UNSW Women in Engineering camp visit WRL

Lecturer Dr. Kristen Splinter discussing reef hydrodynamics with the students in the 1.2 m wave flumeEach January, the UNSW Faculty of Engineering hosts a live-in camp for young women in year 11 and 12 interested in finding out about the exciting careers available to professional engineers.

This year, the 103 young women on the Women in Engineering Camp visited WRL where they met a group of researchers and students who presented several of the ground-breaking research experiments and industry projects currently underway at the lab.

The group toured the site with Grantley Smith and Alice Harrison and learned about projects on car stability and safety during flooding, pressurised flow in pipes, reef hydrodynamics and wave processes, our field equipment (including our growing family of drones!), fishway design and hydraulic jumps.

The demonstrations really expanded their knowledge on the many facets that engineers take in their day to day work. The students had lots of great questions on how we chose our careers, the degrees we undertook, and how we like working in water engineering. They really enjoyed being able to talk to so many of our amazing female engineers on site and see the work they were doing.


Check out photos from the tour on our facebook page here!

Please see the Women in Engineering page for more information on this exciting program. 

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