of abandoned engineering – “We've just left them with no support and no money to have these things maintained”. Unfortunately, the solution is compl…
 
Stewart Garden joins us to discuss that design in infrastructure is a real issue in Australia. This has been a problem building over the last 20 years, and we are at “an intergenerational low in the quality of design information and design output”. And it’s an issue that will require changes is design standards, training, fee structures, politics, …
 
Joyce Ferng believes we need “a change in the whole concept of how we design things and how we construct things”. Change is inevitable, but Joyce Ferng spoke to Mel & Dom about how the engineering industry is falling behind, it needs to be more progressive. She points out that engineers need to be more future-focused in not just solving problems of…
 
Tony Irwin started working in power plants at 15 and has loved every minute of it. He is now ‘retired’ - yet busier than ever! - Tony is passionately communicating to the wider community about generating energy from clean emission sources, of which nuclear must be part of the solution. Tony believes that the key to moving Australia from one of the …
 
Alexandra Radulovich doesn’t feel she has experienced any direct impacts of discrimination, in fact her career is progressing well. And, as her career has progressed, Alex has started experiencing Imposter Syndrome. “Being a female in engineering has never really bothered me”. But she can’t stop the voice in her head asking... “why are they listeni…
 
Mel & Dom speak to Major General Marcus Thompson, the current Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force. He spoke about the many, many challenges facing all of society now and how engineers are perfectly placed to rise to the challenge and help tackle the issues. He also discusses how the solutions and the technology being utilis…
 
Rosanna Mosely has seen that increasingly, engineers require a more diverse range of skills. No longer is it just about maths and problem solving. Engineers must be able to broaden their scope of what is required of an engineer to include the soft skills that are so often spoken about. This is a podcast about the engineering challenges that are fac…
 
What is the cause of engineering failures? This is a question that Sean Brady has examined a number of times, in a number of ways. Sean is an engineer and a podcaster and is driven to present to society the multitude of reasons things fail. And urges “we really have to start thinking about failure in a different way.” This is a podcast about the en…
 
Adele Faraone made the decision to shake things up and moved her engineering career to the Northern Territory.... just as the impact of COVID started to hit society. Adele spoke to Engineering Heroes about how, pre-COVID a key challenge for engineers was getting flexible working options. And how COVID has actually forced the solution – but will it …
 
Tom got into engineering to gain further understanding in the world around him. And he realised there was so much still unknown, especially in the area of safety engineering. He has realised the key is to keep innovating... “keep anticipating where things might go wrong”. And that even when it seems difficult or too much of a challenge, to not shy …
 
When thinking about the future, Jillian Formentin sees that one of the main challenges facing engineers is the need to create the interface between things and people. And to do that, the industry must have diversity of thinking. We need to be encouraging a new breed of engineers into the industry, ones with a flexible mindset who can create this in…
 
Dr Scott Martyn became an engineer to make the world a better place. He is passionate about Sustainable Health and helping to make this world a healthier place for everyone. But it’s not just about living well and eating right. The built environment is an integral component in ensuring sustainable health. And engineers themselves are responsible in…
 
Jessica Qiu spoke to Engineering Heroes about Holistic Engineering. She discusses the risk that is taking place right now as we move away from holistic engineering due to the higher level of size and complexity of projects. This is a collaboration challenge on a grant scale. We must create a common source for data and improve trust by managing risk…
 
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 …
 
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 p…
 
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…
 
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 sa…
 
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 …
 
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 manufacturin…
 
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 Engineeri…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 Engine…
 
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…
 
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 serie…
 
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 h…
 
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 ri…
 
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